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House's Lightning Printing Press

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We witnessed, yesterriay anemoon, the beautiful operation of this truly aslonishing invention, and are earnest in pronouncing it one of the most magnificent inrentiuns of the age. It is intcnded for the tranmission of Telcgraphic inteüigcncc, the letters themselves hcing prinled upon tho slips with great accuracy and deipaU'h, no interpreter being necessary for the purpose of rendering symbolical signs inio intt'-lligible langunge, but any child who knowsits alphabet can readily read the ribbin-like slips os they fall from the mysterious workings of the machine. Our limits do not permit n descripiion, even if it were in our power. "We will onlysay that the impres-ions of each letter are made upon a small steel wheel ofsome four inchesin diaineter, around the periphery of vvhich the alphabet is arranged. This wheel, upon toucliing a key with a certain etter upon it, instanlly performs a partial revolution, which brings thfi diameter sought immediately obove the slip in writing. As if imbued with instinct, a spring is let loose, which forcos the slip against the type - tho pnper passes on a t rifle - again the wheel starts, another impre-sion, and oon, letter by letter, as fast as one can touch the kys, iheparagraph slips out to view. The operation is benutiful nnd exact. - No ink is used, but the prinling is but a shade lighter than that which the reatier is now perusing, nnd the rapidity with which it is executed is truly grand. In the present instance, the entire apparntus is in one room, No. 5 Eldridge street; the case of keys being but a few feet removed from the press. Yet there is no obstacle whatever to separating them thou sands of miles, and such is the delicac} and accuracy of the machine, that the preas, though it be stationed in New Or leans, unerringly indicatps 10 the opera tor who might be ín this city, the fact each time a single letter is produced ! Professor House has been some two or three years perfecting this splendid tri uph of art and science. Patents have meanwhile, been secured in most of the European Kingdoms, as also in the U. S nnd the Cañadas. We fariherlearn tha several contraots are now in a state o negotiation forthe variousTelegraphline in the Union. This invention wil doubtless supersede all others, and we hope thatthe patiënt and talented invento