Issue 31 and Volume 1887 1.

THE EMPIRE LIFE-SAVING NET. THIS invention relates to improvements in life-saving apparatus for use at fires, and its object is to provide a net strong enough to resist the weight of bodies falling from a great height, and which shall be provided with suitable means about its circumference for keeping the tension equal. These objects are attained by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Heretofore appliances used at fires for a similar purpose have consisted either of textile fabric with handles attached around the edge, or else of cotton webbing, in which the warp and woof were each in parallel lines and sewed together at the points of crossing. These forms of apparatus were not sufficiently strong to resist the weight of falling bodies and were liable to sag. By means of this invention these difficulties are entirely removed. In the drawing A represents a central ring, preferably of…

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