Self-moving Wheel-chairs, Gigs, Droskies,Cabs, &c (1856)

Self-Moving Wheel-Chairs, Gigs, Droskies, Cabs,&c

We have more than once urged the immense utility to the million of some simple, light vehicle, self-moved, or by means of spring power easily wound up, where by London workmen, tradesmen, clerks, &c., could go about their lawful calling, so as to be enabled to live in the suburbs and to run along in all directions independent of omnibuses, which, moreover, traverse only the main thoroughfares, and are therefore unsuitable in thousands of instances, even were their fares much cheaper than they are. The idea struck us on seeing a workman bowling along on a small velocipede with his tools in a box before him and we are astonished that in these “perambulator” times a simple, cheap, self-moving, – traverser, shall we call it, has not been invented, patented and already become almost universal, amongst all who do not at least “keep a gig.” These reflections have just been resuscitated by a correspondent, “Urgeo,” who impressively re-urges much the same ideas, but comes even more closely to the point than we have done, by specifying as an available motor, the Indian- rubber “Accumulator,” of which we some time since gave an account under the head of “Brooks.” By means of the “accumulator,” anyone could readily “harness” the moving power of his own little vehicle, if otherwise suitable and “Urgeo” states that these ingenious instruments (suggested, as may be remembered, from seeing an African Negro lift an enormous log of mahogany by help of the resilient force of tree branches, applied by means of wild vine withes), the “accumulators” are now made of even 100 horse power. The precise form of apparatus suggested by our correspondent is that of a barrel fixed to  axle, and round with the “accumulator” is to work, the wheels, we suppose, being made to rotate by means of cog-wheels communicating the power. It is not intended to dictate to inventors, however, how they ought to accomplish the great end in view: all that is desired is to set their wits to work towards the realization of a handy “traverser,” “accumulator,” or whatever it may be called and “Urgeo” suggests that others should contribute their thoughts on this important subject. – Builder.

The Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for the Eastern Counties , April 16, 1856

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