A A'OICE FROM
Patent Office at Washington do not show
Avhether a patentee is Avhite or colored. And
all inventions and original suggestions made
by a colored man before emancipation Avere
necessarily accredited to some Avhite individ¬
ual, a slave not being able to take the oath
administered to the applicant for a patent.
Prof. Wright, however, by simply collecting
through personal inquiry the number of colored
patentees Avhich could be remembered and
identified by examiners and attorneys pract¬
icing before the Patent Office authorities, pub¬
lished upAvards of fifty in the A. M. E. Re\xieAV
for April, 1886. Doubtless this number Avas
far Avithin the truth, and many new patents
haAre been taken out since his count Avas made.
Almost daily in my Avalk I pass an ordimiry
looking black man, Avho, I am told, is consid¬
ering an offer of $30,000 for his patent rights
on a corn planter, Avhich, by the Avay, has
been chosen as part of the Ohio exhibit for
the Columbian Exposition. He has secured
as many as half a dozen patents Avithin a few
years and is carrying around a " neAV machine "
in his head every day.
Granville Wood, of Cincinnati, has given
valuable returns to the Avorld as an electrician ;
and there is no estimating the money in the