Improvements in Life-belts.

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11,271. Holthausen, F. June 21. Belts &c. ; swimming and bathing appliances.-A lifebelt for boatmen, bathers, swimmers, &c., consists of a chain of short cylindrical floats a containing cork or other light material enclosed by an inner coat of waterproof india-rubber fabric and an outer cover of fireproof fabric. Adjacent cylinders are connected by three tarred or pitched cords, to which brass rings b are attached. At each end of the chain is attached a double elastic india-rubber band, carrying a strong brass spring hook c. When the belt is wound round the neck, chest, and body, the hooks c are made to engage two of the rings b. The floats may be filled with a torrefied mixture of powdered cork, Paris lampblack, and pulverized common elder.

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