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(No Model.) I H. H. SGHLBBEB.
No. 258,256; Patented May 23, 1882:.
UNrTEn STATES PATENT amen.
HENRY H. SOHLEBER, OF ROCHESTER, NEW YORK.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 258,255, dated May 23, 1882.
Application filed August 24, 1881. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HENRY H. SCHLEBER, of Rochester, Monroe county, New York, have invented an Improvement in Cigarettes, of which the following is a specification, reference being bad to the annexed drawings.
The object of my invention is to provide cigarettes with a mouth-piece which will be exceedingly cheap, and which at the same time shall be adapted to absorb the nicotine and other poisonous matters set free by the burning ofthe tobacco, and which shall retain, when moist, the proper degree of rigidity to maintain the body of the cigarette in position.
To this end my invention consistsin amouthpiece composed of a long strip of light porous.
wood wound in such manner as to form a cylinderwith the grain lying in line with its axis. The mouth-piece thus constructed will absorb readily the nicotine and oils set free from the tobacco and prevent them from passing to the mouth of the smoker. At the same time the cylinder, owing to the fact that the grain of the wood runs lengthwise thereof, will retain, when moist, a suffioient degree of rigidity to sustain properly the body of the cigarette, the shaving being wound upon itseltin such manner as to produce a cylinder of a length equal to the width of the shaving. The mouth-piece possesses a considerable degree of solidity, and consequently is in no danger of being closed by the pressure of the teeth in such manner as to prevent the passage of the smoke through it.
I am aware that mouth-pieces have been made of glass, of paper coiled in the form of a cylinder, of broom-straw, and of husks and banana-leaves, the latter being non-absorbent.
.Iam also aware thatit has been proposed in a patent to form a mouth-piece of a strip of paper, wood, or other similar material by coiling the same in a spiral form, thus producing a light tapering tube of a length many times greater than the width of the strip employed. The patent did not, however, disclose any special practically advantage resulting from the use of the Wood, 1101' did it state that the grain of the wood was to lie lengthwise of the mouth piece. Moreover, the mouth-piece constructed in accord ance with the patent would possess little stiffness and would become useless whensubjected to the pressure of the teeth.
My improved mouth-piece or absorptive filling for the month end of cigarettes is represented in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a side view of the finished cigarette. Fig. 2 is an end view of the absorptive filler. Fig. 3. is an end view of the month end of the finished cigarette. Fig. 4 is an end view ofthe absorptive filler partially unrolled. Fig. 5 is a central longitudinal section through the filler. Fig. 6 is a plan view of the filler unrolled.
In the manufacture of my improvement I make the absorptive filler by planing or otherwise removing from wooden blocks shavings of suitable length and wid th having their fibers running at right angles with theirlength. Suitable dimensions for the shavings are one inch in width and three inches in length and a thickness about equal to that of ordinary cardboard;
but these dimensions may be changed to suit woodenshaving. Theabsorptivefillingorshaving is rolled on itself into a cylinder, having the fiber ot the wood parallel to its axis, and compressed sufficiently to allow its'introduction into the unfilled end of the cigarette. The filling is held in place within the 'paper tube by its expansion after being inserted therein, no gum or other adhesive material being necessary to hold it in place.
My improvement will be readily understood from an inspection of the accompanying drawings, in which a represents the paper covering of the cigarettes, and b the absorptive filler or mouth-piece, consisting of a rolled wooden. shaving inserted into the mouth endof the cigarettes.
Cigarettes provided with my improved absorptive filling will be found to possess many advantages over those ordinarily used, the wooden filling being superior to any other mabacco filling drawn or pushed through, so as to afford space for the introduction of the rolled terial hitherto employed for this purpose, since it is cleanerand more fully absorbs the nicotine and moisture than cotton, cork, or corn-husks; and it is cheaper to manufacture, being held in place when inserted within the paper tube by its expansion, without the employment of adhesive materiah Wood possesses a special advantage for use as a mouth-piece, in that when moistened it retains its stiffness or rigidity in the direction of the length of its fiber, so that although the mouth-piece may become thoroughly saturated by the saliva and nicotine it still retains a sufficient degree of rigidity to prevent its bending or doubling down, and thereby permitting the body of the cigarette to fall.
I am aware that mouth pieces have been made of glass, paper, and other materials. The former are objectionable because they are not absorbent, and thelat-ter objectionable because when thoroughly moistened they become soft and pliable, losing their strength and doubling or bending in the middle, so as to permit the cigarette to fall.
Having thus described my invention, what Witnesses:
Gno. B. SELDEN, J AS. I GORDON.