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Various appliances have heretofore been proposed for avoiding the waste oi filling, and sometimes imper fect work, on account of the picker stick resting in a dead or solid manner against the "lathe block" as the shuttle comes upon it. The illustration herewith shows an improved device of this character, differing essentially from anything heretofore contrived, but yet so simple that its operation will be at once under stood. The cushioner, which is . made of metal, is secured to the under sidedoi:10.1038/scientificamerican05211887-322 fatcat:gzm4ma6rnzbatal5ei43yvl4ri