The Straw Hat for Storms. The Top Turns Inside Out
A STRAW hat which can be taken out in the fiercest storm with impunity is
a recent invention of William Wilson, of Newark, New Jersey. There is nothing exceptional about the straw. The top of the hat, however, can be turned inside out. The folded waterproof covering that is thus exposed can be drawn over the entire upper surface of the hat.
Ordinarily the waterproof cover is concealed beneath a cloth lining under the top. An elastic band keeps the lining drawn up tight.
Arthur Picard, a resident of New York city. It is in three sections—a handle, a sliding support for the pad, and the pad itself which may be of bristles or of absorbent material. The sliding support has
side jaws which clamp the pad securely in place when the ring shown on the tapered portion of the handle is pushed up as far
as it will go on the p a d -holder. To release the pad, the ring is si ipped
the handle, and the tongue in the groove of the pad-support is pushed up. This expels the pad from the groove.