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DICK, Robert, inventor, born in Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, 12 January 1814. At the age of seven he came with his father's family to Canada. A short time after their arrival, while traveling through Canada, the father and mother died, leaving eleven children. The eldest, a sister, determined on keeping the brothers and sisters together. They finished their journey, and settled in Lanark County, Canada West. Mr. Dick's studies were pursued under grave disadvantages, but he succeeded and was graduated at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1841. He devoted himself to teaching, lecturing, and missionary work for several years, and in 1854 established the "Gospel Tribune," in Toronto, C.W. In 1856 he invented a newspaper mailing machine, the capacity of which, under successive improvements, was increased to 20,000 labels in a day of ten hours, pasted and attached by one operator to wrappers or papers. This invention is now in universal use.
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