London: Harris Febland, [1934?]. First edition. 8vo, original printed wrappers, 28 pages, wire stitched. Binding staples a little rusty; some light wear and dust-soiling; in very good condition. Item #18515
A tempest in a teapot: “In 1930, I invented a tea strainer and had it patented in the following [six] countries. . . . I would have patented it in America but my son, Leon, asked me to show my trust and confidence in him by allowing him to patent it for me in America. I had confidence in him and I trusted him and therefore allowed him to patent my tea strainer in America, in his name.” Soon Leon has persuaded his father to give up manufacturing the strainer in England in exchange for an exclusive licensing agreement with a partner in America; the promised royalties fail to materialize, the inventor follow his son to New York, where the new American daughter-in-law alienates his affections from the granddaughter; $5000 in cash is shown by the son to Harris Febland but the father’s share is not forthcoming, letters are stolen, the no-good son feeds false information about his mother to American immigration officials, the father attempts to horsewhip his son, a “Bum Lawyer” is bribed to perjure himself, the son takes out a contract on his father’s life, etc. etc., all until Harris Febland is at last forced here to declare formally, “Your father, Harris Febland, is done with you for ever.” The patent of Febland, Sr. indeed shows up in patent records; this pamphlet does not appear in OCLC.