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  • As for my uncle Toby, his smoke-jack had not made a dozen revolutions, before he fell asleep also. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Hams, tongues, and flitches of bacon, were suspended from the ceiling; a smoke-jack made its ceaseless clanking beside the fireplace, and a clock ticked in one corner.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • Up the chimney an old smoke-jack was clicking, whirling, and making the most dismal noise imaginable.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Tick, tick, went the old Dutch clock in the corner, and the smoke-jack kept up its whirring noise.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Then John Stevens of Hoboken began a series of experiments in 1791, trying elliptical paddles, smoke-jack wheels, and other ingenious contrivances, which soon found the oblivion of Fitch's inventions.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • The common smoke-jack is an instrument in which the velocity communicated is too great for the purpose required, and it is transmitted through wheels which reduce it to a more moderate rate.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 559, July 28, 1832

  • Such idiots were usually employed in some simple sort of occasional labour; and if we are not misinformed, the situation of turn-spit was often assigned them, before the modern improvement of the smoke-jack.

    Famous Reviews

  • Hams, tongues, and flitches of bacon were suspended from the ceiling; a smoke-jack made its ceaseless clanking beside the fire-place, and a clock ticked in one corner.

    Vanishing England

  • Minute recurrent sounds prevailed -- the click of the smoke-jack, the flap of the flames, and the light touches of the women's slippers upon the stone floor.

    Desperate Remedies

  • A smoke-jack was run somewhat irregularly by the pressure of smoke and the current of hot air in the chimney.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

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