IN Italy, where the business of ticket-selling runs far from smoothly, the government, which owns the railroads, has been experimenting with a device intended to simplify the work of the ticket-agent beyond the chance of errors, accidental or intentional. This machine prints a ticket for any place.

With the passenger's ticket an exact copy is also made in order to register the transaction, and a dial indicates to the traveler the correct fare. If the invention is found to work well in practise the intricate piles of pasteboard in the ticket-agent's office may soon become obsolete.

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