Originally posted by Bill Mullins:
Note that this patent:
Patent number: 718547
Issue date: Jan 13, 1903
was witnessed by one E. S. Andrews.
(too bad it's not magic or gambling related . . .)
Hey, Bill, that is fun! Since the applicant was from Saskatoon, that particular E. S. Andrews may well have been "Captain E. S. Andrews," a riverboat captain and early settler in that area. I have quite a bit of information about him - enough to rule him out as Erdnase, I think - but I was quite enthused at one time, thinking of the purported Canadian connection of the book and that gambling might have been a feature on their riverboats, as it was on ours...
Ewart Sigmund Andrews, whom Mike Perovich was first to propose as a possible Erdnase candidate, also filed several patent applications. Alas, I also have enough information about him to rule him out pretty conclusively...