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New York Herald, June 15, 1902, Third Section, page 12:
American Genius Once More Solves a Problem.
Conclusive Tests at Philadelphia Demonstrate the Successful Utilization of the Earth's Energy, Saving Millions in Telephone Expense.
Following the successful exhibitions conducted by Nathan Stubblefield at his home in Kentucky last January, and at Washington, D. C., last March, which have already been described in the New York Herald and Sun, Philadelphia Press, Louisville Courier-Journal, Washington Times and other leading papers of the country, has come the most notable success of all in the demonstrations given by him at Philadelphia, May 30 and 31 and June 4.
These demonstrations covered talking both through the wireless telephone and over the uninsulated wire, at distances varying from a quarter of a mile up to a mile and a half, not only on the land, but under and across the Schuylkill River, and elicited from the spectators, or rather auditors, such enthusiastic comments as "a brilliant success," "positively wonderful," "Wireless Telephony is possible, and "he has solved it," the last being the dictum of a high electrical authority.
Of the results of these tests the Philadelphia Inquirer says:--
The Philadelphia Times says:--
Successful Demonstration of New Apparatus Made at Belmont.
A successful demonstration of wireless telephony took place at Belmont Mansion yesterday afternoon, under the direction of the Wireless Telephone Company of America.
Successful tests were made in Louisville, Ky., and Washington, D. C., recently. Many persons were present at Belmont during yesterday's demonstration, and all who placed the receiver to their ears went away convinced that the Wireless Telephone Company of America is able to do all that it claims. The inventor of the system, Nathan Stubblefield, and his son were present and demonstrated the advantages of the machine. The messages were received a little over a mile from Belmont Mansion. Mr. Stubblefield's son operated the transmitter on the second floor of the hotel, and about forty or fifty persons listened to him in the adjoining woods."
"WIRELESS 'PHONE A SUCCESS.
The Philadelphia Record:--
CONVERSATION CARRIED ON AT A DISTANCE ONE AND A HALF MILES.
Nathan Stubblefield, the Kentuckian who has succeeded in perfecting a wireless telephone, gave a public demonstration of his patent yesterday for the benefit of several scientists, financiers and newspaper men. The test was made on the banks of the Schuylkill River, from the Belmont pumping station to the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge, an air line of about one and one-half miles, and those who talked over the wireless line had no difficulty in carrying on conversation and making each other understood.
The test of what Mr. Stubblefield calls his 'uninsulated line' was made first. This was an ordinary telephone wire lying on the ground, running through the water and trees and bushes, entirely unprotected by glass or porcelain insulators, to which ordinary telephone and telegraph wires are attached on poles. The current apparently was not affected by the contact of the wire with the ground, and conversations carried on in an ordinary tone of voice were heard at both ends of the line.
Next the wireless method was tried, and it proved as satisfactory as the uninsulated system."
"TELEPHONED THROUGH GROUND.
Thus Mr. Stubblefield's 12 years of untiring labor, study and exhaustive experiment have at last won for him a place among the great inventors who have benefited mankind by their genius. While his work has not heretofore been as familiar to the public as that of Edison, Bell and Marconi, he has long been known to the leading electrical investigators of the day, and his recent success has caused those most interested in wireless telephony and telegraphy to seek his advice and judgment. A most interesting account of his wireless apparatus, and of his other great invention--the uninsulated wire--also of the recent water tests on the Potomac River at Georgetown, D. C, is contained in "The Inventive Age" for May, published at Washington, D. C and in the New York/Scientific American of May 24. (A reprint of these articles may be obtained on addressing any of the offices of Mr. Stubblefield's company, The Wireless Telephone Co. of America.)
TESTS OF STUBBLEFIELD'S SYSTEM IN FAIRMOUNT PARK.
Nathan Stubblefield, of Kentucky, who telephones without wires by using the soil for the transmission of currents instead of the air, gave a series of demonstrations in Fairmount Park yesterday. The tests were made between a temporary station on the roof of Belmont Mansion and selected spots from a quarter to a mile away. A battery of unknown ingredients is used to generate the current, and other specialized apparatus, in which the mechanism is a secret, is employed to transmit and take up the vibratory waves of the current in the soil.
The ground tests were fairly successful in the opinion of Professor Edwin J. Houston, of the Franklin Institute, and a small company of invited guests, who listened to the transmission of signals with distinctness. Among these was the music of a harmonica. In the afternoon a successful test was made of conveying telephonic messages over a 'bare' wire submerged in the Schuylkill River."
Most material proof of the widespread interest and faith in Mr. Stubblefield's inventions is displayed in the hundreds of subscriptions already received from all over the country for the stock of his company, which was only placed on the market a week ago.
While Mr. Stubblefield, like most inventors, is a man of only moderate means, he has refused most flattering offers for his inventions, preferring to secure his capital from the public rather than sacrifice the results of his work to a syndicate, and the event has justified his action in organizing his own company for the purpose.
Notwithstanding the fact that the enormous savings made in both the telephone and telegraph business by the new Stubblefield systems, as against the old methods, almost of themselves guarantee earnings equal to the Bell, the Company is capitalized at only $5,000,000 (at $1.00 per share par, full paid and non-assessable), $2,000,000 of which has been placed in the treasury for a working fund. For the immediate construction of a plant for manufacturing the Stubblefield apparatus, already compelled by the demand, a portion of this latter amount is now being sold at 25c. per share.
THIS FIGURE FOR THIS STOCK PLACES SUBSCRIBERS IN EXACTLY THE SAME POSITION AS THE EARLIEST INVESTORS IN BELL TELEPHONE WHOSE PROFITS HAVE AMOUNTED TO OVER 2,000%.
Further particulars concerning Mr. Stubblefield's inventions and the almost instantaneous demand for them may be obtained on application either in person or by mail to the WIRELESS TELEPHONE CO. OF AMERICA, 11 Broadway, New York and 8 Exchange place, Boston. All indications are that the present allotment of stock will be very rapidly taken up.