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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1912, Image 19

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smash, the ejectric light and
power irusc ana give enaiess
cheap electricity to the millions.
Meyers-is a mechanic, about 32
years old, who was ''sent up" for
forgery. He was put in charge
of the prison engine house. At
nights-and odd "hours he tinkered
with some sort of an invention.
But he wasn't taken seriously,
Only Parole Officer Sanders and
Prison "SuperintenderttSirns knew
what he was -trying to do. '
Just the Other dayMiss Kate
Barnard, famous commissioner
bf charities and correction of
Oklahoma, visited the prison.
'One night," says Miss Barn
ard, "Meters assistant came run
1 ntng from the pumping station
calling out, 'He's got it! He's got
ifcP '
"Between gasps he told u"s what
was doing, and we made a rus,h
for the engine" house. Meyers
was -working like mad at the fly
wheeT of the 26-horse power gas
engme, Outside was a strangd
contrivance emitting sparks.
Another stood on a small table
near the sparker of thfc engine,
wires connected them. There was
a stfrange light iri the eyes of the
man hope, uncertainty, and al
most terror as ff the ambition
of a lifetime was about to fail or
succeed. Suddenly the; wheel
'cattght' and the engine drove on
by its own power!"
Meyers was actually taking
electricity from trie, air above the
engine house to "spark" the gas
engine!
v "A look of joy flashed oyer his
face," says Miss Barnard. "Then
for the first time he saw us.
v "What are you doing here)
he demanded, forgetting he was
addressing the superintendent. "I
did not 'want this known till I get
out. X caVt protect myself -I'm
a prisoner this is my discovery."
The superintendent understqpd
his excitement and quietly assur
ed Meyers he would have every,
protection."
The very next day Miss Barn
ard went before the legislators
ahd asked them tp request the
governor, to release .Mjbyers for 30
days. They did. 'Then she plank
ed down $50 of her own money to
help him and challenged the legis
lators to match it Thy did that
t6o. " '
That niglt the governor made
Meyers a free man for one rrianth.
Next mbrning Meyers left for
Washington. He is going direct
ly to Samuel Gompers, head of
the A. F. of L., at Miss. Barnard's
suggestion sure that fbe labof
leader will aid him. ,
"I ,was skeptical at .first," says
Supt. Sims. "I thought it might
be a scheme td get a parole a'nd
:
First Man to Draw Electricity
from Air.
In 1752 Benjamin Franklin
sent up a kite, to the string o
which was fastened a jcey.
From the lightning of the
clouds Franklm drew electric-
ity, and proved his theory that
lightning and electricity are
the same. "
The drrect result of his dis-
covery was the lightning rod.

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