Garabed T. K. Giragossian earnestly asserts that he has discovered an engine, a ‘free energy generator,’ which will actually perform the miracles of the Arabian Nights and will quite completely revolutionize the world’s affairs and lift civilization to a higher plane. In 1917, he claimed to have a free energy machine. He was one of the early frauds to hide behind conspiracy theory. Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution offering him protection from some kind of conspiracy. After much fanfare, and delaying tactics his machine turned out to be a giant flywheel which was charged up with energy slowly and put out a lot of energy for just a second. In spite of lack of proof of anything significant his followers still bothered the US congress for recognition.
The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom
SIGNS IN THE DAY OF HIS PREPARATION
THE fulfillment of the prophetic pictures, symbols, and visions of the Bible, descriptive of the coming Age of man’s return to paradise, must without doubt involve discoveries, inventions,. and revolutionary changes in the affairs of mankind, compared with which, those of the present will seem small and insignificant. The providing of food, raiment, and shelter for all of the awakened dead, their uplift out of every kind of weakness, degradation, and degeneracy, their final establishment in the perfect state of the image and likeness of God in, a restored and transformed earth, from which every vestige of the curse, thorn, thistle, and. destructive blight and insect, etc., will have been removed, will necessitate the employment of forces and agencies at present entirely unheard of. Indeed the discoveries and wanders of the coming Age may be equal to and even exceed the wildest dreams and visions contained in many of the stories of fiction, examples of which we find in “The Arabian, Nights.” We read of how Aladdin’s palace was lifted off the ground and whisked many, many miles through the air across the desert and over the mountains by the slaves of the lamp; then, there is the story of “The Magic Carpet of Bagdad”; these being but fantastic figures of the imagination of the novelist have been dismissed by the reader as gigantic impossibilities. yet who will dispute that even now in advance of the Age of the administration of the Kingdom of God there are exhibitions of genius knowledge, and skill from which we see results that only a short time ago could not have been believed. Who could have thought a generation or two ago that man would be able to exercise such control over the forces of nature as to so successfully and safely travel through the air; or that mechanical devices could be produced so that men could speak with one another thousands of miles apart, without wires or any visible connection between, or that the photograph of a man could be taken by the use of a similar device. May not the wonderful productions and discoveries of our day be hints of greater and larger possibilities of the near future?
Claims of a New and Powerful Invention
There comes to our attention, at this time an article of recent publication describing a new and marvelous invention that it is alleged is capable of what would seem to be impossible of achievement. Knowing that many of the readers of this journal are observing with special interest the signs of our day that mark the imminence of the new dispensation and the Kingdom of God, we quote liberally from the article in question:
“Garabed T. K. Giragossian earnestly asserts that he has discovered an engine, a ‘free energy generator,’ which will actually perform the miracles of the Arabian Nights and will quite completely revolutionize the world’s affairs and lift civilization to a higher plane.
“The invention’ is a motor run by a mysterious and hitherto unknown force, without fuel and without expense and producing at no cost unlimited power. Nobody has seen it, or has any idea of what it is like; but the House of Representatives at Washington passed the other day a joint resolution (which awaits action by the Senate), guaranteeing to Mr. Giragossian exclusive property rights in his machine on condition that a commission of five scientists, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, shall find it new, practical and in conformity with the claims made for it.
“The inventor has sought a special protection from Congress because he believes that his secret, once divulged through the recording of an ordinary patent would be promptly pirated, involving him in endless and expensive litigation.
“‘My secret’ he says, ‘has nothing to do with perpetual motion. The engine, which I call the “Garabed,” is not electrical. It is operated by a force that already exists, merely waiting to be utilized, just as electricity always existed, waiting to be put to work. This force it concentrates, yielding condensed energy.
“‘In the nature of this force lies, the secret which I have discovered; my invention, is the engine that makes it work. The engine generates electricity in unlimited quantity free of cost. It will do away with the need and use of fuel of any kind. Operating without smoke and without danger of explosion, it is much cheaper and many times lighter than a steam engine of equal size, and can be installed conveniently in any dwelling, warming and illuminating the house, furnishing heat or cooking, freezing water for ice in the refrigerator land driving fans.
“‘There is in nature an unlimited supply of the force of which I speak. The problem, which I have solved, is to concentrate it, as the force of the winds, or of the tides, must be concentrated in order to run machinery. With a slight adjustment of the motor, ten horsepower can be raised to 100 horsepower. The Garabed can produce hundreds of thousands of horse-power, and, if desired, transmit the energy in the form of electricity over wires.
“‘Within an area no larger than the Boston Common, forty-eight acres, enough power can be produced to drive, all the industrial machinery in the world. With unlimited free energy supplied by the Garabed, the United States can feed and dress all the people on the terrestrial globe.
“‘With no expense for motive power,’ the inventor continued, ‘every one can afford to drive a car. That item of cost for automobiles and trucks being eliminated, urban populations will rapidly become decentralized, spreading outward.
“‘Garabed in the cellar of each home — if it be thought worth while to have a cellar, when there is no furnace and no fuel to be stored — will ‘Supply, in the form of electricity, all the energy needed for domestic purposes, including the running of the washing machine and sewing machine. The requisite apparatus is simple, portable, almost foolproof and occupies only a small space.
“‘Furnaces, cookstoves that use fuel, fireplaces, pipes to carry heat and all such devices will forever disappear from houses. Petroleum, no longer needed for motive will find other uses. The Garabed will supply free power, as well as light and heat, to every farm and factory.
“‘Every vehicle of travel and transport will be run by costless energy. One of my engines mounted on a railroad track, can haul without expense the heaviest train ever moved by the most powerful double locomotive. Without fuel and without cost it will propel the biggest ship that ever floated on the sea, at greater speed than she could attain when driven by the most improved oil engines.
“‘Steam engines will pass away,’ the inventor asserted, ‘relegated to the junk pile. Future generations will see them only in museums and will look upon them as curiosities.
“‘The future of aerial navigation depends upon a potent engine. Provided with a Garabed to supply motive power the airman requiring no fuel, will be free from danger of fire. He will not be obliged to descend to the earth for “gas” or water, and so can stay up in the air as long as he pleases. These advantages gained, the problem of commercial and passenger air navigation will be solved.
“‘The airship of the near future may be enabled to keep afloat merely by using electricity, supplied from her engine, to neutralize. the force of gravity. Such a craft can be sufficiently heated to overcome the difficulties of Arctic travel. A Garabed can furnish her with 10,000 horsepower, or as much more as may be desired, so that she can circle the globe several times without being obliged to descend so far as requirement of energy is concerned.
“‘I deem it not too imaginative to conceive of flying houses in the sky, held aloft by neutralization of gravity, and provided with huge gyroscopes to give them stability. They may be, as comfortable to live in as any earthfast dwellings we have today, and not less luxuriously equipped. The next generation may see, flocks of them traveling south to Florida in Autumn and returning in the Spring.
“‘How much more agreeable and convenient to move the house entire and complete, together with its contents, than to remove one’s furniture and other belongings out of a house in one place into a house in another place! With free energy available for such transportation, houses may be built specially for travel on wheels. A family residing in the East, and wishing to spend the Winter in California, will simply say au revoir to the neighbors and “step on the juice.”
“‘The Garabed will eliminate human labor and animal power from the agricultural field by substituting cost-free electricity.
“‘Unlimited free energy should bring about a revival of weaving and other, industries in the home. It should encourage women to take up useful employment which agreeably occupied the time of our grandmothers Automatic looms and other improved apparatus, easy to operate, would help. In urban communities such a revival of household manufacturing might not have much appeal, but, with women in rural districts it ought to gain approval.
“‘I do not think that I speak in exaggerated terms when I say that my invention is more important and of greater value to mankind than the discovery of a new world. Once turned properly to account, it will reshape the destinies of the human race.’
“Mr. Giragossian lives in Boston. He is by birth an Armenian, and came to this country in 1891. His invention is the product of more than twenty years’ incessant labor. With no knowledge of machinery he began in a little store that he kept, in Worcester, Mass., to experiment in the construction of ‘a new kind of engine.’ The ‘Garabed’ is the perfected result. It was a long and arduous struggle before that result could be attained;’ but, as he says, ‘some kind of intuition enabled me to grasp the principle.”‘