PHILADELPHIA, Penn., June 19.- A test of the new etheric engine was made yesterday at Inventor Keely's laboratory in this city. A number of gentlemen were present, inclusing General Manager Fransioli of the Manhattan Elevated Railway, New York: Mechanical Engineer Pierson of the same company, Chief Electrical Engineer Brown of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and Mr. Sterritt of the Metropolitan Traction Company, New York.
All were surprised at the force produced by Mr. Keely's new motor, but they declined to express any opinion as to its value.
The new engine is a complicated structure, arranged and supplied with vitalized disks of metal, placed at intervals on two hoops or bands of steel, one of which runs inside the other. These disks are composed of a secret metallic composition.
Mr. Keely's representative said he has a large number of drawings, specifications, and photographs, which he will, when he applies for a patent, submit to the authorities at Washington. This he expects to do in about thirty or sixty days. Aside from these disks, Mr. Keely has also prepared a metallic powder, which, to look at, very much resembles iron or steel filings, but which lacks one essential feature of iron or steel - it will not respond to the attraction of a magnet. The engine, which weighs about 200 pounds, will, it is said, develop fully ten-horse power. June 20, 1897