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April 30, 1990

This story was taken from the

C. W. Snell
Detroit, 1934


John Ernest Worrell Keely -- the discoverer of compound inter-

etheric force, as the result of more than 20 years of persistent
effort to apply this force to the operation of machinery has, at
last, but up to this time, not so mastered this subtle force as to
control reversions.

The development of his various discoveries has been one

uninterrupted work of evolution, reaching, within the last year, he
thinks, the sphere of perfect vibratory sympathy, both theoretically
and practically.

The proof of this is found in the fact that he now transmits

vibrations along a wire, connected at one end with the vibratory
machine which is the source of power and at its other end with the
engine or cannon, as the case may be, which is operated by such
vibratory power.

Until recently Keely stored force, as he generated it, in a

receiver, and experiments were made by him in the presence of
thousands at various times for the purpose of testing the operations
of this force, liberated in the presence of the audience and stored
up in this small receiver.

The editor of the Scientific American thus describes what took

place "The confined vapor was passed through one of the small
flexible tubes to a steel cylinder on another table, in which a
vertical piston was fitted so that its upper end bore against the
underside of a powerful, weighted lever. The superficial area of
this piston was equal to one-half of a square inch, and it acted as a
movable fulcrum placed close to the hinged end of the short arm of
this lever, whose weight alone required a pressure of 1500 pounds to
the square inch against the piston to lift it.

The maximum test was made to placing an iron weight of 580 lbs.
on the extreme end of the long arm of the lever. To lift this weight
required a pressure of 18,900 lbs. to the square inch counting the
difference in the length of the two arms and the area of the piston.

When Kelly turned the valve-wheel leading from the receiver to

the flexible tube and through it into the steel cylinder beneath the
piston, simultaneously with the motion of his hand the weighted
lever shot up against its stop a distance of several inches, as if
the iron were cork.

Keely then diverted the gas and fired a cannon containing a lead
bullet about an inch in diameter, which went through an inch board
and flattened itself to about 3 inches in diameter, with a loud
Keely's difficulties with his old generator of etheric force
grew out of the fact, in part, that the vaporic power produced was so
humid that he could not, in utilizing it, obtain its theoretical
value in work. He has overcome this entirely (?) by dispensing with
water and has attained a success beyond that which he originally
anticipated when he abandoned his original line of experiment. (He
was obliged to return soon to his former method, for he found a
difficulty even more obstinate to contend with.)

The atom is surrounded with a dynasphere, or etheric capsule,

which prevents the atoms from touching each other, inasmuch as
dynasphere is in inconceivable rapid motion.

Dynaspheric force is broadly divided into two categories: the

sentient and the non-sentient atoms, as the force used mechanically
by Mr. Keely to his motor. (Laurence Oliphant.)

The structure of the air molecule according to Keely is as

follows: Broken up, by vibratory action, he finds it to contain the
"atomic triplet."

This exists in a triangular position within the molecule, at its

center, unless acted upon by electricity, when the molecule becomes
oblate and the three atoms are ranged in a line within unless broken
up by vibration.

Nature never gives a vacuum, consequently the space within the

molecule not occupied by the atomic triplet most be filled with
something. This is where the "all-prevading ether" has made its
secret abode through untold aeons.

Keely was obliged to abandon his first and second lines of

experimental research, baffled in applying vibratory force to
mechanics, and try a third method of departure from his base or
principle, through another channel of experiment.

Keely says: "In considering the operation of my engine, the

visitor .... must abandon all thought of engines (such as conceived
with pistons, eccentrics, or working with pressure.)

"My system --both in the developing of this power and in every

branch of its utilization is based and founded on sympathetic
vibration. In no other way would it be possible to awaken or
develop this force and equally impossible would it be to
operate my engine upon any other principle.

All needs to be done is to secure a uniform speed under

different velocities and control reversions ... some few years
ago, I contemplated using a wire as a connective link between
two sympathetic mediums, to evolve this power as also to
operate my machinery --instead of tubular connections as
heretofore employed --I have only recently succeeded in
accomplishing such change. This, however, is the true system
henceforth ... the power will be generated, my engines run,
cannon operated, through a wire."

"It has been only after years of incessant labor and the making
of almost innumerable experiments and the closest
investigation and study of the phenomenal properties of the
substance "ether" per se, produced that I have been able to
dispense with complicated mechanism and to obtain, as I claim,
mastery over the subtle and strange force with which I an

"When my present process of adjustment is completed, the force,

the mechanism and all that pertains, will be fully explained
in a theoretical exposition ... with appropriate diagrams ...

"He has not succeeded in governing speed or stopping


He has again reduced in size the instrument producing the force.

From 1882 to 1884 the "Generator" was six feet long and
correspondingly wide and high, but failing to make the arrangement
automatic upon which its mechanical usefulness depended, Keely found
a new standard for research in an experiment often made by himself,
but never before successful, which resulted in the invention in 1885
of the "Liberator" not so large as a lady's small round worktable.

He made astonishing progress with this beautiful piece of

vibratory mechanism,, so as to combine the production of the power,
operation of the cannon, his engine and his disintegrator in a
machine no larger than a dinner plate and only three or four inches
in thickness.

This was completed in 1886, up to which time his experiments

were upon the principle of sympathetic vibration, for liberating a
vapory or etheric produce. His later experiments were another
modification of vibratory sympathy, and the size of the instrument
used now, 1888, for the same purposes is no larger the an old
fashioned silver watch.

A pressure of 30,000 lbs. to the square inch in raising of the

lever, and all other operations, without one ounce of pressure in any
part of the apparatus, are effected by the ether. The force is
transmitted along a wire of platinum and silver.

Keely has named this new modification "Negative Attraction."

The two forms of force with which he has experimented and the
attendant phenomena, are exactly antithetical.

It is by changing the vibrations of the cosmic ether that Keely

releases this energy. Dr. Dupuy, of New York. experimented along
these lines for many years, but without success to the degree Keely

Pure sympathetic concordants are as antagonistic to negative

discordants as the negative is to the positive, but the vast volume
the sympathetic holds over the non-sympathetic, in ethereal space,
makes it at once the ruling medium and readjuster of all opposing
conditions if properly brought to bear upon them.

Keely's discoveries embrace the manner of obtaining the keynote,

or "chord of mass," of mineral, vegetable and animal substance,
therefore the construction of instruments by which this law can be
utilized is only a question of full understanding of operation of
this law.
Keely estimates that, after the introductory impulse is given on
the harmonic thirds, molecular vibration is increased form 20,000 per
second to 100,000,000.

On the enharmonic sixths, the vibration of the intermolecule is

increased to 300,000,000.

On the diatonic ninths, atomic vibration reaches 900,000,000; on

the etheric sixths, 8,100,000,000 and on the inter-etheric ninths,
24,300,000,000 all of which can be demonstrated by sound colors.

Keely believes that the form of energy known as magnetism, not

electricity, is to be the curative agent of the future. Fifty years
age Prof. Keil, of Jena, demonstrated the susceptibility of the
nervous system to the influence of the natural magnet and its
efficacy in the cure of certain infirmities.

Said Plato: "You ought not to attempt to cure the body without
the soul."

Beyond disintegration lies dispersion, and Keely can just as

easily disperse atoms of matter as disintegrate its molecules,
dispersing them into ether.

The law of gravity appears in the light of Keely's experiments

but one manifestation of a law which provides for the reversion of
the process of attraction in the shape of a process of repulsion.

Keely, by means of a belt and certain appliances which he wore

upon his person moved single-handed, a 500 horsepower vibratory
engine from one part of his shop to another, without a scratch on the
floor, and astounded engineers declared it could not have been moved
without a derrick, to use which would have required the removal of
the roof.

Keely announced in 1888 that he had proved the uselessness of

building engines to employ the ether as a motive power, which could
only be used as a medium for the power which he had discovered,
namely a condition of sympathetic vibration associated both
positively and negatively with the polar stream.

The revolving globe was never created to be the "source of

power" and Keely never affirmed that he could produce with it "an
indefinite amount of horse power without current expense."

S. Zolver Preston, in his "Physics of the Ether" says:

"A quantity of matter only 1 gram and of the normal velocity of

the ether, or a wave of light encloses a state of energy
represented by 1,000,000,000 foot tons. Or the mass of a grain
contains an energy sufficient to project a weight of 100 tons to
a height of 1.9 miles."

To discover an unknown power is one thing, to subjugate it is

quite another thing.

Demonstrating the overcoming of gravity, Keely used an airship

model weighing about 8 lbs., which when the differentiated wire of
silver and platinum was attached to it, communicating with the
sympathetic transmitter, rose, descended, or remained stationary
midway, the motion as gentle as that of thistledown floating in the

The experiment illustrating "chord of mass" sympathy was

repeated, using a glass chamber, 40 inches in height, filled with
water, standing on a slab of glass.

Three metal spheres weighing about 6 ounces each, rested on the

glass floor. The chord of mass of these spheres was B flat first
octave, E flat second octave and B flat third octave.

Upon sounding the note B flat on the sympathetic transmitter,

the sphere having that chord of mass rose slowly to the top of the
chamber, the positive end of the wire having been attached, which
connected the covered jar with the transmitter.

The same result followed the sound of the other spheres, all of
which descended as gently as they rose, upon changing the positive to
the negative. J.M. Wilcox, who was present remarked:

"This experiment proves the truth of a fundamental law in

scholastic philosophy, that when one body attracts or seeks
another body, it is not that the effect is the sum of the
effects produced by parts of one body upon parts of another,
one aggregate of effects, but the result of the operation of
one whole upon another whole."

The vibrations induced by this experiments reached over

700,000,000 per second, unshipping the apparatus, thus making it
insecure for a repetition of the experiments.

The decarbonized steel compressors of said apparatus moved as of

composed of putty. Volume of sphere 15 cubic in weight of
surrounding metal, 316 lbs."