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The Telectroscope

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Jan Szczepanik's wonderful lnvention, the telectroscope, will, if all accounts be true, realize all that Edward Bellamy predicted about twentieth century entertinments ín his la book. Equality, Szczepanik is a Gallcian schoolmaster turned inventor. The wonders of his telectroscope are to be fully brought out at the París expoition of 1900. Meanwhile the now distinguished Pole can look back upon the few years of his past life in which ne was heroically struggling to win an education. Ke was fortúnate enougn to get into the University of Cracov, where he spent three years. Lack of funds compelled him to retire before ba had finished his education. His new invention, he says, will take the place of the post. or the mail, of the future. By it any scène can be perfectly reproduced, pictorially, at any desired distance. For example, one might sit in Chicago and have a fine view of San Francisco or New York bay, with all lts brilliant colors, movtng and anchored ships, and water sparkling in the sun. Mountains and cities, in fact, any natural or artificially arranged scène can be produced true to life at a distance. All that is needed is to suggest the improvement certain to come in telephonic communication and the ímagination can do the rest. Herr Szczepanik says his machine will reproduce letters perfectly, thereby taking the place of the post and the telegraph. Roughly speaking, the picture is broken up into a number of points. Each point is reflected in mirrors, and the reflected ray of light is converted into an electric current, ■which can be transmitted any distance. At the receiving end, the current is again transformed into the corresponding ray of light This ray of light is reflected in mirrors and the refleetion thrown upon a screen. Now it follows if all the points of a picture ere taken in very rapid succession, the resultant refleetion on the screen will be the entire picture. There are many ways of converting light rays into electric currents already known to inea of science. An electric battery witb. a selenium cejl is used. The battery is connected by wiie with an eleclromagnet at the receiving end, where the urrents are to be reconverted Into light rays. The electro-caagnet wil) move in sympathy with the current sent out from the transmitting apparé.iiig, and lts moveHs&nts will correepond witb tUe hatu?e of the ray reflected-. e manet will move a prism placed in front of a strong white light - either electric or sunligbt. The prism will revolve the white light into lts primaries. The primary colors spread out into a spectrum and the prism reeponding tö the movements of the magnet will bring the required color into view. Szczepanik has made arrangements with a syndicate for the showing of the telectroscope at the Paris exposition. The syndicate wlll build an annex to the exposition with a ten thousand seating capacity. The admission will be three francs. Tha inventor will get 60 per cent and his backers 40 per cent of the gross receipts. Szczepanik will not sell his telectroscope until after the close of the


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