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The Divining Rod

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Fire aud Water, a paper devoted to the subjects embodied in its name, published iu the issue of March 26, of this year, an interesting article ou the divining rod. This is a veiy old subject, much discussed pro aud con. Modem skeptics claim it is an old country superstition. They canuot, however, disposo of it iu this way, as it will not die out. In faot man y uiibolievers are being convincëd against their will. They seé the resulta of the f orked rod. At this time it is of particular interest to the people of eastern Michigan because of the amazing resulte achieved by Charles H. Jones, a former well known citizeu of Ann Arbor, uow residing at Birmingham, in this state. Not only here iu this city but in Detroit and many other places has he with unerring accuracy told where water could be fouud. His success has been so pheuominal that responsible business men stand ready to back him up with their means. Mr. Jones does not claim there is anything supernatural in his work,' but that the result is simply from natural causes, which by his 20 years of study he is able to interpret with accuracy. He is uow making experiments iu the line of detecting metáis. Mr. Jones, is a medium sized man, well proportioned and very active for being so stout. For years bofore devoting all his time to his present work, he was a boss drayman. He has been a prominent figure in local Odd Fellow circles. In an interview as to the way he uses his forked stick, generally called a divining rod, and his success, he says : "Something likë 18 years ago I saw a friend of mine try to fiud water with a forked stick. I had no faith in the business and laughed at him, but I tried it, aud to my utter surprise it worked iu my hands. I held the fork of the branch as tight as I could, aud when I came to certain places the end of the fork would bond to the earth in spite of all that I could do. I kept on trying the experiments as a novelty until flnally one day I happened to be in the country where I met a whp intended putting down a well. I told him I thought I could lócate a good spot. By his request I used my diviliing rod and told him where to dig. It was not at a convenient spot for him so he tried several places but they all proved to be dry holes. Then the farmer came for me again and I located the sanie spot on the vein and he found water at a depth of 55 f eet. He put up a windmill and pump and the well has never run dry to this day. I have located over 2,000 wells all of which have been a success. ' ' Since cominencing the study of the problem I ñnd I can now teil the differeuce in the veins of water, if they are deep veins, surface veins, or sand veins. A great many men who undertake to work the divining rod cannot distinguish these differences. I can even teil which way the veins run. "I claim the rod works, because of the electricity in the person holding the forked crotch. It will work more quickly for some people than others. Persous who have much electricity in their systeñis can work it as well as I can. It is generally claimed that the forked branch or crotch must be a piece of witch hazel, but I can use any kind of wood, they all work iu my hands. "My thcory is that when holding the crotch of tLe diviuing rod there is a current of electricity formed which shows itself by the rod bonding when stepping over a current of running water, thereby making a connecting link. With sand or surface veins of water, the point of the rod gives four distinct motions,whereas in deep veins, only one steady mótion beuding down until the width of the vein is crossed. I have followed deep veins, until they have run into larger veins. Deep veins of water range generally in width from tix to eight feet but I have fonnd thein 125 feet widc. I can teil which way the water is flowing and the width of the vein. "I fmd sand veins lay from eight to 20 feet deep aud surface veins from 30 to 80 feet. The deepest vein I have effer located was 126 feet. I can lócate nothing but ruiming water. With the diviuing rod I canuot lócate a lake unless there is a veiu of running water underneath. I have followed water veins for miles, they púlsate jvst like the veins of the hunian system chiven by the heart. "Recently I have been uir.kiug new experiments and can now detect gold, copper, silver, lead and iron. I have done this by attaching a conical hollow wooden ball to the end of my rod, by a copper wire running through it, aud wound around the interior of the ball which is filled with a chemical compouud. This works also when I find a vein of water. I can teil this by taking off what I cali my ncedle. If it then operates I know I have found only water. All this, however, is still in an experimental stage, about which I hope to give more explanations in the course of time. "The work of following a divining rod is very fatiguing, as it is not only wearing on the nervous system, but on the muscles of the hands in holding the rod, which you can see by the blisters on my hands. ' ' In proof of how the rod was effected by gold, a gold watch was placed on the floor of tlie room where tbe interview was had. Mr. Jones tóok the farked stick in his hand and in a moment the long oud of the crotch was bending down towarda the watch. He is , ing many experiments and only time can teil to what extent he can develop this ancieut art or acience of the diVining rod.