City Star (February 29, 1916) ~
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It would be a dull
night in the 2500 block on Park Avenue when the
emergency ambulance didn't dash up with a pulmotor and
revive Harry E. Perrigo, who lives at 2511.
Mr. Perrigo is an
electrical engineer 8 hours of the day and an inventor
the other 16. he has invented a device for collecting
electrical energy from the atmosphere. Without dynamo,
transformer, generator or aught else, he is enticing a
constant current of 1500 volts down an aerial resembling
a wireless mast, it is claimed. Anyway, he is lighting
an 8-room house without visible means of support on the
part of the Kansas City Electric Light Company.
Last Friday night
while tinkering with the apparatus, Perrigo was made
unconscious by an electrical shock. He was revived by
his family and returned to his work. An hour later he
again got in the way of the maverick voltage and this
time it required the emergency ambulance and a pulmotor
to revive him.
Last night about 11
o'clock the "2511 Park Avenue" call again reached the
"Bring the pulmotor,
boys", shouted Dr James I. Tyree. Perrigo was revived
with a few minutes work. He had been tinkering again.
Kansas City Post (March 4, 1916) ~
stood in the rain nearly 200 years ago with a string of
a flying kite in his hand. Franklin discovered that
electricity was in the air.
Harry E. Perrigo, by
night and by day, stands in the little workshop behind
his home at 2511 Park Avenue and imprisons electricity.
Franklin did not know what to do with his wonderful
discovery. He did not realize how wonderful it was. But
Perrigo lives in an age when electricity has been made
to work and he knows what to do with the energy he takes
from the very atmosphere itself.
Perrigo has caught the
wild voltage in the air: has caught and tamed it. He
keeps it in a little box for everybody to use in
lighting houses, or running automobiles or machines or
street cars, heating homes, cooking or primping with
electric curling irons.
Invention Ready For
General Use ~
Just what is in that
little box is a mystery. It is kept sealed, air tight,
but no wires communicate with it from without.
Perrigo has perfected
the invention enough, he says, that it is ready for
"All that would be
necessary for one to obtain electricity for domestic
purposes", he explained, "is to install this little box
where the customary electric meter is placed at home.
Connect the wires in the house with the box on either
side and there you will have it.
"You can get any
amount of electrical voltage you desire by using the
required kind of transformer. You could get enough
voltage from the air through that box to light any
reasonable number of electrical lamps -- say a hundred
or more -- and the current costs nothing. It is as free
as the air from which it comes.
Success Crowns His
It would take an
expert electrician to tell just how Perrigo tames the
electric currents from the air, and then it probably
would not be told in language which could be understood
by the ordinary individual.
Perrigo, more than a
year ago, concluded through experiments that there is
free electricity in the air. For months he spent his
waking hours in work and study until one night success
crowned his efforts.
He caught the
energizing element. But he caught it with his bare
hands, and paid the penalty by being rendered
unconscious from the shock. Since then Perrigo has
devoted all his time to improving his discovery and to
make it an item in the industrial and home lives of the
His experiments have
been attended by constant danger. Frequently he receives
the full force of the heavy voltage he is attempting to
control. He has made his more delicate tests recently
only in the presence of physicians. Not infrequently has
the pulmotor been brought into use in order to save his
life. But Perrigo always goes back to his work.
Has Implicit Faith
In Device ~
Some day, Perrigo
says, that little box of his is going to revolutionize
the production of energy for transportation as well as
for domestic use. When he tells of his faith in the
device it is not hard to believe that his success is
Perrigo has bright red
hair and his every movement is characterized by some
seemingly hidden force, as though the electricity with
which he works and plays has become a part of him. All
his working life Perrigo has been an electrician and has
been accustomed to handling high voltages.
And Mrs. Perrigo,
enthusiastic and balancing, is largely responsible for
her husband’s success. It is from her that the hard,
everyday practical suggestions come while her husband
sits among his coils and transformers and testing
boards, dreaming out some new phase of the work. Mrs.
Perrigo suffers too.
Some days she fears,
the pulmotors may not prevail. Some day the monster with
which her husband wrestles may overcome him. That’s why
every time Perrigo goes into his workshop, he hears the
"Harry, be careful.
Use switches instead of your hands."
But Perrigo, absorbed
in his work, often forgets, and then -- a blue flame in
his hands, a splutter and a pop and the inventor gets a
shock that sometimes makes him unconscious.
But the little box is
there. He has done what he determined to do. He has
caught electricity from the air. Others, of course, have
generated it, but Perrigo takes only that which nature
Record (House), December 15, 1917, p.
357-372 (Excerpts, pp. 358, 363) ~
[Note ~ Perrigo
demonstrated his device in Congress on December 14,
1917. He was mentioned during a discussion ofHouse Joint
Resolution 174 concerning the so-called "Garabed"
invention of Garabed T. K. Giragossian, which was
claimed to be a free energy generator. Giragossian
wanted Congress to grant him exclusive rights beyond
those granted by Patent Law. His invention later was
proved to be impossible, based on erroneous
interpretation of gyroscope physics. Perrigo
demonstrated his device to show that there are other
ways to attain "free energy".]
Mr Garrett: The
purpose of the resolution, which by direction of the
Committee on Rules I have called up, is to provide for
the consideration, under the general rules of practice
of the House, of House joint resolution 174, Calendar
No. 77, entitled "Joint Resolution for the purpose of
promoting efficiency, for the utilization of the
resources and industries of the United States, for
lessening the expenses of the war, and restoring the
loss caused by the war by providing for the employment
of a discovery or invention called the 'Garabed',
claiming to make possible the utilization of free
Mr Borland: A hearing
was had yesterday morning on an invention by a man named
Perigo [sic], who claims to have invented a machine to
collect electricity by free energy; that is, to collect
it from the energy of the air. In other words, his
invention is based on the idea, as I gather it, that
electricity can be collected from the air, where it must
be collected, by some other means than by the force of a
Now, if this is true
--- and I am not enough of a scientist to know --- there
may be many devices that are patentable for doing that
particular thing, or applying that particular principle.
If Mr Giragossian has a device for utilizing free
energy, his device or machine or appliance is
patentable, but the principle of free energy evidently
is not patentable under the existing law. Anybody else
who produces a better machine for utilizing free energy
is just as well entitled to use it for the benefit of
mankind as the man who first obtains the patent on it.
In other words, we cannot foreclose that principle.
Now, we have got a
machine here in the Capitol --- I undrstand from Judge
Romjue a few minutes ago that the machine which Mr
Perigo had demonstrated before the Patent Committee had
been brought over here. It was shown to the Patent
Committee. It is in a small box. I have seen it. I would
not know anything about it. It runs a dynamo or motor,
and it lights certain lights. In other words, there is
some power in that box. What that power consists of I
have no means of knowing. The inventor says it contains
free energy. In other words, this device has been
brought to a state of completion. It is in actual
Now, it does seem to
me that this bill ought not to be passed at all unless
it provides that this committee of scientists shall not
only have the power but it shall be charged with the
duty of ascertaining whether or not this device of Mr
Giragossian utilizes the same principle of free energy..
City Star (January 15, 1922) ~
Perrigo's Own Conception of What His Invention
Means to the Future"
The steam engine will
be abolished from industry. Trains and trolley cars will
be operated by free energy.
Aviators will be able
to circle the earth without coming to the ground for
The maximum speed of
ocean-going ships will be increased from about 23 knots
an hour to more than 100, by the conservation of the
space and tonnage now used by mammoth boilers and coal
bunkers. Manila will be nearer to Kansas City than San
Francisco is today. The trip from London to Boston will
be made in 30 hours. Asiatic fruits will reach New York
fresher than California fruits arrive now.
cheaply and abundantly by free electricity, will replace
wood and steel in the manufacture of ships, buildings,
cars and furniture. The world will be benefited by the
preservation of forests, and great fire disasters will
The expense of motive
power in transportation, travel, and communication will
The present system of
agriculture will be changed materially. Every farmer
will have abundant power. Underground streams can be
reached and ever-pouring water will be available in all
regions. Millions of arid and deserted acres will be
transformed into productive fields.
fertilizer will be extracted electrically from the air.
Hours of labor will be
reduced while industry and production increases.
Kansas City Star
(January 15, 1922) ~
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gasoline, or other fuel, without storage batteries or
generator, a motor car holding its place in the flow of
traffic on a busy Kansas City street.
Imagine: over Kansas
City, 1,000, 5,000, 12,000 feet from the ground, an
airplane soaring. Without a drop of gasoline or petrol
on board, without storage batteries, without generator,
without even an engine, it loops and dives and flies
Imagine: In your
little cottage or apartment, your big house, electric
lights burning steadily. Imagine your wife in the
kitchen, getting dinner. Imagine you see her turn a snap
switch beside the oven door and put her potatoes in to
bake. Yet you know that the power wires going into the
cottage apartment or house are cut off at the meter and
Imagine: there will be
no electricity and gas bill at the end of the month.
Imagine the motor car,
the airplane, the house lights and oven, powered and
lighted and heated by electricity --- electricity from a
little wooden case 14 inches square and weighing less
than 90 pounds.
Is it past all
imagining? Are you a skeptic and do you point to the way
the entire country has been fluttered in the past by
announcements of fuel made from ashes and gasoline from
water, and nothing has come from it? You may be right to
be a skeptic. But the years Harry E. Perrigo, 3000
Michigan Avenue, has spent inventing and perfecting the
little machine in the wooden case entitle him to the
attention of the public, especially his neighbors in
The dream outlined
above will be true within a year, Mr Perrigo declares.
It will be realized by his invention, he says, a device
he calls the Perrigo.
Mr Perrigo is an
electrical engineer, educated in the Massachusets
Institute of Technology. More than 10 years ago, while
working in a power plant in Pee Dee, SC, he touched a
wire, "dead" so far as any connection with any source of
power was concerned, and found it charged with
electricity. His idea came then.
If a wire, suspended
in air, gathered atmospheric electricity, why couldn't
that electricity be accumulated, condensed and converted
Telling his own story,
Mr Perrigo said he kept the idea in mind constantly,
thinking out devices, drawing sketches. He explained it
to Mrs Perrigo, and talked over plans with her. She was
enthusiastic, as any good wife would be, without any
definite idea of what it was all about.
The Building of the
First Machine ~
Then one night, early
in 1915, came the inspiration to act. Mr Perrigo lived
at 2511 Park Avenue at the time. Stores and shops were
closed, but with two or three strands of copper wire
from the basement, with two embroidery hoops from Mrs
Perrigo's work basket, with a leaf from the dining room
table, with the bread box from the pantry, with a sheet,
torn into strips, with shingle nails and paraffin, Mr
Perrigo, with Mrs Perrigo's aid, made his first "free
energy" device. And it worked.
Before noon the next
day, he said, electric lights were burning and a small
electric motor was running from the power developed in
the crude tangle of wires on the Perrigo dining room
The neighbors came in
to see. Among them was Dr Bert McDowell, a dentist with
offices at 4301 Main St.
"I couldn't believe my
eyes", Dr McDowell said the other day. "I had to be
convinced, because the thing was there in plain sight
and I knew Harry wasn't getting his power from outside,
because his house was not even wired for electricity. He
used gas for lights."
"Yes", Mr Perrigo put
in, "I was so fascinated with the thing I had made that
I kept that little motor running constantly for two
weeks. It buzzed and hummed and rattled frightfully, and
gave my wife a headache, but she didn't complain, and I
kept it going."
Handicaps Were Many
Mr Perrigo's story
from that point on is one of five years of patient,
unending work to perfect the Perrigo. It is one of long
days and nights of toil, of sickness, failures, lack of
money, the hooting of unbelievers, organized opposition,
the hearty cooperation of a real helpmate.
The Perrigo basement
is piled high with coils and plates of many sizes and
shapes, steps in the evolution of the present compact
design, which, Mr Perrigo says, with the patents
virtually proved, is ready for manufacture on a
From the pile, Mr
Perrigo dug out the other day a board, 12 inches square,
an inch thick, both faces covered with shingle nails,
set a half inch apart, each extending an inch out of the
Each nail was wound
tightly with silky fine copper wire, smooth spirals one
atop another. The wires led from one nail to another,
some from top to base, some from top to top, some from
base to base, each wire soldered carefully in place.
"Mrs Perrigo did all
that for me", Mr Perrigo said. "She worked until long
after midnight many nights. The job took weeks to
complete. Then the thing wouldn't work. It's just one of
a lot of experiments we put time and money into, only to
find it was not the right thing."
From his first crude
machine, Mr Perrigo, in his search for perfection,
evolved may different types. At first he worked on the
idea of an aerial to gather energy. A workshop he fitted
up was strung with a network of wires. The wall was
driven full of nails wound with copper wire.
"The machines I made
out there did the work", Mr Perrigo said, "but they were
bulky and bunglesome and got out of order easily.
"Other things than
getting rid of bulk bothered me, too. My early machines
were affected by passing air currents. Power would
increase when I fanned the machine or when a person
walked past it, and decrease when the atmosphere was
"The machine I have
now gives a steady flow of current, whether in the
basement, 14,000 feet in the air, in a motor car or on a
fast moving train. The copper pegs in the wooden block
The Perrigo consists
of only four parts: two lead plates, a wooden block and
a coil of copper wire. The coil that Mr Perrigo says
will deliver 500 horsepower is 10 inches across, 4
inches high, of solid copper. Fine copper wire is wound
smoothly about neat rows of copper stays, hardly larger
than a toothpick, but longer, as long as the coil is
high. The wire is connected in many devious ways. In
those connections is the secret of the mysterious power.
The lead plates for
this size Perrigo are a foot square. On each plate are
100 spring coils of copper wire, spaced in rows, an inch
apart. The plates appear identical, but are different in
the way the connections of hair-like copper wire run
from one coil to another.
The wooden block is a
foot square, also, and an inch thick. One hundred copper
plugs run through the block, spaced just as the coils on
the lead plates are spaced. Each plug is a bundle of
copper stays, making a contact.
That is all there is
to the Perrigo, so far as anyone can see. Complete, the
500 horsepower size weighs 87 and one-half pounds. There
are no moving parts.
A Perrigo to operate
an ordinary size motor car need be no larger than a
1-pound coffee can", Mr Perrigo said. "A size to provide
all the current needed to heat and light a 5-room house
will go into the can. The different sizes can be made to
furnish any desired voltage, and either direct or
alternating current, by a slight change in the wiring."
Explains It ~
Trying to avoid
technical terms, difficult business for an engineer, Mr
Perrigo explained his invention this way:
"The device is a
generator as truly as the power-driven rotary generator
in any power plant. Those generators don't actually
'make' electricity. They condense it from the air. So
does the Perrigo. But it does it through the system of
wiring, rather than revolutions through a magnetic
field. I get my starting point from the air by breaking
up the ether waves. The coils on the lead plates do
that. I know why they do. It's the way they are
connected, one from the other. That's my secret.
"They do break up the
ether waves, gathering electricity and conducting it
into the big coil underneath. That's the generator. Its
size and the way it is wired determines the voltage, the
horsepower. Outgoing wires from this coil take the
'juice' where you want it and it is there when you want
Mr Perrigo has great
plans for his electric 'chore boy' and great faith in
"It will replace every
other source of power, light and heat", he predicts. "It
means the doom of the steam engine, the end to coal
mining, to the cutting of timber for fuel. It means
petroleum will be used only for lubrication. It means
smokeless, sootless cities. It means chimneys will
disappear from housetops. It means cheap power for the
farmer, the reclamation of much country that cannot be
irrigated now because power is not available."
What Other Persons
Mr Perrigo is able to
impart his faith to others, too. The enthusiasm of
persons who have seen the device work is second only to
that of Mr Perrigo himself.
S.W. Fries, an
electrical engineer, and district sales manager here for
the Economy Fuse and Manufacturing Company, saw the
Perrigo first about three months ago.
"When I heard about
the machine through Dr McDowell, I told him it couldn't
be done", Mr Fries said the other day. "I've been
converted. I don't know how it works, but it does. Its
possibilities are too big to grasp. Its use will mean a
new age in industry. I believe Mr Perrigo will be the
most widely known inventor in the world as soon as his
device comes into general use, and he will become one of
the world's most wealthy men, just from returns which
already seem assured."
"Mr Perrigo gets
enough electricity from somewhere to knock him
unconscious", Dr O.W. Butler (3700 Benton Blvd) pointed
out. "I've been called to his house many times in the
last four years to revive him, and once I carried him
out of his basement. He has worked at his experiments as
long as four days and nights without sleep --- worked
until his health is broken and his constitution is a
bundle of jagged nerves."
"How are you going to
manufacture your machine and get it on the market?" Mr
Perrigo was asked when he asserted there was no stock
for sale and he was seeking no financial aid.
are furnishing all the money I need for experiments,
models for the patent office and other work I'm doing
now", he answered.
"As soon as one final
amendment to my patent application is approved I'll be
ready to permit motor car manufacturers to make the
Perrigo in their own plants, charging them a small
royalty on each machine. They will be eager for it when
they see what it is. This will provide funds enough in a
short time for my associates and myself to being to
manufacture the machines for home use.
"We don't expect to
sell the Perrigo. We will lease them on the same plan
the telephone companies use for their machines, charging
a monthly rent, probably about $3 for a 5-room cottage
size. That's cheap enough, isn't it, for all heat and
light and power?
"I've always said I
never would sell out to any big corporation. My
invention is for the benefit of the poor amn. Even on
that basis I'll get more money out of it than I can ever
Point of View ~
Mr Perrigo explained
that it will not be necessary for the householder who
desires the Perrigo installed to buy an expensive
electric furnace, electric range or any special
"A gas range can be
wired through the pipes which now carry gas", he said.
"It will be necessary only to replace the gas burners
with electric heating plates and install snap switches
where the gas valves are now. A furnace can be fitted in
the same way, by removing the grate. No change will be
necessary with the lights. The new machine will be
installed where the meter is now. That's all."
"When one man has a
machine, won't it be possible for his neighbors to come
in, see how it works, and manufacture their own?" Mr
Perrigo was asked.
"No", he answered,
"Each one will be sealed, just as the electric meter is
sealed. To break the seal will put it out of order and
the subscriber will have to call for a 'trouble' man.
Anyway, if a man would take one apart he couldn't put it
back together again without my drawings and blueprints.
That's my secret and I'll keep it."
A Demonstration ~
When a visitor
expressed a desire to see a machine actually produce
light or power or heat, Mr Perrigo acquiesced. He went
to the basement and returned almost immediately, bearing
a boxlike affair, mounted on a little platform. A small
electric motor, light sockets and switches were on the
platform. The top of the box was glass. Through it Mr
Perrigo pointed out parts of the machine inside.
Mr Perrigo fastened
the loose ends of two wires that extended from the box
to the connection posts of the motor and pushed a switch
button. The motor started at once. The inventor said he
had not changed the machine or even opened the box,
which was closed with screws since he made it five years
Kansas City Star
(March 27, 1922) ~
Use His Invention"
Patent Laws Prevent
Demonstration, H.E. Perrigo Tells Inquirer ~
Miami, OK --- To The
Star: "In your paper of January 15 there appeared
a wonderful story relating to the invention of Harry E.
Perrigo, an electrical engineer of Kansas City, of a
device to generate electrical energy.
"One got the
impression from reading the story that Mr Perrigo's
device was a demonstrated success, that it had been
patented, and that he was practically ready to permit
its manufacture as a source of power.
"It was a whale of a
story and interested me, for it seemed if it were true
that his device was destined to have as far-reaching
influence on the human race in the future as the grain
binder and the gas engine had had in the past.
"I wrote to various
publications devoted to mechanics and electricity,
seeking further information. None knew anything about
it. One said no such device had been patented, another
that a vast amount of research and experimentation had
been done in an effort to develop such a device and that
the only result had been failure.
"I would like to know
if Mr Perrigo's device has been patented and if he is
prepared at the present time to demonstrate it in a
The story of Mr
Perrigo's invention was printed in the Star as the
record of an ambitious and interesting enterprise. The
apparent success of the device was vouched for by
persons who had seen the machine in operation and were
convinced it produced the results Mr Perrigo claimed for
Questioned recently as
to new developments, Mr Perrigo said there could be no
new mechanical developments.
"The machine has been
developed to a state as near perfect as I can make it,
for two years", he said. "I am waiting for the patent
office to take final action. My applications have been
approved and investigation has shown no conflicting
patents on record. The rest is simply a matter of
routine work in the patent office. As soon as the final
patents are granted I'll be ready to manufacture the
"I can't give a
demonstration without going to considerable trouble to
set the machine up. Of can't keep it set up, nor even
use it in my home, because technically that would amount
to 'commercial use' and would interfere with the
granting of patent rights."
(1) Harry E. Perrigo,
the inventor of a "free energy" device which he believes
will revolutionize all industry ~
(2) Here, Perrigo
says, is his secret: the 100 little spring coils of
copper wire break up the aether waves and conduct the
electricity they gather into the big generating coil.
There are two of these plates, identical in appearance
but different in wiring.
(3) The 100 little
bundles of copper stays form the plugs driven through
the wooden block are soldered over the ends, making them
(4) Mr. Perrigo's
first machine, as he remembers it, was a crude device
made from two embroidery hoops, a table leaf, bread box
and other materials picked up around the house.
(5) The top of the big
coil, showing the ends of the copper stays and the
windings of wire. The space separating the two parts of
the coil are the "field gap", Mr. Perrigo says.
(6) At left, a closeup
of one of the 100 plugs in the wooden block.
(7) The complete
Perrigo, without its wooden case. The drawing was made
from a machine Mr. Perrigo made by hand which, he says,
has developed more than 500 horsepower. The commercial
machine will be an exact copy of this.
(8) This is the
machine the writer saw in operation. It was built by Mr.
Perrigo 5 years ago for demonstration in Washington,
when the inventor successfully opposed a war measure
which would have prevented for a period of 17 years the
granting of his patents on any "free energy" device. The
operation of this machine, on the speaker's table in the
lower House, is recorded in the Congressional
Record, December 15, 1917, pages 369-383. [Actually,
Journal (August 7, 1927), page 1 ~
Drawn From Air Propels Auto Over K.C. Streets"
Tiny Motor Will Drive Plane Around World, Doing Away
With Transportation of Fuel
A motor car was driven
40 miles an hour in Kansas City yesterday on power drawn
from the air.
A device making this
feat possible was demontrated after years of rebuffs and
failures by its inventors, Harry Perrigo, 1116
Bennington Avenue, in the presence of Col, Paul
Henderson, Chicago, vice president of the National Air
Transport Inc., air mail contractors.
"It is the greatest
invention since the stone age", was Col. Henderson's
Lou E. Holland,
president of the Chamber of Commerce, who saw the
demonstration with Col. Henderson, was enthusiastic over
the invention and said he believed it would have a great
effect on public utilities if it can ever be brought
into general use.
Coils Gather Power
The device consists of
a plate 14 inches square which, by a multiple
arrangement of connected copper coils, it was explained,
attracts electric current from the air.
The electricity thus
trapped passes through a generator and to a regular
direct current motor, which was connected to the
transmission shaft of the car.
Mr Perrigo has been
working on the device more than 10 years. Three years
ago he suffered a nervous breakdown and has been back at
his workshop only two months.
focused their cameras, Mr Perrigo and his wife entered
his roadster in which the device was installed. He
turned a switch and the motor hummed.
The inventor sat
silent, listening. Then he threw in the clutch gently.
The car moved away with only the sound of the cogs,
whining softly as they meshed. He threw it into high and
At the corner of 10th
Street and Bennington Avenue, near his home, he stopped
the machine while movie cameramen ground their machines.
Then he backed it and turned around, stopping in the
middle of the street.
Later Mr Perrigo took
the car out for a spin. It breezed along at 40 miles an
"100 Just As Easy"
"I could make it go
100 miles an hour just as easily", the inventor
remarked, "if it were not for the danger of hurting
The total weight of
the motor, generator and controls is about 86 pounds,
according to the inventor. In the rear of the car are
reduction coils, because the device is five times too
powerful for the work of pulling the car, Mr Perrigo
The proper motor for a
Reo car will not weigh more than 30 pounds", he said.
"The motor to run a Chevrolet will weigh not more than
10 pounds. An airplane motor would weigh around 50
pounds, and with that motor the air traveler could go
around the world without waiting."
Col. Henderson walked
around the machine, inspecting it.
"What it would mean to
my airplanes", he said, "--- no weight for motors, no
space for gas, no motor trouble."
Like other spectators,
he had difficulty in believing what he saw.
The work of bringing
the invention to its present state of development has
been the story of a lone man working with the unknown,
usually meeting with discouragement.
Five years ago, the
inventor took one of his electric motors to Washington,
set the boxlike contrivance on the speaker's stand in
Congress and ran a motor and five lights with it. They
called it an infernal machine.
Even now, when he is
seeking patents for his invention, the patent office
refuses to believe the principles he advances are
"The machine has been
taken up in an airplane 10,000 feet and it operated the
same as if it were on the ground", Mr Perrigo said. "It
has been tried out in hot places and cold places."
He pictures it as
power for every purpose --- the farm, the factory, the
office, doing away with coal, gas, cost of water power
and the cumbersome weight of engines.
The models of the
machine now are being kept in bank vaults.
Mr Holland is
convinced, after two weeks investigation, that the
invention is genuine.
Journal (August 8, 1927), p. 3 ~
Aiding Humanity With Ether Wave Machine"
Generator, When Patented, Shall Not Be "Hogged" or
"Shelved", But World Will Reap Benefits Of Cheap
Homes lighted and
meals cooked for a cost of $5 per month; motor cars
operating with a quart of lubricating oil about once
every six months and a little grease in the rear axles
and yet damaging no existing corporations by the working
of these revolutions.
These are the dreams
of H.E. Perrigo, 1116 Bennington Avenue, inventor of the
Perrigo ether wave generator.
Lou E. Holland,
president of the Chamber of Commerce and Col. Paul
Henderson, general manager of the National Air
Transport, Inc., are convinced his invention is
Mr Holland, Mr
Henderson and newspaper men Saturday witnessed a
demonstration in which Mr Perrigo drove a motor car on
electric power generated from the air.
"It is too early yet
to talk to manufacturing the invention", Mr Holland said
yesterday. "The patent rights must be perfected in both
the United States and foreign countries. Also, it must
be made clear that nothing will be done to demoralize
present power manufacturing."
Mr Perrigo's invention
is the result of more than 12 years labor on the part of
"Twelve years ago I
conceived the idea that the generation of power from
ether waves was possible, while I was employed ion the
power plant at Pee Dee, NC, where some wires not
connected with anything that was 'live' seemed to be
generating power", Mr Perrigo said yesterday.
"After more than a
year of experimenting I finally produced light in a bulb
about the size of those used in flash lights. Now in my
laboratory I light three 300 watt globes from a wire no
larger than the thread which holds the button on a man's
"Three times in my
experiments I was knocked unconscious because I did not
know how much power it would generate.
"The invention has
been tested under all conditions. It has been strapped
to the running board of a locomotive running between
Kansas City and Chicago, it has been tested in an
airplane at a height of 12,000 feet. It will generate
power anywhere that air circulates.
"With the invention
every home will have its own power plant and all the
electricity needed for any purpose can be provided at a
roughly estimated cost of $5 per month.
"The Kansas City
Public Service company, for instance, could afford to
install these plants because they would eliminate the
enormous overhead which is the principal expense of such
Both Mr Perrigo and Mr
Holland made it plain that the invention will not be
permitted to upset the electrical world. No one will be
given exclusive rights of its use, they said.
"Any person or any
manufacturer can use the invention who will pay the
royalty fees", Mr Perrigo explained. "No one will be
permitted to 'hog' the invention and no one can purchase
it and shelve it.
"I have no doubt that
it will bring me more money than Mrs Perrigo and I will
need to supply our simple wants and I want humanity to
"I want to see rural
sections which have remained barren because it cost too
much to pump the water to irrigate them, spring into
bloom. I want to see the smallest farm house in the most
isolated places with its electric lights and stoves; in
other words, I want humanity to benefit."
"How about the
gasoline industry if motor cars are to be run without
fuel?" he was asked.
"The supply of
petroleum is limited", he answered. "There are 30 other
purposes to which petroleum products can be turned, so
the oil producers will not suffer."
"Can you explain your
invention so that the non-technically trained can
"That would be
difficult, especially without divulging information that
is now in the patent office; besides, the generation of
power always is difficult to explain.
have been used in power plants for a great many years.
We all know what you have to do to make a generator and
we all know that electricity is its product but we don't
know very much about what really is going on inside that
While the patents for
his device still are pending, Mr Perrigo is keeping his
working models in the vault of a downtown bank to
prevent the possibility of their being copied.
Kansas City Star
(August 7, 1927) ~
An invention that will
revolutionize radically all power producing and power
using machinery of the entire world, if in practical use
it equals the miracle of its demonstration, was given a
showing here yesterday to newspaper men and Lou E.
Holland, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
It is a device to
collect electrical energy from the ether and convert it
into a powerful current of electricity of a type
dissimilar in many ways from the direct or alternating
current now known to electricians.
So far as could be
determined even by the most skeptical of those
witnessing the demonstration yesterday, the device is
exactly what Harry E. Perrigo, the inventor, asserts it
to be -- a method for collecting natural electricity
from the ether, in unlimited quantity and without cost.
More Power Than
One feature of the
demonstration was the operation of a motorcar by power
from a small model of the invention. The engine had been
removed from the car and an electric motor substituted.
The device supplied power in such quantity that it had
to be reduced and yet propelled the car with speed and
A detailed examination
of the car showed the absence of any possible form of
power except the inventor’s small device and it is of
such an open type that one may see clear through the
mass of wires and coils.
were given with other models of the device, with the
machine and electric lights and motors held in the hands
of spectators, yet the device produced current to do any
electrical task assigned to it.
Col. Paul E.
Henderson, general manager of the National Air
Transport, Inc., was there with Mr Holland, being his
guest for the day. He took an active part in the testing
and enthusiastically was declaiming the invention as
Cheap As Similar
To operate a motor car
would require a model weighing about 20 pounds, Mr
Perrigo computes, but he has given no thought the
probable cost of building it. However, he estimates the
cost at no more than an electric motor of the same size.
A device of the size
of a coffee can would light and heat an average home, he
declares, cutting off forever all fuel and lighting
And one can go on and
dream of an electrified world with free power for all
industries and operations, increased yields of foods
from dry areas that cold be irrigated with this free
energy, the passing of wood and coal and oil as fuels.
At first thought, not
one of the persons seeing yesterday's demonstration
could give much credence to the inventor's declaration
that his invention was a way to obtain unlimited
electrical power from the ether without any cost.
There was not a
doubter left as to the success of the demonstration, but
the witnesses could not in any sense qualify as
In Ether ~
As near as a layman
can understand, Mr Perrigo's theory is the revolution of
the earth sets up a form of electric currents that are
forever present in the ether. His theory is to capture
those electrical impulses in very much to same way that
a radio antenna picks up the programs broadcast from
WDAF. Instead of a machine to turn the radio impulses
into music, Mr Perrigo has a machine to turn the ether's
electrical store into controlled power. He declares it
is really no more mysterious than the fact that an
electric dynamo picks electricity out of the air,
although the dynamo must have a power to revolve it
while his device sits perfectly still and seemingly
produces many fold more electricity than a dynamo of the
different nature of this electricity, Mr Perrigo showed
how high voltage could be transmitted over hair-size
wires and light a series of electric lamps although a
sufficient power of the well known electricity to light
those lamps would have melted the small wires
Clearer Light Than
And it imparted an
unusual glow to the electric lamps, giving them a clear
brilliancy with none of the effervescent haze that
surrounds the wires in a lamp when lighted with ordinary
Mr Perrigo has spent
years on his invention. Years ago he conceived the idea
that there was an unlimited source of electricity in the
air that could be harnessed with a collector. He has not
reached the present measure of success without a row of
hard knocks along the way.
neighborhood he has lived since moving here 15 years
ago, it has been common knowledge that Mr Perrigo was
the frequent victim of electric shocks that often came
near proving fatal. He has been revived by pulmotors
time and again.
The first model of his
device was constructed with makeshift material. A leaf
from Mrs Perrigo's dining room table was the basis, with
the bread box used, sheets torn up and the strips
shellacked to be used for insulation. But as junky as it
was, it operated a small motor, and that original model
is still preserved and used a s part of his
His Work ~
In 1922 he got the
device to such a point of perfection that he went before
Congress and defeated a war-time measure that proposed
to give 17-year rights to another person for a blanket
patent on all free energy devices.
Then three years of
sickness came, and the invention progressed slowly. Mrs
Perrigo is not electrically inclined, but she has
carried forward the experiments under his direction and
has always been his assistant.
Mr Perrigo is not
offering stock for sale and says he has made all
necessary arrangements for financing the device when it
is ready for manufacture.