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US966935A
US966935A US1908450653A US966935A US 966935 A US966935 A US 966935A US 1908450653 A US1908450653 A US 1908450653A US 966935 A US966935 A US 966935A
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I. A. MAMAUX. INITIATING MACHINE. APPLICATION FILED AUG. 28, 1908.

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PATENT OFFICE.

ISAAC A. MAMAUX, OF PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.

INITIATING-MACHIN E.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented A11 9, 1910.

Application filed August 28, 1968. Serial No. 450,653.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ISAAC A. MAMAUX, a citizen of the United States of America, re: siding at Pittsburg, in the countyof Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Initiating-ldachines, of which the fol1owing is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.

This invention relates to initiating machines, such as used by lodges, clubs and societies for the reception of new members.

The object of my invention is to provide a machine having the appearance of a wei ht testing machine, wherein means is provided for subjecting the operator of the machine to a harmless initiatory treatment, that will surprise and scare the operator to the delight and amusement of spectators.

My invention aims to provide a machine that can be advantageously used in the degree work of such societies, as the Elks and the Eagles, and to this end, I have devised a machine for simultaneously subjecting a candidate for membership to an unexpected blow upon the body and a spray of water upon the face, the blow being emphasized by the detonation of a cap located in the machine. In constructing the machine, the same is fashioned after a testing device having a dial and gripping handles, the arrangement of which necessarily places an operator in proper position to be operated upon, without suspicion as to the outcome of testing the machine.

The structural features of the invention embody a spring actuated striking board, a spring actuated trigger being released simultaneously with a pressure upon the syringe, all of which is accomplished by a simple and compact mechanism that will be hereinafter described in detail and then claimed.

In the drawings forming a part of this specification, Figure l is a bottom plan of my machine, F 2 is a cross sectional view taken on the line II of Fig. 1, Fig. 3 is a similar view taken 011 the line 111 of Fig. 1, looking in the direction of the arrow A, Fig. 4: is a similar view taken on the same line looking in the direction of the arrow B, Fig. 5 is a top plan of the machine, Fig. 6 is a longitudinal sectional View of the machine taken on the line VI of Fig. 1, Fig. 7 is a similar view taken on the line VII, and Fig.

. 8 is a longitudinal sectional view, similar to Fig. 6, illustrating the machine in operation.

To put my invention into practice, I provide an oblong wood structure consisting of side boards 1 and 2, end boards 3 and 4t, and a platform 5. The platform is constructed of a plurality of planks or boards, the central one of which comprises a fixed section 6 and a movable section 7, the latter constituting a striking board. This board or section 7 upon-the under side and at the inner end thereof is provided with bearings 8 for a transverse trunnion pin 9, said pin being trunnioned in oppositely disposed depending bearings 10, carried by the platform 5.

The extreme inner end of the striking board 7 is provided with a depending eyelet 11 and connecting therewith are two coiled retractile springs 12 having their opposite ends connected to the side boards 1 and 2. These springs are arranged in V- shaped formation and are adapted to lift the outer end of the striking board or section 7 with sufi icient force to strike a blow upon the body of the operator of the machine, as will hereinafter appear. The springs as illustrated in Figs. 1, 6 and 7, have been broken away to clearly show the other parts of the machine, and it is in connection with these springs that I reserve a right to use turn-buckles or similar devices for increasing the tension of the springs.

The outer end ,of the striking board or section 7 is retained in a closed position by a depending beveled latch 13 having a notch 14- formed therein for a keeper 15, slida-bly mounted in oppositely disposed depending bearings 16, carried by the plat-.

form 5. The keeper 15 is cut away as at 17 to provide clearance for the latch, when the keeper is moved, and the ends of said keeper are bent at right angles, as at 18, to limit the movement of said keeper in the bearings 16. Connecting with one end of the keeper 15 is a coil spring 19, said spring being attached to the platform and employed for normally holding the keeper 15 in engagement with the beveled notched latch '18.

The platform 5 adjacent to the forward end thereof is provided with depending bearings 20 for actuating rods 21 extending through the platform and having the upper ends thereof provided with gripping handles 22.

The lower ends of the actuating rods 21 sup-- port a transverse bar 23, and engaging the upper side of said bar is a curved crank arm 24 .of a rock shaft 25, journaled longitudinally upon the under side of the platform in depending bearings 26, carried by said platform. The opposite end of the shaft extends to the spring held end of the keeper 15 and is provided with a crank arm 27 adapted to impinge the end of the keeper 15 and release the latch 13 and the striking board 7.

Upon the forward end of the platform and upon the fixed section 6 of the striking board, intermediate the gripping handles 22 is arranged a graduated dial 28 having an indicator 29 which is carried by a vertical shaft 30, journaled in the fixed section 6 and the depending bearing 31, provided therefor. The lower end of-the shaft 30 carries a crank arm 32 normally held in engagement with the curved crank arm 24 of the shaft 25 by a coil spring 33, said spring being attached to one of the depending bearings 20.

The inner end .of the striking board 7 is provided upon the under side thereof with a transverse cleat 34, and when said striking board is released, said cleat is adapted to move a lever 35 fulcrumed between one of the bearings 20 and a bearing 36. One end of the lever 35 is adapted to compress a syringe or bulb 37, having hose connection 38 and 39 with a nozzle 40 and a receptacle 41 respectively. The former is arranged in the fixed section 6 of the striking board and is' adapted to spray or discharge water on the face of the operator of the machine, when the bulb 37 is compressed. The receptacle 41 is detachably mounted in brackets 42 provided therefor beneath the platform 5. The opposite end of the lever 35 is adapted to impinge a spring held trigger 43 forming part of a cap casing 44, carried by one of the brackets 42.

Operation: Before the machine is used for initiating purposes, water or a suitable fluid is placed in the receptacle 41 and an explosive cap placed in the casing 44, with the trigger in an elevated or set position. This is easily accomplished by standing the ma chine upon one end. With the machine in a horizontal position, as shown in Fig. 8, the machine has the appearance of a weight or lift testing machine, and as such, it is described to the person to be initiated. The person then steps upon the platform 5 and assumes the position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 8, with the limbs spread apart and a foot at each side of the striking board 7, care being taken that this striking section is not stood upon. The first elevating movement of the handles 22 swings the indicator 29 to the first graduation. This is accomplished through the medium of the transverse bar 23 raising the curved crank arm 24, and the curvature of this arm is adapted to swing the crank arm 32 of the shaft 30, carrying the indicator 29. A further upward movement of the handles 22 rocks the shaft sulficiently to cause the crank arm 27 thereof to impinge and move the keeper 15, releasing the latch 13 and allowing the board 7 to strike the operator of the machine with considerable force. Simultaneous with the blow of the striking board, the transverse cleat 34 moves the fulcrumed lever 35, causing said lever to strike the trigger 43 and explode the cap. The lever 35 also compresses the syringe or bulb 37 and forces a quantity of water from said syringe or bulb upon the face of the operator. The beveled latch 13 permits of the striking board 7 being closed, and the spring held keeper 15 returns the shaft to its normal position, while the crank arm 24 of said shaft forces downwardly upon the transverse bar 23 and lowers the handles 22 to their normal position. The spring 33 of the crank arm 32 returns the indicator 29 to its normal position. By placing another cap in the casing 44 and rcsetting the trigger 43, the machine is in condition for further use.

With the platform 5 properly constructed and the striking board 7 neatly fitted in the platform 5, it will be impossible for an operator to detect this movable section of the platform. The nozzle 40 is made a small size and counter sunk in the fixed section (3 whereby it will not attract attention or raise any suspicion. as to the real purpose and operation of the machine.

Vhile in the drawings forming a part of this application there is illustrated the preferred embodiments of my invention, I would have it understood that the elements therein can be varied or changed, as to shape, proportion and manner of assemblage, without departing from the scope of the invention.-

Having now described my invention what I claim as new, is

1. A machine of the type described embodying an oblong structure, a platform carried thereby, a striking board trunnioncd in said platform, coil springs connecting said striking board and said structure for elevating the outer end thereof, a depending beveled notched latch carried by the outer end of said board, a spring held keeper arranged beneath said platform for engaging said latch and holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft journaled beneath said platform and having a crank arm adapted to impinge said keeper, a curved crank arm carried by said rock shaft, handle rods arranged in said platform, a transverse bar supported by said rods and adapted to engage said curved crank arm, a graduated dial arranged upon said platform, an indicator in connection with said dialand adapted to be actuated by said curved crank arm, a fulcrumed lever supported beneath said platform, a transverse cleat carried by the inner end of said board and adapted to strikesaid lever, a syringe located beneath said platform and adapted to be compressed by one end of said lever, a receptacle located beneath said platform and having a hose connection with said syringe, a nozzle located in said platform and having a hose connection with said syringe, a cap casing supported beneath said platform, and a sprlng actuated trigger in connection with said cap casing and adapted to be struck by the opposite end of said lever, substantially as described.

2. A machine of the type described comprising an oblong structure, a platform carried thereby, a striking board trunnioned in said platform and forming a part thereof, springs located in said structure and connecting with the inner end of said board for elevating the outer end thereof, a latch carried by the outer end of said board, a spring held keeper for engaging said latch, a rock shaft arranged longitudinally Within said structure for moving said keeper, a curved crank arm carried by said shaft, handle rods arranged in said platform, a transverse bar connecting said rods for elevating said curved crank arm, a dial arranged upon said platform, an indicator in connection with said dial and adapted to be actuated by said curved crank arm, a lever fulcrumecl in said structure, a cleat carried by the inner end of said bar for moving said lever, a syringe compressible by said lever for discharging a fluid above said platform, a cap casing located in said structure, and a spring actu ated trigger in connection with said casing and adapted to be struck by said lever.

3. A machine of the type described com prising an oblong structure, a trunnioned striking board carried by said structure, springs connecting with the inner end of said board for elevating the outer end thereof, a spring held keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft arranged in said structure for moving said keeper, handle rods arranged in said structure and extending above said structure, a transverse bar carried by said rods for rocking said shaft, a dial arranged upon said structure, an indicator in connection with said dial and adapted to be actuated by a movement of said shaft, a lever fulcrumecl in said structure and adapted to be moved with the inner end of said board, a syringe compressible by one end of said lever for discharging Water above said structure, and a spring actuated trigger adapted to be struck by the opposite end of said lever, substantially as and for the purpose herein set forth.

4. A machine of the type described comprising an oblong structure, a trunnioned striking board carried by said structure, springs connecting with the inner end of said board for elevating the outer end thereof, a spring held keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft arranged in said structure for moving said keeper, handle rods arranged in said structure and extending above said structure, a transverse bar carried by said rods for rock ing said shaft, a dial arranged upon said structure, an indicator in connection with said dial and adapted to be actuated by a movement of said shaft, a lever fulcrumed in said structure, and adapted to be moved with the inner end of said board, and a syringe compressible by one end of said lever for discharging Water above said structure.

5. A machine of the type described com prising an oblong structure, a normally closed spring actuated striking board trunnioned in said structure, a keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft arranged in said structure for engaging said keeper and releasing said board, handle rods extending into said structure for actuating said rock shaft, a dial arranged upon said structure, an indicator in connection vvith said dial and adapted to be actuated by the movement of said rock shaft, a fulcrumed lever arranged in said structure and adapted to be moved by a movement of said board, and a syringe compressible by said lever for discharging water above said structure.

6. A machine of the type described comprising an oblong structure, a normally closed spring actuated striking board trunnioned in said structure, a keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, a rock shaft arranged in said structure for engaging said keeper and releasing said board, handle rods extending into said structure for actuating said rock shaft, a dial arranged upon said structure, an indicator in connection with said dial and adapted to be actuated by the movement of said rock shaft, a fulcrumed lever arranged in said structure and adapted to be moved by a movement of said board, and a trigger actuated by said lever.

7. A machine comprising an oblong structure, a spring actuated striking board trunnioned in said structure, handle rods extending into said structure, a keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, means actuated, by said handle rods for moving said keeper and releasing said board, a dial located upon said structure, an indicator in connection With said dial and actuated by said means,

means arranged Within said structure and actuated by the movement of said board for discharging Water from said structure, and means actuated by the movement of said board for causing a detonation Within said structure.

8. A machine comprising an oblong structure, a spring actuated striking board trunnioned in said structure, handle rods extending into said structure, a keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, means actuated by said handle rods for moving said keeper and releasing said board, a dial located upon said structure, an indicator in connection with said dial and actuated by said means, and means arranged Within said structure and actuated by the movement of said board for discharging Water from said structure.

9. A machine comprising an oblong structure, a spring actuated strlking board trunnioned in said structure, handle rods extending into said structure, a keeper arranged in said structure for normally holding said board in a closed position, means actuated by said handle rods for moving said keeper and releasing said board, a dial located upon said structure, an indicator in connection With said dial and actuated by said means, and means actuated by the movement of said board for causing a detonation .Within said structure.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.

ISAAC A. MAMAUX.

Witnesses MAX H. SROLOVITZ, K. H. BUTLER.

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