US 397379 A
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NiTE drarns PATENT JOHN G. MEYERS, OF IVASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ASSIGNOR TO THE NEIV ll'lAIlSOLEUllI COB'IPANY, OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 397,379, dated February 5, 1889.
Application filed November 24, 1888 Serial No. 291,726. (No model.)
To aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that 1, JOHN G. MEYERs, a citizen of the United States, residing at \Vashing ton, in the District of Columbia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in the Process of Desiccating Corpses; and I do deel are the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled. in the art to which it apper- IO tains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
T5 My inventimi has relation to -a new and useful process of preserving; or dcsiccatingi dead bodies; and the object of the invention is to preserve or desiceate the body, whereby it maybepreserved for an indefinite time;
section of a corpse-cell containing a dead 1 body to illustrate my process.
In carrying out my improved process I preferably constru ct a mausoleum containing suitable cells or receptacles, A, which are provided'with a door, l3, for the reception of the body, and with an air induction, a, and eduction orifice b. The body 0 is then placed in the cell A and the door sealed, which completely and hermetically seals the cell, except as to the air inlet and outlet orifice. After the bodyis thus sealed in the cell a current 0t 40 dry or atmospheric air is cn'itinuously passed or forced through the cell, and thereby removes all moisture or other einanations from the chamber, and in the co urse of a short time the body will become dry and thoroughly des- 4 5 iccated, and in this condition will keep orbe preserved for an indefinite period of time.
Of course it will, be understood that by means of the glass plate 1: the body can be ex amined at any time from the beginning of the process to the end.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and useful, and desire to secure by Iietters Patent of the l' nited States,
The process oi? (flesiceating a corpse, which. consists in placing the same in a vault or cell of a mausoleum, hermetically sealing the same, except as to inlet and outlet passages for air, then passing through the cell a cur- 6o rent of dried or atmospheric air, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.
In testimony whereof I attix my signature in I presence of two witnesses.
J OHN G. MEYERS. \Vitnesses:
JAMES S. MACCOY, H. J. ENNIS.