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Publication numberUS920837 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 4, 1909
Filing dateSep 2, 1908
Priority dateSep 2, 1908
Publication numberUS 920837 A, US 920837A, US-A-920837, US920837 A, US920837A
InventorsUlysses S De Moulin
Original AssigneeUlysses S De Moulin
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined lifting and spanking machine.
US 920837 A
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Patented May 4, 1909.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented May 4, 1909.

Application filed September 2, 1908. Serial No. 451,418.

T 0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ULYSSES S. D E Mou- LIN; a citizen of the United States, residmg at Greenville, in the county of Bond and State of Illinois, have invented a new and useful Combined Lifting and Spanking lylachlne, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to initiation de vices and'more particularly to a combined lifting and span-king machine of the type described and claimed in Patent No. 654,611, hearing date of July 31, 1900. g

The object of the invention is to provide a trick device of this character used ostensibly as a weight lifting machine but which, when actuated operates to release a spring actuated electro-generator and a spring actuated paddle, the current of electricity being di- .rected into the person actuating the machine while the paddle at the same time strikes him.

A further object is to provide simple and eflicient means operated by the lifting handles for releasing the paddle and generator actuating mechanisms.

A still further object is to provide a paddle having means operated by its impact agamst the body, for exploding a cartridge, or other detonating device carried thereby.

With these and other objects in view the invention consists of certain novel features of construction and combinations of parts which will be hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings is shown the preferred form of the inventlon.

In said drawings: Figure 1 is a perspective view of the complete device. Fig. 2 is a bottom plan view thereof. Fig. 3 is a vert cal longitudinal section. Fig. 4 1s a detail vlew of the engaging portions of the pivot frame and paddle stem.

Referringto the figures by characters of reference, 1 designates a box-like platform and mounted within this platform adjacent one end are vertically movable rods 2 provided at their upper ends with'handles 3 designed to be gripped by the user. The lower ends of the rods 2 are attached to a cross strip 4 disposed within the platform and having its ends slidably mounted in guide grooves 5. Springs 6 surround the rods 2 above the strip 4 and are designed to hold said strip normally in lowered position. One of the rods 2 is insulated from the cross strip 4 and is eledtrically connected as by means of a wire 7 with an electro-generator 8 while another electrical connection, such as wire 9, connects the cums strip 4 with the generator 8.

The generator 8, which may be of any desired type, is designed to be driven by a spring motor-.10 throu h a train of gears 11 and one of these gears as a stop pin 12 outstanding from one face thereof. mounted on a bracket 13 is a locking lever 14 normallyheld, by means of a spring 15, in-

side the circle described .by the pin 12 when the gears are rotating. A stop bracket 16 is provided for limiting the movement of this lever in one direction. Another bracket 17 is secured within the platform and has a latch lever 18 pivoted thereon and mounted to swing in a vertical plane whereas the lever 14 is designed to swing in a horizontal plane. One end'of the latch lever projects above the cross strip 4 and a spring 19 is connected to said lever and to the bracket 17 for the purpose of holding the latch lever normally in position to automatically engage and lock the lever 14 against the stress of spring 15. When lever 14 is thus locked one end of it projects into the path of pin 12 and thetrain of gears 1 1 is thus prevented from operating.

Arranged longitudinally within the platform preferably along the center thereof are guide strips 20 between which is mounteda slide 21. A strap 22 connects these guides and constitutes a keeper designed to be engaged by a spring metal tongue 23 extendin from one end of the slide and having a hear which automatically engages a strap or keeper 22 when brought into contact there- With. Another strap 24 extends from the other end of slide 21 and is pivotally con.- nected to a bolt o'r rod 25 mounted within the terminus of an elongated yoke 26. The terminal portions of this yoke extend through a slot 27 in the platform and are Pivotally' pivotally mounted upon brackets 28 secured to the platform. Springs 29 connect the bolt 25 with one end of the platform so as to normally hold the slide 21 removed from the strap or keeper 22 and the yoke 26 normally at a predetermined angle to the platform. This yoke has included in its structure prefer- ,ably two superposed angular collars 30 provided with inwardly directed lugs 31. Said collars are designed to receive the stem 32 of a paddle 33, said stem having a longitudinal groove 34 for the reception of the lug 31.

The paddle may be provided with any suitable means for discharging a detonator when notch 43 is provided for the purpose of re- Y with the operator.

or keeper 22.

ceiving arm 41 and holding plunger 40 against the stress of 1ts spring. It is of course to be understood that the tube 39 and plunger 40 are so positioned that said plunger when released will be pro ec-ted against the cap of the cartridge contained withln the block.

When it is desired to use the device herein described a blank cartridge is placed within the opening 36 and the plunger 40 is pulled against the stress of its spring and its arm 41 is shifted into the notch 43. The motor 10 is wound after lever 14 is locked in the path of the stop pin 12. The paddle 33 is then swung backward and downward and will cause a corresponding movement of the yoke 26. The slide 21 will therefore be slid forward until its tongue 23 engages the strap The paddle will therefore be locked in lowered position and the springs 29 held under tension.

The person to be initiated 1s placed upon the platform and told to test his strength by pulling upward on the handles 3. This necessarily compels him to assume a stoopin posture. When the handles have been pu led upward a predetermined distance carrying the cross strip 4 therewith and compressing the springs 6, an arm 45 which is carried by the cross strip 4 pushes against the head of tongue 23 and releases said head from engagement with the strap or keeper 22. Springs 29 will promptly operate to pull slide 21 backward and to swing the yoke 26 so as to bring the paddle 33 into contact The impact of the paddle against the body will be sufficient to throw the weighted arm 41 of plunger 40 out of notch 43 and said plunger will be promptly projected against the cartridge within the block 35, said cartridge being thus exploded. Simultaneously with the foregoing operations the latch lever 18 is swung by strip 4 out of the path of the locking lever 14 which, when freed in this manher, is drawn by its spring 15 out of the path of the stop pin 12. The gears of the generator are thus released and the motor will into the body of the person grasping them.

A startling effect will obviousl -Lhc produced by the simultaneous operation of the paddle, the generator, and the detonator.

Importance is attached to the fact that the stem of the paddle can be readily discugaged from the angular collars 30, so that the paddle can be used indepemlently of the rest of the machine. This is often deemed desirable.

It is of course to be understood that the mechanism concealed beneath the platform can be readily used in connection with other forms of trick devices so as to subject the initiate to an electric shock;

Although a particular form of mechanism has been shown and described upon the paddle, it is to be understood that various changes may be made in the construction of said mechanism as well as in the construction of other parts of the machine without departing from the spirit or sacrificing the advantages of the invention.

A suitable switch 46 may be arranged adjacent the platform for the purpose of breaking the circuit through the conductors under the platform. It is therefore possible to promptly turn off the current whenever desired and before the magneto has ceased to operate. Moreover a suitable indicator sucn as indicated at 47 is preferably arranged within the platform and adjacent the ham dles 3, so that the machine will further simulate a lifting machine.

What is claimed is:

1. In a trick lifting machine the combination with a spring pressed member, and means connected thereto to facilitate the manual actuation thereof; of a generator, a spring motor for actuating the'same, said motor including a revoluble member, a stop upon said member, a locking lever, means for securing the lever in the path of the stop, said means being actuated by the spring pressed member to release the lever and motor.

2. In a trick lifting machine the combination with a spring pressed cross strip and means connected thereto to facilitate the actuation thereof against the stress of the spring; of a generator electrically connected to said means, a motor for actuating the generator, said motor including a revoluble sto a spring controlled locking lever normalf; positioned outside the path of the stop, a spring controlled lever for holding the locking lever in the path of the stop, said levers being actuated by the movement of the spring pressed member to release the stop device.

3. In a trick lifting machine a springpressed member, means connected thereto to facilitate the manual actuation thereof, a generator, a spring motor for actuating the same, said motor including a revoluble member, a stop upon said member, a locking lever normally removed from the path of said i stop, means for locking the lever in the path of the stop to hold the motor against movement', sai means projecting into the path of and disposed to be actuated by the spring- ,pressed member to release the levers and,

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4. In a trickdifting machine a springpressed cross-strlp, means connected thereto to facilitate the actuation thereof against trolled locking lever norma y located outside the path of the stop, means for locking said lever against the stress of the s ring and I in the path of the sto to hold t e motor against movement, sai means comprising a lever movable in a plane er endicular to the plane of movement of t e ocking lever, and a spring for holding said holding lever normally in the path of the locking lever, said holding lever projecting into the path of the spring-pressed cross-strip and disposed to be actuated thereby when the strip is moved in one direction only to release the locking lever and permit the movement thereof by its spring out of the path of the sto device.

I testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto affixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.




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