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A STEAM MAN.

The following story of a remarkable mechanical invention is told by the Newark (N. J.) 4 Advertiser ' : — «■■- Mr Zadock De&clrick, aNewark machinist, has invented a man ; one that, moved by steam, will perform some of the most important functions of humanity , that will, standing upright, walk or run as he is bid, in any direction and at almost any rate of speed, drawing after him a load whose weight would tax the strength of three stout draught horses. The history of this curious invention is as follows : — Six years ago Mr Ded drick, the inventor, who is at present but twenty-two years of age, conceived the novel idea of constructing a man that should receive its vitality from a perpetual motion machine. The idea was based on the wellknown mechanical principal that if a heavy weight be placed at the top of an upright slightly inclined from a vertical, gravitation will tend to produce a horizontal as well as vertical motion. The project was not successful. However, by observing carefully the cause of failure, preserving and perfecting the man-form, and by substituting steam in place of the perpetual motion the present success was attained. The man stands seven feet and nir»p inches high, the. other dimensions of the body being correctly proportioned, making him a second Daniel Lambert, by which name he is facetiously spoken of among the workmen. Steam is generated in the body trunk, which is nothing but a three horse power engine, like those nsed in our steam fire-engines. Tha legs which support it are complicated ami wonderful. Ihe steps are taken very naturally and quite easily. As the body is thrown forward upon the advanced foot, the oilier is lifted from the ground by the spring and thrown forward by the steam. Each step or snace advances the body two feet, and every revolution of the engine produces four paces. As the engine is capable of making more than a thousand revolutions in a minute, it would get over the ground, on this calculation, at the rate of a little more than a mile a minute. As this would be working the legs faster than would be safe on uneven ground or on Broad-street cobble stones, it is proposed to run the engine at the rate of live hundred revolutions per minute, which would walk the man at the modest Bpeed of half a mile a minute. The fellow is attached to a common rockaway carriage, the shafts of which serve to support him in a vertical position. These shafts are two bars of iron, fastened to the front of the carriage, and are curved so as to bo joined to a circular sustaining bar, which passes around the waist like a girth, and in which the man moves so as to face in any direction. Besides these motions, machinery has been arranged by which this figure can be thrown backward from a vertical nearly forty-five degrees. This is done in order to enable it to ascend or descend all grades. To the soles of the feet spikes or corks are fixed, which, effectually prevent slipping. The whole affair is firmly sustained by the shafts, and has so excellent a foothold, that two men Ire unable to push it over, or in any way throw it down. In order to enable it to stop quickly, it is provided with two appliances, one of which will, as before stated, throw it back from the vertical, while the other bends the knees in a direction opposite to the natural position. An upright post, which is arranged m front of the dash-board, and within easy reach of the front seats, sustained two miniature pilot * heels, by the turning of which ihese various motions and evolutions are directed. It is expected that a sufficiently large amount ol coal can be stowed away under the back seat of the carriage to work the engine for a day. and enough water in a tank under the front seat to last half a day. In order to prevent the "giant" from frightening horses by his wonderful appearance, Mr. Deddrick intends to clothe it, and give it as nearly as possible a likeness to the rest of humanity. The boiler and such parts as are necessarily heated will be encased in felt or woollen under-garments. Pantaloons, coat and vest of the latest styles are provided. When the fires need coaling, which is every two or three hours, the driver stops the machme, descends from his seat, unbuttons " Daniel's " vest, opens a door, shovels in the fuel, buttons up the vest and drives on. On the back, between the shoulders, the steam cocks and gauges are placed. As these would cause the coat to set awkwardly, a knapsack has been provided that completely covers them. A. blanket neatly rolled up and placed on cop of the knapsack perfects the delusion. The face is moulded into a cheerful countenance of white enamel, which contrasts well with the dark hair and moustache. A sheet iron hat, with a gauge top, acts as a smoke-stack. ! The cost of this ' ' fir3t man "is 2000 dols . , though the makers, Messrs. Deddrick and Grase, expect to manufacture succeeding ones, warranted to run a year without repair, for 300 dols. The, same parties expect to construct, on the same principle, horses that will do the duty of ten or twelve ordinary animals of tho same species. These, it is confidently believed, can be used alike before cariiages, street cars, and ploughs. The man now constructed can make his way over any irregular surface, whose ruts and stones are not more than nine inches below or above the level of the road.

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A STEAM MAN., Bruce Herald, Volume V, Issue 214, 3 June 1868

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A STEAM MAN. Bruce Herald, Volume V, Issue 214, 3 June 1868

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