Patent No. 819,814

Patented May 08, 1906

To all whom it may concern:
            Be it known that I, John Milton Seibert, a citizen of the United State, residing at Pekin, in the country of Tazewell and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Initiation Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
            This invention relates to that type of theatrical appliances know as “initiation apparatus,” designed for use in lodges and secret societies for initiating a candidate into the secret and forms of the order.
            To this end the invention contemplates a simple and practical form of apparatus entirely harmless in its action and results, while at the same time producing an amusing and entertaining effect.
            With these and other objects in view, which will readily appear to those familiar with this line of inventions, the same consists in the novel combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, illustrated, and claimed.
            The essential features of the invention involved in carrying out the objects above indicated are necessarily susceptible to modification without departing from the scope thereof; but a practical embodiment of the intention is shown in the drawings, in which–
            Figure 1 is a general view of the complete apparatus, illustrating its mode of use.  Figure 2 is a detailed sectional view of one of the walking electrodes constituting a part of the apparatus worn by the subject.
            Like references designated corresponding parts in the separate figures of the drawings.
            In carrying out the invention the same essentially consists of a pair of guide-conductors 1 and a pair of walking electrodes 2.  The latter are worn by the subject and designed to be carried over and in contact with said conductors.  The guide-conductors are in the form of metallic rails or bands arranged in spaced parallel relation to constitute, in effect, a track and designed to be secured to the floor or other surface a suitable distance apart to permit the subject or candidate to easily walk upon the same.  The said metallic rails or bands constituting the guide-conductors are usually about an inch wide to form a substantial walking surface, and the same may be of any length desired, according to the extent of walk which may be planed for the subject or candidate.  The guiding-conductors 1 are included in an electrical generator-circuit.  This circuit essentially consists of the circuit-wires a and b, connected at one end, respectively, with the separate conductors and also suitably connected with the electrical generator or battery 3 and an electrical magnetic vibrator or induction-coil 4 to secure the necessary electrical action for shocking the subject when the electrical circuit is closed by the contact of both electrodes 2 with the said guiding-conductors.  Any equivalent electrical generating apparatus for securing this result may obviously be associated with the spaced guiding-conductors.
            The walking electrodes 2 are preferably in the form of shoes or slippers, each consisting of the wooden body 5, provided on the exterior thereof with metallic sole and heel contact-plates 6 and 7, respectively.  These sole and heel contact-plate each have a metallic pin or equivalent connection 8 with an inside foot electrode or plate 9, which is arranged within the shoe-body and is designed to form a contact member for the foot of the wearer.
            From the construction described it will be obvious that when the subject or candidate wearing upon his feet the electrodes 2 is guided along and upon the conductors 1 the act of walking will of necessity open and close the electrical circuit, thereby causing the shocking of the subject.
            From the foregoing it is thought that the construction and operation of the herein- described apparatus will be readily understood without further description.
            Having described the invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is–
            An apparatus of the described comprising a pair of spaced metallic rails included in an electrical shocking-circuit, and a pair of shiftable electrodes, each electrode consisting of an insulated walking-shoe provided with exterior sole and heel plates for contact with said rails, and with an interior foot-plate metallically connected with said sole and heel plates.