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i THE RADDATZ SUBMARINE BOAT A SUCCESSFUL TEST DURING WHICH IT WAS UNDER WATER A HALF HOUR. A VESSEL PASSES OYER HER Dnrins the Time the Craft Was Submerged Submerged It Traveled Iore Than a Half Mile The Experience of One of the Passengers. For several years a modest young man. a native of this' city, a graduate of the State Normal School and an expert machinist, has boon developing and perfecting a vessel to navigate beneath the surface of the water. The name of the ambitions Inventor is Ilich-urrl Ilich-urrl Ilich-urrl Umhlatz. and he is 'JO years old. His labors have been conducted with great secrecy, and, while in a general way it was knwii that he was attempting to solve the dUlioult problem of submarine navigation and was meeting with encouraging results, the vessel itself was never beheld by more than half a dozen persons until within the past two weeks, during which period all doubt as to its success has been removed. So Jealously did the Inventor guard his treasure that even kodak fiends were kept at bay and no picture of the ship has ever been taken until within a few days. At various times last year tests of the vessel vessel were made and though its practicability was demonstrated it also became evident that it was not large enough and that it lacked propelling power. Some weeks ago Mr. liaddatz raised the iron double cone from the bottom of the F'ox river, where It had lain all winter to avoid curious Inspection, and put in a middle section and stronger engines. Kcently the ship was completed and in the presence of a deeply interested throng occurred occurred her second launching and trial trip. Mr. Itaddatz. his assistant nnd the writer made the descent. The start was made from the United States shipyard and when the cigar-shaped cigar-shaped cigar-shaped mass of iron sank from sight I beneath the surface of the Fox river a re sounding shout went up rroni me vast assemblage assemblage on the river bunks. Previous lo the descent Mr. Raddafz stated that he would be gone no longer than fifteen minutes. When twenty-five twenty-five twenty-five minutes had gone by ami still the river gave no sign the suspense became awful and the quiet that succeeded the disappearance of the boat I gave way to a murmur that betokened the j fear the people experienced. Finally, after th boat had been given up for lost, there was a slight commotion about the middle of the river and up came the submarine vessel and headed for shore. The descent was really a voyage. The boat travelled listance of half a mile and re- re- mained stationary several minutes in the r.i w of t he ( h ohl'o and Nort lwesteru Kail - road bridge. This was done to test its iuaciiiner . since uie ciiro-m ciiro-m ciiro-m is t-i, t-i, t-i, sum, and Mr. liaddatz desired to prove that the boat could be held stationary In a rapid current. The appearance of the bridge piles tliinv feet below the surface the river is j j ! ! i j j i j

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  1. The Times,
  2. 04 Jul 1897, Sun,
  3. Page 27

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