As visitors approached the Stubblefield farm, yet a good way off, Stubblefield would appear at the door to wave them away. This often occurred when they were simply too far away to be visually located. He refused to speak to anyone for long periods of time. Many of these occurrences were reported during the night, when visibility from the cabin to the distant parts of his fields would be impossible. Nathan would always appear at the door, somehow knowingly, waving would-be visitors away.
Pranking schoolboys, intent on stealing vegetables or fruits, would ever so secretly crawl onto his farm, quite out of possible sight. Nathan would always be right next to them laughing in no time, somehow mysteriously detecting their presence. In a later embodiment, bells would sound when anyone approached so much as a half-mile from his cabin. It has been suggested that he had developed a device, which could actually indicate the positions of any intruder across a space of ground.
Some declared that Nathan, jealous of his privacy, rigged the whole farm with delicate trip wires in order to locate and surprise pranksters. Sometimes the intruders would be met by Stubblefield, waiting at the very spot where they were stealthily heading. No intruder ever managed to feel or find these supposed wires. This tantalizing mystery has never been fully explored.
Others would say that Nathan buried sound-sensors all over the farm. These, when pressed, could model a trace across a map of the farm inside the cabin. Each sensor, tied to an indicator could show up on the map. Studying this map, he could see where intruders were on the fields. Nathan could then gleefully sneak up on them and chase them away.
Methods of distant ranging and location were devised by Antonio Meucci, employing tone signals. These required receivers, however, at the distant end. But Nathan knew where the intruders were coming from and where they were going as well. Nathan may have developed ground-wireless relays, which responded to ground-buried sensors. These may have transmitted a tonal signal to the cabin, where a receiver would be triggered. This receiver may have been the bell-sounding mechanism. How did he locate people with pinpoint accuracy however? No complex array of detectors was ever found in his cabin when he died.
In light of all his experimentation with earth energy and wireless, we will assume that his last two mysterious inventions speak of utterly new and unknown (though related) ground energy phenomena. But, what natural phenomenon permitted him to achieve this feat?
Ocean waves often contour the shoreline, evidencing something of the shore outlines to distant places. Electrical waves might conceivably do this. But how would Nathan model this inside his cabin? No such map was ever really found. Also, if he were using some kind of ground impulse Doppler radar or sonar (electrical ground impulses outward) then what feature beneath the approaching intruders would signal an echo back to the receiver?
Some have even suggested that Stubblefield was utilizing distant variable ground conductivity. Intruders would alter this by their weight and step. But how would such a signal be transferred back to the measuring station? Such reciprocation in ground currents would require that the energy used is somehow … irritable and sensitive. This would evidence an unsuspected permeating biological nature in geology … a song, a personality with which the old linesmen-dowsers were intimate.
A motor, designed by Stubblefield to operate entirely by fluctuations in ground static, has been stored in a local museum. The device features several mobile pith balls around a compass-like perimeter, resembling the equally mysterious electrostatic hoop telegraphs of the 1700’s. Students of Stubblefield’s work have examined the pith ball pendulum device and ignorantly concluded it to be a useless piece of junk.
Pithball (static) telegraphs of the early 1700’s reveal this Stubblefield design to be a very special “find”. Pithball telegraphs utilized a grounded metal hoop, an underlying dial, and a pendulum on which a pithball (cork) was hung. A single line (sometimes of silk) connected two such arrangements.
Signals were made and received in a very curious manner with pith ball hoops, an equally historic mystery. Moving the pithball to a particular letter on the dial resulted in identical displacements in the receiver: an anomaly. These arcane devices managed the articulate transaction of messages by earth energies.
Through unknown phenomena characteristic of earth energy, these devices approached true intelligent transfer by a single wire connection. One simply swung the pithball toward a letter or word, indicated on a dialette. At a great distance away, an equivalent set registered identical swings. Electricity does not produce such responses.
Witnesses of these signaling devices were credible persons in the scientific community. No one questioned how it was possible to articulate such a transfer with static electricity. In any event, any researcher not familiar with the designs would pass over Stubblefield’s “pithball table” without counting it as worthy of study.
The device found in Nathan’s cabin after he passed away is of singular mystery. One person actually thought that Nathan built it just because it “looked really strange” … like some science art form made to baffle the unwary. It sat upon a trunk off to the side of his cabin room. Bernard Stubblefield, his son, did not recognize the device. Nathan must have built it after Bernard was taken away with his mother. Too young to independently pursue his father’s developments, Bernard did not remember seeing the device before. It was taken to a local museum, where it now resides unheralded.
This device is a square arrangement, having several insulator-mounted pith balls in each quadrant of the central square table. It is quite likely that this was the means by which Nathan detected movements and positions in his field. If this analysis proves true, then it represents a major leap in his earth power technology.
I have surmised that this device is the Stubblefield long-range detector. Motions in a specific pithball pendulum gave the direction and position of the intruder. Such a device relies on phenomena, which are unknown in conventional electric science.
- HEARING THROUGH WIRES: Antonio Meucci
- BROADCAST POWER: Nikola Tesla