THE GRAVE ALARM.

Posted: August 3, 2013 in Historic Interest
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August Linguist, a German tailor, residing in America, has invented and patented what he calls a “Grave Alarm”. It is on the principle of the telephone, and its purpose is to prevent the death by suffocation of people who have been buried alive. Linguist’s invention has been adopted and is in use in one American cemetery, but so far none of the people who have been buried in the grave yard have used it to call assistance to themselves. The “grave alarm” consists of a small battery set in the coffin, to which is attached an alarm, something like the contrivance that is placed in clocks. The alarm is fastened to the lid of the coffin. A strap is attached to it and to the hand of the corpse, so that the slightest movement will set the alarm in motion. A wire attached to the alarm runs up through the grave, up a pole, and to the house of the sexton, where a battery and bell are attached. A slight movement in the coffin will start the alarm and ring’ the bell in the sexton’s house, and if a person has been buried alive the alarm in the sexton’s house notifies him of the fact at once. The inventor of the “Grave Alarm” has also provided an iron pipe to be used on the graves where the attachment is to be set. The pipe will furnish enough fresh air to sustain life, and can be taken up when the friends of the deceased have become fully satisfied that death has really taken place.
Evening Express, 2nd March 1894

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