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Making te Blind to See. Mr Peter Stiens, a Russian scientist, at present in this country, claims that he has invented a process by which he restores sight to the blind. He has just completed a series of experiments which have been most success- ful. This is what he had to tell a representa- tive of the "Daily News Weekly" as to its invention and its achievements New Eyes for Old. "Y011 say tbat you will make the blind to see?" I asked. Absolutely," replied the claimant. ''But understand me clearly. I do not claim, and I do not attempt, to 'restore' sight as restor- ation is usually understood. I give artificial sight, and it makes no difference whether the person waborn without eyes, whether the eyes are wholly or partially destroyed since birth, or how the sight has gone. My ex- periments are not completed. I have yet nraeh to do; but the results are all that have anticipated so far. Greater things will 11 come. But the sight is already given." 1 gathered that Mr Stein's principle is that he supplies a substitute for the lens of the eye by the aid ol electricity immediately his apparatus. I felt a slight sensation of an elec- body of the individual. "My apparatus will, iie said, "as in the camera, focus the rays of light from the object to the brain, and sight is given, the objects being clearly seen, not inverted, but in their proper form. My ap- paratus constitutes a substitute for the lens.' Seeing with Bandaged Eyes. Mr Stie)is asked me whether I would like to test his apparatus. Naturally I eagerly answered, "Yes," and this is what followed. I was taken by the inventor into a small room. I was then blindfolded effectually. I could see absolutely nothing. Matches and candles were lighted before me, but I could not see them. Then I was connected with his apparatus. I felt a slight sensation of elec- trical current passing through my body. Then quickly the darkness passed away, a dull grey took place (mol was succeeded by a light clear and bright. I saw fingers held up be- fore me) and a disc that looked like a coin. And when I was disconnected from the appar- atus I found I was standing just where I was when the eyes were bandaged; Mr Steins had been by my side all the time, and there was no one else present. Mr Steins appeared to be as delighted as I was surprised at the result. Let it be borne in mind that my eye- sight is perfect. At any rate, I believe so. But my eyes had been completely blind- folded, and all was aljsoltite darkness till the connection with the apparatus took plaoe. The inventor would not permit me to exam- ine the apparatus, patent for which have not yet been applied for. Neither would Mr Steins explain the precise character rf his invention, or the means employed to achieve such results. But as nearly as I can re- member I have described what I gathered to be the principle on which he is working, which, briefly, is that the eye, as we know it, can liave its functions effectually performed by his electrical apparatus. "Here is my in- vention," said he. "It does not matter what I have done ill the past, and I need not now describe the electrical invention* of mine which are now being largely used, especially in Germany, Russia, and other Continental countries. I say I can do what I assert. The thing is, can I do it or not? I make my claim and it is for me to give the proof. You can judge from what you have seen to-day some- thing of the nature of my assertions." The Deaf to Hear. In reply to some questions, Mr Steins said the complete apparatus would be made in such portable and convenient form as to make it quite easy for a person to carry it about so as to place this artificially given light at the individual's disposition for the ordinary practical purposes of life. Spectacles, he ad- ( ded, would be quite unnecessary. "So long as the receiving part,-the brain-is there, my apparatus," he smilingly added, "will do the rest. The rayg of light strike my apparatus instead of the eyes, and pass thence s o the brain, the real camera. And the apparatus will be effective carried anywhere, so long as it is connected with the body, the nearco the brain the better." Mr Stiens is also engaged on an elcc'ical apparatus, by means of which he declares that deaf persons will be made to hear per- fectly. He explained his plan in this vay. "You know," he said, "that if the drum, or tympanic membrane, is at fault, and t-.e small bones, viz., the incus, malleus, and stapes, are present, people are enabled to hear by means of plugs being put into '.he ears; in fact the plug is called a false drum. Now with my apparatus (when the mem barne and the bones are at fault), hearing jrill be given by the application of the apparatus to the surface of the body. The body; s good conductor of the electric current, and when the apparatus is in use at one end the person wishing to speak to the 'eaf speaks into the apparatus, the vibrations are tarried through to the person being spoken ix), and thence, by nerves to the resonating chamber, and so along the eustaohian tube to the audi- tory nerve, which conveys the sound to Vin- centre of haaring in the brain." Asked if the auditory nerve was at fault, what then? Mr Siens said another nerve would be, so to speak, educated to :k its J place. Such are some of the claims made ty this electrician, who! has (been responsibly for several inventions in the past He has only lately recovered from a prolonged i.lness, oc casioned by dangerous expeirmonts in which he had engaged for other purpo-s..Now Ie is iit work again, and makes these astonish- ing claims. It is for him to show whether he can justify them.

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