In autumn 1916, the office of the Inspector General of Artillery Captain Olminsky Kuzmina was accompanied by a certain nondescript Polish subject, just did not like the chief inspector. Held inventor — reddish gentleman of 30 — cheeky, even brazen. Pshemylsky started with the fact that the army has predicted a quick death as unnecessary: his invention (made together with his brother Henry Schmidt) will protect any place — a trench, fortress, or even the country of shells and bullets so as not protect the most reliable dugout. Let the pan do not worry, he Casimir Pshemylsky, not crazy, just any brilliant idea at first seems incredible. So it just shows his invention. Casimir took his bag of thick and heavy cable, coated with gutta-percha, put it around, plugged into an outlet (general's office was electrified) and told others that he is now invulnerable and no power can overcome the barrier.
General regret the time spent. But the captain Olminsky picked up three balls: wood, iron and lead, calmly swung with force and let one another in Przemysl smiling. None of the balls not reached the goal. They fell down on the cable fell and lay still. Inventor of the disabled "protective circle" and the balls rolling on the floor. After this maneuver is repeated, the general himself. The result was the former. The inventor was triumphant. Returning the mysterious security cable back into the bag, he moved to the point. His half-brother, Henry Schmidt considers himself a German, and he, Casimir, considers himself a Slav and with all your soul betrayed Russia. But, alas, he can not hide the unfortunate fact that Henry is set up differently, and from day to day turn to the representatives of the German High Command with a proposal to purchase a discovery that allows to do the German and the Austrian army invulnerable to bullets and shells.
Kuzmin maneuver inventor appreciated. What is the nature of the invention, said the chief inspector of artillery. In fact, said Przemysl that his apparatus may generate waves gravity. Of course, this unit is a low-power and unable to capture the objects weighing more than a pound. Be different, in the office of his Excellency to the ceiling collapsed. But if there is anything artillery Committee, he Casimir Przemysl is taken to produce in a very short period of high power device which will keep any caliber projectiles at a distance of half a mile from the goal. Making such a device will cost 150 thousand. rubles. With mass production cost, of course, decreases and no more than 25 thousand. per mile per unit length of the perimeter of the barrier.
Without expressing interest, rather out of duty, the general appointed Przemysl go three days later, when he invites experts. But left alone, Kuzmin friend telephoned expert, described the demonstration Perimeter and asked whether it is possible, in principle, the device proposed by a Pole. The expert, a young physicist, said that if you stick to traditional views, it is not be possible. But the very traditional views in the last decade were not a crushing blow, and what was impossible yesterday is possible today. Of course, a demonstration of the device — is not proof, magicians in the booths and do not show it. Expert promised to develop and implement a genuine scientific scrutiny Perimeter Przemysl.
Then he telephoned General in special administration, and insisted on an urgent meeting with the supervisor. At the meeting, he said that he had information that resides in Lviv, a Henry Schmidt, the owner of the invention, a great military significance, and is going to sell the invention Kaiser industrialists, and this may hurt Russian army. Should take appropriate steps to stop the deal.
The second demonstration perimeter Przemysl did not take place — in a private apartment, which stopped the inventor, the night before the appointed time there was an explosion that led to the fire. Inventor and three other residents of the house were killed. The most thorough search in the ruins of his bag to no avail. Captain Olminsky whose protégé was the inventor, the same night hanged himself, leaving a suicide note. The reason for suicide was banal — the bride, fearing injury combat officer, went to the other. Two deaths in different parts of the city could be a coincidence, but bad coincidence. It may be that while the king's secret services took action against Henry Schmidt, similar measures adopted and the Kaiser's soldiers cloak-and-dagger.