It was this super-focus that was demonstrated on April 11, 1916 by an elderly gentleman with a luxurious gray mustache named Louis Enricht, who at that time was already over 70 years old.
On that day, on the lawn in front of his home on Long Island, he demonstrated to a crowd of journalists how an ordinary passenger car with a conventional internal combustion engine can run on ordinary water. In keeping with the best fakir traditions, before the start of the performance, Enricht gave the skeptical reporters the opportunity to make sure that the fuel tank of his Ford was empty and had no second bottom. Then he gave them a bucket of water to taste, and then poured it into the gas tank. True, the highlight of the focus consisted in a certain greenish liquid, a small amount of which he added from the bubble to the water. But be that as it may, the fact remained a fact: after filling the car with water, Louis got into it, started it and drove off!
The startled journalists, opening their mouths, only followed him with their eyes. And then they rushed to write reports, which the very next day made a splash all over the world. The best pundits were already at that time struggling with the problem of cheap automobile fuel, and what could be cheaper than water ?! In addition, in America then there were interruptions in gasoline, the supply of which was irregular due to the war in Europe and it was then quite expensive - at 30 cents per gallon. Motorists simply rejoiced at the news that some ingenious grandpa would now solve their petrol problems. And the big industrialists have tensed themselves thoroughly. Someone's invention of Enricht threatened to collapse, but someone saw in him an opportunity to become fabulously rich. The telephone in Louis's house was torn to pieces, representatives of the largest companies offered the inventor astronomical sums for the formula of an additive to water that could turn this water into fuel.
However, for some reason, Enricht refused a huge amount of money. True, he hinted to the newspaper people what the solution to his "super focus" is. He described the essence of his discovery as follows: “I found a substance capable of taking oxygen from water, leaving pure atomic hydrogen. This is how it explodes in the cylinders of my car. "
Scientists immediately laughed at the inventor, proving that there is no such chemical compound that can separate hydrogen from oxygen in water. But no one wanted to listen to their abstruse reasoning, let alone reporters who saw with their own eyes that a car with water in the tank was capable of driving.
Chicago Herald journalist William Haskell, a passionate car enthusiast, did not attend the April 11 show. But he specially came to Enricht to find out everything himself. And immediately from the doorway he told Louis that he did not believe in his invention. Enricht responded by saying that he did not trust Haskell either, since he could turn out to be a spy for oil companies. After exchanging harsh words and harshness, the journalist and the inventor suddenly felt sympathy for each other. And Louis not only showed William his "super focus", but also gave him a look at the "magic" additive. Haskell examined the liquid in the vial, sniffed it, and found that it gave off like almonds. Enricht explained: “This is hydrocyanic acid. It fights off all other smells. My formula lends itself to simple chemical analysis. Any chemist can easily identify its constituents. However, he will not be able to synthesize a substance without knowing the technological process. "
Haskell left the inventor's house as an admirer of Enricht's talent. And soon erupted in the "Chicago Herald" with an enthusiastic article, which further added to Enricht's popularity.
Soon, representatives of the richest companies approached him: the auto concern of Henry Ford and the arms corporation "Maxim" and began to persuade him to sell the magic recipe only to them and to nobody else.
Meanwhile, the journalists, who first lifted Enricht to heaven, began to lower him to earth. They dug up the details of his biography somewhere and publicly announced that he was a swindler, on whom there was no place to stigmatize. His entire previous life was by no means a scientific activity, but a continuous series of various scams.
Enricht first appeared in 1890, when he collected money from gullible Colorado residents to build a railway from Canyon City to Cripple Creek, and tried to slip with them. They caught up with him, the money was taken away, however, they could not prove that he was not going to invest in the construction of the railway and was released in peace. Which Louis took advantage of immediately getting involved in another scam. Sold 45 acres of land he did not own. Moreover, it turned out that he had already "bred" fellow citizens on the basis of some of his inventions. To a certain English company, he "vparil" his patent for the production of heavy-duty artificial stone. The company paid him a good price, but was unable to organize the production of heavy-duty stones.
Louis Enricht filled his Ford with water, and ... drove off.
However, the revelations of Enricht in the press did not stop the car and gun kings. "Ford" and "Maxim" entered into a serious rivalry for the possession of the miracle fuel recipe. They placated Louis in every possible way. For example, Ford gave him the latest model car. And each other "Ford" and "Maxim" poured mud and accused of lying. In the confrontation, the king of arms prevailed. He pushed through the newspapers that he had bought a patent from Enricht for a million dollars. Henry Ford decided that he had lost and broke all relations with the inventor. And Hiram Maxim earned millions of dollars on the growth of the price of his shares, after which he admitted that he had not signed any contract with Enricht and had not received a patent from him.
The battle of the oligarchs played into the hands of Enricht, he successfully collected advances for his invention, on which he equipped himself with a luxurious laboratory and began to build a house. But then the financier Benjamin Yokum made serious accusations against him. Joakum allegedly entered into a secret agreement with Enricht to purchase his prescription for automobile fuel and had already paid him an advance of $ 100, 000 when he learned that Louis had secretly met with the former military attaché of the German embassy, von Batten, and promised to give him the recipe.
Passing a strategically important secret to the enemy during World War I smelled like high treason worthy of being shot. Louis Enricht was detained. But during the investigation, he said that von Batten really offered him ten thousand dollars for a patent, but he showed him the door, because he is a patriot of his homeland. And so that the enemy did not steal his formula, he burned it and thereby buried the recipe for a substitute for gasoline.
Patriot Enricht was released. But a few years later, he again attempted to amaze the whole world with his new invention - a way to make gasoline from peat. And he even found investors to organize production. However, when it turned out that Louis had spent the money of investors in gambling establishments, they did not stand on ceremony with him. They were accused of fraud and were sent to Sing Sing prison for 7 years. True, he did not serve the entire term. For health reasons, he was released into the wild, where he soon and safely died at the age of 79. Taking the secret of your super focus with you to your grave.
They still wonder how his car drove on the water. There are many versions on this score. For example, this. Allegedly, Enricht used a mixture based on acetone and liquid acetylene as an additive. And he installed the gas pipe in such a way that it took fuel from the surface of the gas tank. This allowed his "Ford" to start and drive for several minutes, and along the way to shock everyone present.