Charles Wondries

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Charles Sigmon Wondries (1857-1918) was an American wallpaper salesman, hotel proprietor, and miner[i] who claimed to have discovered the secret of perpetual motion through suction. Wondries sought to raise funds for the construction of enormously tall chimneys at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri (1904) and the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California (1915), which he hoped would be used to demonstrate his theory; however, neither of these plans came to fruition.

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  1. In Oct. 1905, Wondries acquired copper claims near Barstow, California — The Toga, Black Hawk, Black Hawk No. 2, and Copper Glance — and had some brief dealings with William E. "Death Valley" Scotty.