Those who wished the implementation of telephony for financial
gain, chose more controllable and less passionate individuals.
Neither Meucci, Gray, nor Reis fit this category of choice.
The Bell designs are obvious and direct copies of those long
previously made by Meucci. The dubious manner in which the
Bell patents were "handled and secured" speak more of
"financial sleight of hand" than true inventive genius. The
all too obvious manipulations behind the patent office desk
are revealed in the historically pale claim that Bell secured
his patent "15 minutes" before Gray applied for his caveat.
Today it is not doubted whether perpetrators of such an
arrogance would not go as far as to claim "15 years priority".
Lastly, this fraudulent action denied the years-previous
Caveat of Meucci, which "could never be found at all in the
patent records" during later trial proceedings. No mind.
Meucci is a legend. A name suffused by mysteries. The Meucci
caveat remains to this day on public record. All subsequent
telephone patents are invalid. Meucci bears legal first-right.
No lawyer today will decline this recorded truth.
All other court actions taken against Meucci toward the end of
his life was staged by both the corporate Telephone Companies
and the Court itself for the expressed purpose of securing the
communications monopoly. The complete and operational Meucci
Telephonic System, witnessed and used by countless visitors
and neighbors for equally numerous years before Bell, was well
documented in both Italian and local papers of the day.
To read the transcript of the Meucci court battle waged around
the now aged and infirm Meucci is to witness the fear which
large megaliths sustain. Though Meucci was not able to afford
the yearly renewal price of his caveat, his priority was
damaging, otherwise they would not have taken such measures to
examine him publicly. The Bell Company sought to minimize
Meucci's system by calling it nothing more than an elaborate
"string telephone" in court proceedings, exposing themselves
on several counts of fraud. Scientifically, this line of
defense was unfounded. The obviously slack lines made the
Meucci System incapable of conducting merely elastic
vibrations with such clarity and amplitude. Moreover, the
velvety rich tones received through these devices were far too
modified, clarified, and loud to be "mere mechanical
It was then hoped that the elderly gentleman would desist the
entire crude process and give up. Meucci was publicly and
ethnically labeled by leading journalists as "that old
Italian, that old...candlemaker". Meucci maintained his ground
to the consternation of the prosecuting attorney. Priority of
diagrams, witnesses, working models...nothing could satisfy
the predetermined judgment of the court.
To add insult to injury, Meucci's character was vilified in the
press. In numerous pro-corporate newspaper articles Meucci is
referred to as "a villain...a liar...an old fool".
Predetermined to satisfy the corporate megalith, a deliberate
and shameful court examination had as its aim the eradication
of Meucci and his claim of priority. This process would later
become the normal mode of business operation when destroying
competitive technologies. With no hope of financial reprise in
sight, Meucci ceased the excessive court fees. This was
precisely what the monopoly wished. The fact yet remains that
Meucci was first to invent the system.
Throughout the years, Meucci's name was not even mentioned in
the history of telephonics. Closer evaluation of this true
social phenomenon in "information control" reveals that
communications history sources were controlled and principally
provided in later years by Bell Labs to school text companies.
They would ensure that the otherwise complex story was
It is also obvious that Meucci and his countrymen were never
truly "embraced" by the American establishment until they took
deliberate action. To the very end of his life, Meucci simply
and elegantly maintained his serene statements in absolute
confidence of the truth which was his own. "The telephone,
which I invented and which I first made known...was stolen
The more important fact in these matters of intrigue is
recognizing that discovery itself is no respecter of persons
or indeed of nations. Discovery touches those who honor its
revelations. Discovery is an inspiring ray whose tracings are
never limited by laws, prejudices, unbelief, nation, ethnic
group, or economic bracket.