"Greatest Discovery Of The Age"

Thursday, November 24, 1898
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November 24, !8Q8.] T H E , E L E C T RIC I have to thank you very sincerely for the loan of the electro, and hope that it reached you in good condition. Wishing your esteemed journal continued and increasing suc- cess, very truly yours. CHARLES R. DICKSON. The American Electro-Therapeutic Association. Dr. Robert Newman, Chairman. 64 West 36th St. New York City, Oct. 20, I898l Messrs. Martin and I. Wetzler. Messrs, Editors-We have now the necessary vote for you publishing Tesla’s paper in The Electrical Engineer, you lend- ing us the cuts in prdper size for our transactions. The pages of our book are 7% by 5 inches-if our secretary is not dilatory, you willf receive the mss. and illustrationstat once. Will call soon. Yours most truly, ROBERT NEWMAN. These* show our relations with a deserving association and our eFforts to assist itswork. We may add as a- matter of fact, for which, if necessary, the proofs will be presented, that be- fore printing the paper, we sent Dr. Newman to technical pub- lishers, who refused to print the matter in book form because in their estimation, sufficient demand for it among tl\ere was not, scientific men. Failing this, we were undoubtedly glad to give it a place in our pages, as it struck us as good "copy." i also to direct attention to the dates of the Dickson letters, one Sept. 26 and the other Oct. 20. The Tesla paper was read on Sept., I5 and appeared in our columns Nov. 17. Does this gap of over two months- between reading and publication justify Mr. Tesla’s insinuation that__we took swift and mean advantage of him and of our contemporaries? Will anyone produce a letter to show that anyone'of our con- temporaries ever took the slightest interest in the Tesla paper or even asked for it? If such letters`exist, now is the time to produce them. The paper was given to The. Electrical Engineer because this journal takes a.deep interest in the advance of elec- tro-therapists and has a wide circulation among them, and ae- cording to unive1'sal_custom, the paper once read became the property of the association to deal with as it chose. That, with- out any particular effort, we should have secured a “scoop”- to use the slang of journalism-is nothing to be ashamed nf; we rather glory' in it, for whatever it is worth. . It will be noted that we placed freely at the disposal of the association a portrait block of Mr. Tesla which we value highly. We were anxiousphowever, to_do' him honor in' this way, and loaned the original.-f Since that time, we have loaned it, without charge, to Mr. Belford, of "Success," in whose November issue it appears by our courtesy; and we have within the past week placed it at the disposal of another publishing house. Perhaps these are the attempts to do him an injury about ,which Mr. Tesla has so unfortunately allowed himsélflto be persuaded. Now as to the very deprcciatory quotations from the distin- guished scientists, Profs; Braekett and Dolbear. The passage from Prof. Braekett appeared in the New York "Herald" of Nov. Q. That from' Prof. Dolbear appeared in the New York “Herald” of Nov. lo. They had not been contradicted or with- drawn when we called attention to them and objected to them. One of our electrical contemporaries last week quoted them both like ourselves, but said it was inclined to agree with Prof. Dol- bear. We now beg to call Mr. Tesla’s attention to the sub- joined rlispatches from both scientists, and would say that hav- ing already expressed dissent from the views of both Profs. Braekett and Dolbear, we do not 'see how it concerns us any further. V We venture and Newman (Press Telegram.) Princeton, N. I., Nov. 20, 1898. T. C. Martin, Editor of The Electrical Engineer, New York. Some of the language on. pages 490 and 491 of The Electrical Engineer of Nov. 17, purporting to.be quoted from me, is a fairly correct reproduction of what I said to a "Herald" reporter AL ENGINEER. 515 in reply to his question as to the probable practicability of Mr. 'l`esla’s device for the abolishing war already presented in the "Herald," a copy of.which he showed me. _ In the language which you quote, there is much confusion and inaccuracy, due tu the fact that the reporter took no notes of what I said, but trusted his memory. _' No subject other than that proposed, viz.: Is the proposed plan practicable, was discussed. C. F. BRACKETT, ' North Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 21. The Electrical Engineer, New York. Letter received this morning. The "Herald" report was sul)- stantially accurate. I will write more to you presently. A. E. DOLBEAR. “Greatest Discovery of the Age.” Mr. H. W. Phillips, in the “Criterion” of Nov. 19, has an illus- trated interview with Mr. Tesla, whom he quotes as follows in regard to his use of the cohercr as a relay for steering dirigible torpedoes: “I think that it is the greatest discovery of the age. There is something artisticfan appeal to the imagination-in it that the telephone, phonograpli and other fine inventions luck.” In reply to an inquiry as to his ability to operatic the coherer by an effort of the will merely, Mr. Tesla said to Mr. Phillips: "I have no evidence to support it, but I have a perlect right to state it~understand me-as a possibility-no more." Mr. Tesla also remarked: “Had I nothing else to show for a liiework, this would put the laurels of everlasting fame on my head."