Letter: Mr. Tesla On The Future

Wednesday, May 1, 1912
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126 MODERN ELECTRICS Mayl9l2 MR. TESLA ON THE FUTURE On Tesla Day, at the Northwest Elec- tric Show. held at Minneapolis, Minn., March 16th to 23rd, Mr. Tesla sent, through Archbishop Ireland, the follow- ing message to the people of the Twin Cities and the Northwest: New York, N. Y., March 18, 1912. His Grace, The Most Reverend Archbishop Ireland: I bespeak your Grace's far-famed elo- quence in voicing sentiments and ideas to which I can give but feeble expression. May the exposition prove a success hehtdng the cities of magical growth, the courage and en- ergy of western enterprise, a credit to its organization, a lasting benefit to the com- munities and the world through its lessons and stimulating influence as a bewildering, unforgetable record of the triumphant prog- ress of the art. Great as are the past achievements, the future holds out more glori- ous promise. We are getting an insight into the essence of things; our means and meth- ods are being retined, a new and special- ized race is developing with knowledge deep and precise, with greater powers and keener perceptions. Mysterious as ever before, na- ture yields her precious secrets more readily and the spirit of man asserts its mastery over the physical universe, The day is not dis- tant when the very planet which gave him birth will tremble at the sound of his voice; he will make the sun his slave, harness the inexhaustible and terribly intense energy of microcosmic movement; cause atoms to com- bine in predetermined forms; he will draw the mighty ocean from its bed, transport it through t e air and create lakes and rivers at will; he will command the wild elements; he will push on and on from great to greater deeds until with his intelligence and force he-will reach out to spheres beyond the ter- restrial. I am your Grace's most obedient servant. - NIKOLA TESLA,