Tesla Perfecting A War Engine

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Sunday, May 1, 1898
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lmlhm l wll ENGINE. Electrical Device to Dcstrdy thc Etxcluy's Flccts :ltld Armies. IS CONFlDENT UF SUCCESS. He \\'ilI`OTfer the Destroyillg Agency to the Govemnlent-Allotller Scientist Comments Favor- ubly on the Ixl\'clltor`s Schélue. nv NICOLA TESLA. nsrunuc sl‘t:cx.\r... New Ydrlc. April 30.-~I nm perfecting sn elootrlcol ontzlno or wsr which 1 urn about to orrer to the Government. It rs to exert such tt terrlhle torso ns to 'alsuhlo wut-shlns, and xrmm mst tmrrtrs' cm urrrn at grent olstnnrcs. 4 It thls dovlce uots its effectively on tt ntrge scnlo tts lt 'docs In my laboratory, tho results will bn lnottleululllt-_ when' nut lnto nnertttlon. lt Wlll tend to hrlng wur to u. speedy und by reason of lt: unllmltcd pow- er ot extermlnstlnn. rt ts the uppllcatlurt or tho prlnclpln or Oscillating wnvos lly. tlus menns _elrotrlesl currents of hlgh potentials tum bn sont out ln nll alreotlons, nntl ulmed ugttlnsptho vulnerable port of o. hostile urmy,or wor- _|hlp. Flvo years uno 1' Pllscovercd xhnt rlectt-lout vlsrstlons nrotluoeu by tt novel xlntl ot an- purstirsi vt-lush 1 hsve slnot rnnslllernhly ln-mnvetl. may bu nromtguteu through the éortlynntl through tho slrjnnu from other- lmentnl tlhtn 1 have rnlculzttc-d thnx suoltd vlbrallons out-the propelled n ulstnnonyttttnl to tho tllumotet-‘nr the eurth. To onset thls nn Qxiwendlture bt energy DQ Bhvlll 5‘3Ufh°'[email protected] power ls ru=etletl_ tulhuugh thls extlmntu mhy not be quite true, t\s'there href tt num-- ber ot uncertain tlunntlllrs lu tllo'ct\lculn- llon. 'I lntenllefl to uso thc nrlnulple prlmarlly forthe tmnsmlsslonor olsnitls nvor tn-»~nt | dlstsnoefh hut noon 1 snw thot nom-»Ehlnx ur greater lmpurtnncvi could be ueeompllsheu hy lrs use. 'rho oily wny to lnnure the ztctlon was to construqt npparatus dn nttvel lmrlnclplevst which wouul mnlte potlslblu the prutluutlon obwnns ul muh# hundrctl tlmes greater lntqnslty. I roresttw lon# ago thnt tlerplte tlto stren- uous efforts of the I-t-osltlt-nt tn mulntnlvt nouns. wnr would brenlt out. untl 1 have concentrated my 'onergles unon net-rcotlnk thesyjlsices sndt rsnserlne them unmetll- J lfetv ltvsllnble. - This. ln fsctula tho_only rritspnqvhy I have not. un to -thls time, orteretl my serv- ices as lrvolunteer, tvhleh I certnlnly would have dons under other elrrttmstnttrrs. ln thls respect, 1 muy soy, 1 hut-o nlrently iormétl tlellnllu plans. ~ St. Louis Republic May 1, 1838 Although the liulletl Sutton hnvn tnltrn energellc measures mnd_ ure tletermlnetl- to bring the dlmoulty to tispeouy tprmlnntlon. I fear that the -vur wlll bn vrvlonttt-f1.t11nf1 It villl become all the n\ore~lmDurtal1‘t to apply improved elebtrlcal meuures and eonlrli/nnees. DY PHOF. BERVKS, E(`I\'lNTIST. The grent nn.vnl"\\'t\l' bohvenn' thel Unltef Btntel nnd'Slmln. whleh bhlo fnlt' to mnkt? the class or the Nlhotoenllt Century tsl-over rnemnrrlble, rmny. it Mr. Nlcollt Tesltt ls' lbln td Ylllflll his promlsu ns stated above, also xnnrk fm: greatest lttlvtutce-ln~tlle-tuzt lxhd |\t‘|t‘hC|! Df dfnlrtlcllfln [lint wut' hu; over known. For severnl yt-nrs_u'A\v" the ,ptthlltthss tween rnmlltnr u-un the met tlntt _§I¥‘._TeshI. hu: bltcn “No l0_p1‘aduce D); -means or nn lnstrurnt-nt Enlletl tho elcc~ trlciL osclllntor u vllmatnry force cnpuble oftrltuslnz llrllllnnt lllzhts to burst forth ln tho center or trroorn without mulerlnl con- nection wltlt.nn¥ electrical lnstrumont,-nnd electro-mllsnetlc Dhcncmenli' to nianlfcst !hn\‘lll¢\VUl,1‘l! Ar Kfrhl .dls\n.hCo"Il‘Ul'h (hc Qosolllntor one wltho\1t1:ttn1\gctlon with It -by Wlro or_othcrwlse.' ' _ More recently great' nttcntlun' has been aroused hy the ex`perlments.bf l\lr,‘,'rp5l»i; or Senor »lnroonl,»nn ltollun; or lun \v. .l. Clarke of thl: -ally. and oth~:'r1, ln the trnnsrnlstslon oftelexravhlc tllslmtclles wlul- put -wires. Dispatches or this” lclllvl have been scut`trom-a'tllst'nnee,nt no|._1e'ss than 12 mllcs. 'rho lpracllcul prlnclnle until-ttytng nllrof those 'surprlslng esnerint--nts la ,that whleh ls-now§ln\¢oltotl by otr..'retlo ln thu invention qt nn instrument ot war unite ns potent and vtzonljertul nj-some of the du- 'vloos whleh I-invn recently been suggested ln' ltorlrs of ~mlmlc warfare. But up to tho l 4 outbreak fo! tho 'prcsent hoslllltlcs' wlllr V Spgln. ho one -had l\!lD€l;‘ellK\y tllnulht' of turnlrig thls. trementltms an-.l mysterlous power to other than ylenceful uses. , 'rhero seems gncatl runsbn tq hqpgfthat out-ly ln thc eomlng eentut~y'll nliglzt bs- eoms poéslblo to no .twny entirely wlth cumbersome telegraph- wlres -und thot hquscs und clay streets nhu squurcs mutht be nllétfwlth ltrtlhélul tLt$llgl_\t'wlthout the ata or t-he fhbertrte tnfosrfsuo nt ftosens emDl0§‘L‘d. _Almost at-or;-body fttmlllur wlth the tut- perlments golng'on ln_tt{e laboratories of Nr. Tesla un,q»¢t!t;;,ln'thls ony tln~ com. tngwo--lé tlu~pi1l~Tl§ wul htu-s nn upper; tunlty gn :1ce"t\m snvllt~=tllon_or tns |},_ vlslhlo elwttlrnl oselllutlons tn the nrlug of cannon huh -thc blowing up lu( modt-\s orshlps. This ls wlrelcss~ tolegrunhy _ln .,.'| new form. _ _ 1 , 'rho ,lnvlslhls wuves' or electricity, radlut- lng from tltélr source, curry; not lntorms- tlon. but destruction. ,xt _Wlll only t»e~no¢l ggsnry, nccordln_l;1o the \>¢llt~_t,_ot tho In. veuthrs. to lrfcrzatso -the power untlmrnngs ol the oscillations In ordt-rthnr what ls dune Wlth tor venlela-Ili lhegttihlbltrtln hull muy be nccumpllshed vglth netuttl ships ol’ vu lnudlun' the harbor of New York or] mot inline open us.; -' - On nceount of thu lnt_g;tvte‘»ntlt~re|!"\1‘Yllull ur. 'turn artist-ntton. to annum ‘ut smut-’ qn,_lt .-'lmportsnt to polht uut how rin nts uppllestlun ur lhs olrstrleul odclllntdr In an u an lnitnlmcnt ot war. has nes;-_ uéguy progreuef. utdwrhltt rt~m;zlt\u';C»:t tohodqnex !Tt1m;l~Qf.\unXxl.n1nn un §H'-sson._or'rrous l__l!llD or- war. lt_l| _pans h nunmrth, trmwut thu sw ot' _ _ ,. 1 w`lres; Qlt't~tt~lc:tl osclllatlqns ln wldenlng .elrelcs. llko waves ln water. to an _ofiecllvo ulstonot- or seyorilmlles. Anywhere vvthi lu thc rndlus of fsuehqvliyes. an slsottlo. stiltrk can bsproduccq \qy_mcuns'ot lt prop- er lnstrurtrent or tfgcclver, `|§ut s.nfensmS"i; vl-hrshlp cttnnot bo expected to oontaln such lt 3-eoslvtr_ und rmrtleulnrly not ln such n nosltlon that nfsparlg' from lt could redch the ¢:hln's powder. - Tllofnrbblém remttlnlng tovbs solved ls ,mv-tg ,mnurf elrctrlf' sparks wlnun fhs rnalus of lnlluonce or the osélnutory waves wltflnut the eslsténco ot s tronsrormlng ln- strumt~nl_n\r the rccelvlnst qnd. Both Mr. 'l‘e:ll:l unfl ur. Clnrk. who huvs -worlteu lndependetttly, ttQhn._thls rnntter, assert thelr Pelle( .lhnt lt will bu snossltllo to produce such shut-ks. Not' only so. but 'these gen- -tlemen Sltvul( A‘P1.hB fprdhlehl Jn |Lmnnh¢!" ' which glvet-1 reftron to hone that thu, solu- llon Wt!! nbi be lnng deferrcll, _ ' * It may ti-en be posslhlc to Locus the os- rtllgqlnns on_n Datrllculur shln. _Ln that ease tllr-rlnnfghgjnr<»s;»lotllnt:_our own mlnos und rtlugatzlnes ln the nvlrllborhootl would be rllmlnut-"lj tsupnotlug thls tho sltttutlnfl he nn ent~ttty’s‘1loet l§4net°n_|\pul'ln\1dl|n|z lhu mom *elvrctrlc onclllufnhg linitl rwtihlt-ln_§nlvad, then nttalrs wlll he as !olluws:_ hztrbor. _One or ’pluccd ln lt ettmmnnolngmomlon bn :tona- lltndn ot- on nnchnrcu-shlpet of war, tire pre- lmroll rot- llu-lr detully work, _ _The enetnyhnuroachés wllh llttgs tlylnr. rlnurtwl gn- ut-tlon, consolous or bverlwower- ;lm:inttmht-ts ln hln favor, t-o'nn 'rhry Lum rronnrt--1' fur lmstllu shuts, -nnuf l exveqt them. but rtonu' crimes. The url-:tt Rliutlt-rles nl’ Srtndytllook urs sllunl. There Lum Uuwliu 1-wanna. assume norm-» ui tha lklndbltv. ‘Tug-Ysnkes plan are llruld to sheath r I. l |liy's the qdmh-ul 'ot the Siiimlsh Squadron; f'lh¢§ mere Alghl at n Bphfllrtrd hi; *frflfled thorn. In twofhours, untlemeh or Shslnt tt£;"k'ren¢»¢GLtY or tho New Worltlfwlll be ours." ‘ - . But' at this rnoniant. unknown And lnvls- lbli to tho,Bl;mnlsh commander uid' Eli men: Mr, 'rests hes touched nn. eloetrlo button. Llkuwiao lnvlllbll, but ~1\'|th thu spcnldwfrllght, electrlc osclllntlonsue¥Danti ovontho bny,_yJnnotleed theypeuetra-to thg steel sides or-gnu of the Bpnnlsh uhm* qua mtle hluo snotlts plny through _lts msg-_ nzlnes. ' nuns: lsootnl nsngl The ‘rent steel hull leuips, bursts una lssosttetoo :tu-'una mas on .tho tout-n¢h¢uten wntsrs. ` . , Thg Spanish cpmmllnder does not under- stand what hai-hnDx>encd._He believe: the magazlnes of tha ship hlwe blown up df their lawn accord. Perhsiyn hh‘re`t:ntl| the tnsultlng wot-as ofthe Spnnlnh "ronot-t1'_ on .the lslowmg up of the~hlulne, 'and wander! 'Whether them hus not hson some wureless- néssfon A Snunllh warshlp. » Antl now suatlonly the :rent bnttsrlos ut thu Hook begln`to oben. The smoke rolls ovt-r_ Atlnntln .J-llghlnndsz tha__'plu-cling flushes ot the guns ire Vlslhle even\.ln the hro.~.tl._osyllght§ and thfthuhderlnl rever- twrxitlonitihskia the clty ml|bs'nwtty. \\'dH'vr»|th~g1\d Fort Hxmlltoi-l an alrluze. _ __ ' __ nuufthesé thlnél the Bpttnlards _,sro Dntedjan Thelrjgmorcd sldel nhi pro. _ bul- tureq und smnshed. but ltlll thelr vltltls--nrg notjtouchsd and ‘thulr great z\ut|.~;¢gyyQ_ ltetjcely lfrtho urs drtho tarts. ' _ .f ‘Three mllllun people llston' to'ths`h¢lllsn»_ ugruur Q- with _ hearts' 'heatlnr _ _at thelrl throats, ‘All work is abandoned. Houses nn_tl offlces are-deaurtsdz thu thronglmr mul. llttulmt ln tno`streetn at-It rrrniud with ex- oltvmrul, 'rlcklng te\e.rut~»t\ Instruments trnnsmlt overyylnstunt thu .uitesv now, of the n|tht'nn;rth.§'mrn nt tht; htiustln oosrus seem elcotrltlgd, sndyrlte nnd rub init turd .malta s.z,i1n'nmld :dm churn im‘]_i!m.\x.lr thmqnlopkeljl. __ Tl1e'_BpunL|h |hlp|~lre,stlll' ndvsuch-tx," __`Fort` nut. sq-yvthe bulletlns. _ . '-The forts seetn_unnhlo to slnlt thug," -"They -are neu-Ing' ths N!rt~uw|." "Thg osollltktorst whut ure the otelllntors dofni?" crled the mstlueuetl el-owtl. "Wlll they never' slnlt thorn? ‘VIII they 'néver blow thorn un?" Already stray shots are coming egress th, ssnuhllls und tnlllm; ut tho Dlxlsklrls or Brooklyn. ffho :onmento 'wlth >w}l|t;h Lhq usullatl cltl"hatl wttlltefh the attack ln,the mumlilltf when thn news of the nmirohch or the'-znemy's nset wus hesftl, ls rnpfdly tut-nlnz to atspult-. - » 'But tha, osellltttors tue hll right, Th]-r, hss t>eottut_tém|>orn1-y tllsnrrsingontent, nu; the troubls la ronltlly rt-tneuléth _untl pros. ently out through the lhlckunlng .lluttls smoke Y ltcul thosmlnvlslble undfulatlons, thrilling 'through the u|r,- tnuchlng the red und yellow emtlloms or Spain, lnsolentiy nsuntlng from the tntmlllt-tttls of tho shltm, but not alsturlllng aut-nt. 'ljht-y `hl»}o s denalles mlsnou. 'l'hrt.u»;h ‘lht~~-hulls they Denlttrute. and once m\>re‘llttle blue flames lllckeg among the tnngnzlnt-sr And now nm but one. hut half lt dozvu snnnlsh Wltrshlpg suddenly-_lt-un, ns_ the llnlne ,leopedj una, llltrllt-r, gb to \he>botl_um_ But theyhsvs .soho down In A lair tlnltt. 'rho pnttls lu over, . ‘ Thu spsnlshprmuuo huu been blowrulnto IDAKCC. “ ' _Buch ~ls the nlolurr ur what we should exxtect to behold protltlrd-thu`_ Invcntqrg whu.hivs thlsmwblem ln hnnd sts sms to oohm-o sghthst th¢y now eonnaentlylf,-x~, Dell. to ap. y <

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