Letter: His Friends To Mr. Tesla

Thursday, November 24, 1898
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514 THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. [Vol. XXVI. No. 551. T H E E LECTRICAL ENGINEER llncoitromi-r:1>.] PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY. 120 LIBERTY STREET, NEW YORK. Telephone; |313 cm:-nat. cnne Addrellz LENGINEER. T. connuma Mama nw Jam" wmtu, Easter; - Max |.;.¢wi»mnt. Ame. Editor. A. C.- S1-uw, Secy. and Business Manager. Cmcnoo Orncx, 7m Fisher Building. P»u\.»\na1.1>n|». Ovrlcx. - - ~ < - ' nm Beu. Building. Terms of Subscription. united sims. Canada ma mares. »---- per yw, saoo Pour of more Copies in Clubs (eacht, » ---- “ 2.50 Great Britain ma other Foreign Cmnnfies within the Postal Union, “ 5.00 Single Copiel. "'-- ---- ‘ ‘ .10 1B»-:ma .1 uma-¢1an mmf 1-.1 ru rv.” vm ran ops", Amr Q, rm] viii. XXVI. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 24, isps. No. 551. Mr. Tesla to His Friends. New York, Nov. 18, 1898. 46 and 48 East Houston St. Editor of The Electrical Engineer, 120 Liberty St., New York City. Sir-By publishing in your columns of Nov, I7 my recent contribution to tl1e Electro-Therapeutic Society you have finally succeeded-after many vain attempts made during a number of years-in causing me a serious injury. It l\as cost me great pains to write that paper, and I have expected to see it appear among otl1er dignified contributions of its kind, and, I confess, the wound is deep. But you will have no opportunity for in- flicting a similar one, as I propose to take better care of n\y papers in the future. In what manner you have secured this one in advance oi other electrical periodicals who had an equal right to the same, rests witl1 the secretary of the society to ex- plain. Your editorial cnmnicnt would not concern me in the least, were it not my duty to take note of it. On 11\ore than one oc- casion you l1ave offended me, but in my qualities both as Chris- tia11 and philosopher I have always forgiven you and only pitied you for your errors. This time, though, your offence is graver tha11 the previous ones, for you have dared to cast a shadow on my honor. No doubt you must have in your possession, from the illus~ trions inen wliom you quote, tangihle proofs i1\ support of your statement reflecting on n\y l\o11esty. Being a bearer of great honors from a number of American universities, it is my duty, in view of the slur thus cast upon them, to exact from you that in your next issue you produce these, together with this letter, which in-justice to myself, I am forwarding to other electrical journals. In the absence of such proofs, which would put me in tl1c position to seek redress elsewhere, I require that, together with the preceding, you publish instead a complete and humble apology for your insulting remark which reflects on me as well as o1\ those who honor me. ‘ O11 this condition I will again forgive you; hut‘I would ad» vise you to limit yourself in your future attacks to statements for wl1icl1 you are 11ot liable to be punished by law. N. TESLA. His Friends to Mr. Tesla. ONE of the foremost electrical inventors of this country, whose name is known around the world, has- been- kind enough to say that The Electrical Engineer made Mr. Tesla, This is an attribution that we naturally put aside, for it is a n1an's own work that makes or unmakes l\i1n, but we do plead guilty to the fact that for these ten years past we have done whatever mortals could do to bring Mr. Tesla forward and se- cure for him the recognition that was duly his, Not only in the columns of this and other journals, but in magazines and books we have striven with all the ability we possessed to explain Mr. Tesla's itlcas. The record is before all men. If there is a line or a word in it that seeks to do Mr. Tesla “serious injury," wc dclnand its production by him. The man, whoever he be, who says we have ever in word or deed or thought tried to do Mr. Tesla any sort of injury, lies. Within tl1e last year or two Mr. Tesla has, it seems to us, gone far beyond the possible in the ideas he l1as p\1t forth, and he has to-day behind him a long trail of beautiful but unfinished inven- tions. By mild criticism and milder banter, not being able to lend Mr. Tesla the cordial support of earlier years of real acliievcment, we have only very lately endeavored to express our doubts and to urge hi1n to the completion of some o11e of the many desirable or novel things promised. We believe this to he true friendship. For example, take Mr. Tesla’s latest and furthest enlargement of his newest idea, as presented by him in a signed letter in the New York "Sun," of Nov. 21, unfolding his plan to dis- pense with artillery of the present type. At this moment we have space only for the following passage: ` “We shall be able, availing ourselves of this advance, T0 SEND A PROJECTILE, at much greater distance, IT WILL NOT BE LIMITED IN ANY WAY BY WEIGHT or amount of explosive charge, we shall be able to suhmerge it at Command, TO ARREST IT IN ITS FLIGHT AND CALL IT BACK, and to send it out again and explode it at will, and, more than this, IT WILL NEVER MAKE A MISS." When we are expected, wide awake and in our sober senses, to accept in silence such an utterance as tl\at quoted above or that which describes as "a possibility” the operation of a dis< tant torpedo boat by the mere exercise of the will, we refuse point blank and we are willing to face the consequences. Our past admiration of Mr, Tesla's real, tangible work is on record, and stands; but we draw the line at such things as these. We are sorry Mr. Tesla feels it so keenly, but we cannot help it. Now, as to the specific points raised in the above letter, which Mr, Tesla certainly \vould not have written had he been well ad~ vised. As to the manner in which we came to print Mr. Tesla's paper, the two letters herewith speak for themselves. The American Electro-Therapeutic Association. Dr. Charles R. Dickson, Ex