Editorial: Tesla's Peace Manifesto

Wednesday, November 16, 1898
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Iectrical lReview s in nwnueu. vnu.: in fn: mmm n-nm) TIMES BUILDING. 41 PARK ROW. aol nu. NEW YORK. IEW YORK. NOVEMBER I6. I898. ELECTRICAL REVIEW Tl1ISLA'S PEACE LIAIVIFIZSTO. We conclude in this issue the full text of the specifications of the patent issued to Nikola Tesla last week, and which excited such unusually wide- spread interest, more especially in military circles. Although Tesla cou- templates in the description of his marvelous invention chieliy its uses in peace, its tremendous importance in regard to its powers in warfare did not escape the keen perceptions of our alert army and navy officials. We think that the numerous press comments did not really bring out with sutlicient clearness the revolutionary features of the invention, particularly in regard tothe furtherance of the noble cause which the Czar of Russia voices in his stirring peace manifesto. Naturally our heroes are keenly disap- pointed at the prospect of having no wars, but the every-day citizen will hail with joy the success of 'l`eslu`s humane o1Torts. The ability to control with precis- ion, from a.distance of a score of miles the movements of a vessel with no soul on hoard-to call any of its numerous appliances into play. at any desired moment -would of itself be it stupendous achievement. But when this vessel in addition has the power of distinguishing with almost human intelligence thc orders which it receives from afar, though silent and invisible-obeying only Lhosc for which the builder designed it, and remaining unresponsive to all others- the imagination staggers when fol- lowing the immediate consequences of such an unheard - of result. Inventions of a startling character have been made before. but most of them have been the result of gradual development. Here the inventor has given us an entirely new and wonder- ful art. There is something appall- ing, awe-inspiring in 'l`es‘a’s inven- tion.