The Penalty Of Fame

Saturday, December 13, 1902
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Decemberl3 1902 ELECTRICAL WORLD Ann ENGINEER. Von. XL, No. 24- The Penalty of Fame. The subjoined, from the New York Journal, is extraordi- nary, anyhow, and shows ho\v the "people" note what is taking place: Since Judge Warren W. Foster imposed a line of $100 on Nikola Tesla, the electrical inventor, for failing to obey a jury notice. the judge has received a number of eccentric let- ters from Mrs. Annie Thierstein, of No. 259 East Fifty-fourth Street. One, which he received recently, was registered to in~ sure its reaching t|\e Judge. It reads as follows: "I must remind again you, Mr. Judge, as to Nikola Tesla, the electrician. He used me as a living telephone for his revolving motion, already since four years, causing ruin to my existence and good reputa- tion. I lose all the parties for whom I do laundry work because the fine people of the West Side complain of the nuisance de- riving from the telephonograph. Tesla knows all about the dam- age done by him for four years. He must give compensation for it, and cannot deny charge as I have witnesses. I desire, Mr. Judge, you would call us both officially as soon as possible. I already sent you three times to assist me. I am not bound to take n\y own life for want of work and means. Tesla drives me to despair. He is an unscrupulous fellow. He, unconcerned, looks on at his living telephone as it wastes away in misery. I trust, judge, you \von’t forget calling Tesla to'task." Judge Foster says he does not know exactly what he will do with' this "human telephone," but declared his secretary would 'probably attend to the matter.