A French Opinion Of Two American Inventors

Saturday, April 27, 1901
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512 THE LITERARY DIGEST Apf1127 1901 “Assuming that the above is a correct report of the interview, we think the head of the Creusot Iron Works has committed a grievous error in referring in the way he did to t\vo such men as Edison and 'I`esla. “’1`hnt Edison in not rx scientist cvcry one will ngree, but, on the other hand, he has given to the world invention after inven- tion of untold value, the Frenchmaifs statement to the contrary notwithstanding. He did more toward perfecting incandescent electric lighting than any otherinvestigator, invented the phono- graph and gave to the world the qnadruplex system of tele- grapliy, to say nothing of the three-wire system, the low-resist- ance dynamo, and innumerable other devices which have benefited the world to n greater or less extent. "As regards Nikola Tesla, the gentleman quoted states that he is no scientist, In this we beg to differ with him, for altho it must be acknowledged that Tesla has only given the world one important invention, he is such a deep scientist and looks so far into the future that he is a century before his time. In other words, some of ’1‘esla's ideas, \vhich are considered by the gen- eral public as visionary dreams, will be actual facts a hundred years hence. When, therefore. a foreigner undertakes to belittle in the language quoted above two such wellfknown investigators and inventors as Edison and Tesla, it may safely be attributed to a feeling of envy on his part.”

XXII. No 17] THE LITERARY DIGEST APYU27, 1901 511 A FRENCH OPINION OF TWO AMERICAN INVENTORS. T has recently been announced hy Thomas A. Edison that by means of his magnetic ore-separator he has been able to sep- arate hematite from xnagnetite, thus making it profitable to work enormous European ore deposits that do not pay with present methods and potentially blasting America’s supremacy in the manufacture of steel. A representative of 7`Ae_W'or!d (New York) recently interviewed Eugenie Schneider, head of the Creu- sot Iron \Vorks. the most important rail, locomotive, and gun factory in France, on this subject, and reports to his paper that Mr. Schneider and his chief mining engineer expressed them- selves skeptically regarding the new discovery. Mr. Schneider said : “What is the use of discussing Edison's advertising dreams? He has no special knowledge of metallurgy, and the problems he claims to have solved have engrossed scientists all over the world. "‘ Let Edison occasionally do whnt he claims he can do and then we will be willing to give him attention. But Edison's tactics, like Tesla’s, consist of finding what ditiiculty puzzles scientists and announcing that their o\vn genius is about to solve it. But when the time comes neither realizes his glowing promises. “ Let it he said once and for all that real scientists all over the world consider Edison and Tesla a pair of hunibugs. - “What has Edison discovered except the phonograph, which \\'as`a chance discovery and not the result of scientific perspi- cacity? Not electrical incandcscence, for that was really in- vented in Germany ; nor the biograph, which was discovered here by Lumiere, nor anything of real importance. “On the other hand, has Tesla destroyed the Spanish fleet, as promised, or telephoned across the ocean, or lighted houses with- out wires, or entered into communication with the planet Mars? “It,is a perfect wonder that the American public, with its quick sense of humor, has not long ago shamed these two cheeky pretenders into silence." The American technical weekly, If/ui:/»'h'1Z|/, which quotes the above interview, hus the following to say regarding it: