LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 1, page 2 of 3)


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Chapter 1

"Nikola", says his mother, "we must look for ways of making this work better. It's a challenge and there's much enjoyment left in this."

Nikola looks at her with fascination while she tinkers, then she smiles and hands him the toy. His eyes light up as he jumps off his chair and kisses her.

Nikola turns to Dane, "Come on, let's go outside and play with this now." Dane follows Nikola out of the kitchen. Mrs. Tesla puts away the few tools, walks to the window and watches the boys running outside playing with their newly repaired toy.

Their farm has a horse, cows and geese as well as a family cat, Macak. It was nestled near a wooded area giving the children many opportunities to enjoy the surroundings.

Nikola often tries to ride the cow; the goose loves to chase the children and Macak is Nikola's favorite.

Nearby there is a stream with a waterwheel. Nikola gets an idea. He catches some mosquitoes and put a sticky substance on them and pastes them to the waterwheel. As they flap their wings trying to escape, the waterwheel starts to turn. It is a wonderful experiment and Nikola got so excited with his success.

A few days later Niko (as the family called him) and Dane are attempting to catch frogs. They're playfully swimming and enjoying the challenge the frogs offer. "Come on, Dane. Let's go look at the waterwheel." Both boys are laughing and they wander downstream to a smooth waterwheel.

Dane turns to Nikola, "This is creating energy for the farm over there." Nikola asks, "What happens when the creek freezes over?"

"Gee, I don't know, Niko, we'll have to find out."

Even though there was seven years difference in their ages, they loved spending the days together.

Always adventurous, the children were trusted to venture into the woods and knew where there were ponds with frogs and old farmhouses. They were familiar with the noises of the woods and learned to detect if animals were close by.

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It is evening and the children are sitting on the floor by a roaring fire in the fireplace. Rev. Tesla is reading passages from the Bible.

Psalm 47, 4th Verse

His lightning enlightened the world,

The earth saw and trembled.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the Lord of the World.

Rev. Tesla mastered English, French, German and Italian and encouraged his children to learn other languages.

Djourka reads a poem,"Who Has Seen the Wind?"

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