LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 3, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 3

A year later the family moves to Gospic, a bustling town six miles west of Smiljan. Nikola, now seven, creates his first experiment in original methods of power production. He takes two thin slivers of wood, as thick as a toothpick and several times longer, glues them together in the form of a cross.

With a piece of string acting as a driving belt, he is slips it over a pulley that has the diameter of a pea and also around the circumference of a much larger but lighter pulley which is also mounted on a thin spindle.

The power for the machine is furnished by 16 June bugs; four each glued to each spindle of the windmill. As the bugs flap their wings, the windmill turns for hours.

Proud of his accomplishment, he checks the windmill and makes minor adjustments to see that it works smoothly.

A few nights later Nikola is suddenly awakened by the nightmare of Dane's death. A vivid picture of the scene is thrust before his eyes.

"Go away, I'm being tormented", screams Nikola. The vision shifts to the funeral. "I must think of something pleasant," he says in a quieter tone. He conjures up an image of playing with his cat when he was much younger and they are toying with each other. He starts laughing and the cat starts purring and brushing him. "Something pleasant. Always something pleasant." and the vision fades.

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