LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 3, page 2 of 5)


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Chapter 3

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In the City Square near the river, a parade and demonstration is underway to display a new pump which replaces the outdated bucket Brigade. The pump is man-made and operates by a team of men. Everyone in the city turns out for the event, which is followed by a trip to the riverfront for the pumping demonstration.

The order is given to start the pumping operation that will send a stream of water shooting skyward from the nozzle.

"Start pumping", shouts the Captain.

The men line up on both sides of the pump and are waving the hose up and down. When lowering the bars for the water to shoot through, not a drop comes out. A hush falls over the crowd in anticipation. The officials feverishly make adjustments, and after each attempt the same disappointing results.

Nikola is trying to see what is going on from the closest possible vantage point.

"Shoo," said the official, "we need room".

"I know what to do, Mister," says Nikola. "You keep pumping." He peels off his clothes quickly, dashes to the river and dives in the water. He swims to the suction hose and finds a kink, straightens it out so the water can rush through the line.

The men on the shore are unprepared and the water gushes on the officials and part of the crowd. Everyone cheers. Nikola emerges from the water half dressed; he is placed on the shoulders of a couple of firemen to lead the procession around town. Nikola is the Hero of the Day.

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