LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 10, page 1 of 2)


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Chapter 10

H. Stanford White and Nikola Tesla proceed to a drafting table where Tesla holds up various blueprint views of the tower.

"We have to think BIG, Stanford!"

White examines the plans, then gazes out the window. "Now Nikky, this is already much larger than we planned and you need to build the receiver in England, too. You won't have the funds."

"Money is no problem. J. P. Morgan offered to back me up."

White is concerned. "I'm only cautioning you, hopeless as that may seem, but why this big change in plans?"

Tesla responds angrily, "Treachery, that's why! It's that parasite Marconi.. He has written articles condemning my apparatus and now I see he's illegally using my equipment." Tesla slaps a magazine article down. He points to a circled article "…Syntonic Wireless Telegraphy by Guglielmo Marconi. I first constructed an arrangement which includes what may be called a Tesla coil."

White is shocked, "My God you're right. Well, I hope he remembers to get royalties to you."

"Knowing him, I doubt it. Read on, there's worse."

White continuing "The idea of using a Tesla coil to produce oscillations is not new. It was tried in 1898, and suggested by a patent."

Tesla is furious, "Not new is right! The pinhead, THAT is my patent!"

White agrees with Tesla, "He's even advertising his piracy in print. It's incredible!"

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