LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 5, page 2 of 9)


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Chapter 5

He shuffles parts around, rechecks his dynamo, closes the switch, closes his eyes for a minute, looks up to the ceiling and instantly the armature turns, builds up to full speed in a flash and continues to operate in complete silence. He closes the reversing switch and the armature quickly stops and quickly starts turning in the opposite direction. Very excited, Tesla says to himself, "I've done it. I've done it! My theory is right."

Weeks later he returns to Paris. He enters Dr. Cunningham's office in an attempt to collect his promised increased compensation. "I'm over Production; I have no authority over your compensation. Check with the Accounting Department."

After being sent from one office to another, he returns to Dr. Cunningham's office. Tesla is angry. "I resign. I'm not renewing my offer to stay. I must move on."

Dr. Cunningham realizes how valuable Nikola is and asks, "Do you want to go to America to meet Mr. Edison to see if you can work together?"

Nikola's mood changes and he sees this as an opportunity. "Is this a job offer?"

"No, all I can do is write a Letter of Introduction."

Nikola nods his head yes and says, "Sure, I'll give it a try."

* * *

Nikola is at the train station. He is dressed with white gloves and a bowler hat, his usual red and black tie and a high button shirt. He can't find his baggage, his wallet containing his steamship ticket and his money is missing. He finds some coins in his pocket and runs alongside the train. He jumps on board.

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