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

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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!"

Tesla is getting firmer in his vision, "This tower has got to be much bigger. You must double the height."


"Yes, double. Don't you see? When our tower is complete, it will send not just more impulses to England, but light, pictures and power to Europe, and to the whole world!"

Tesla's gaze causes White to sit down at the table and begin immediately to alter the scale of the blueprints. White says, "I'd better tell them to stop building, but are you absolutely sure about this? Your costs can double as well."

Tesla responds, "With Morgan behind me, I have never been more sure of anything." They go outside. White speaks to the foreman who waves the workers to stop.

* * *

A year later the laboratory building is under construction. Tesla with a group of people are celebrating that the tower is finished. Tesla announces, "I've named the site Wardenclyffe and I envision employing 2,000 people at the World Broadcasting System."

The Mayor is pleased. He says, "We look forward to your success and will be intrigued watching the tower being completed."

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