This file may be freely redistributed as long as the original wording is not modified. My Inventions. Nikola Tesla's Autobiography. At the age of 63 Tesla tells the. 4 Warning and Disclaimer This digital book is for anyone who wants to understand how electricity NikolaTeslaSecret Nikola Tesla - Free-Energy Devices. Foreword. Welcome to Nikola Tesla's autobiography My Inventions. Tesla was 63 years old when this text was first published in the Electrical Experimenter.

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This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country. Hugo Gernsback, Editor of The Electrical Experimenter sat down with Nikola Tesla, probably in December of , and asked him if he would. My Inventions - The Autobiography of Nikola - Download as PDF File . pdf), Text File .txt) or read online.

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For example, "rnania" r-n-ania has been corrected to "mania". If you like the features I've added, please let other people know about this website by posting a link to this page www. During another period I smoked excessively. Of all things I liked books the best. I know that you will get over it. The practical result of this was the art of telautomatics which has been so far carried out only in an imperfect manner. This work somehow awakened my dormant powers of will and I began to practise self-control.

After finishing the studies at the Polytechnic Institute and University I had a complete nervous breakdown and while the malady lasted I observed many phenomena strange and unbelievable.

I had noted that the appearance of images was always preceded by actual vision of scenes under peculiar and generally very exceptional conditions and I was impelled on each occasion to locate the original impulse. I have been since years planning self-controlled automata and believe that mechanisms can be produced which will act as if possest of reason. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop.

I would not touch the hair of other people except. These delicious beverages superexcite and gradually exhaust the fine fibers of the brain. But I obtained tallow. Long ago I suffered from heart trouble until I discovered that it was due to the innocent cup of coffee I consumed every morning.

Their intensity. I was swayed by superstitious belief and lived in constant dread of the spirit of evil. On my return to the city that night I felt a positive sensation that my brain had caught fire. I counted the steps in my walks and calculated the cubical contents of soup plates.

Even now I am not insensible to some of these upsetting impulses. My wishes were of consuming force and like the heads of the hydra. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should.

When a second invitation was extended to me my answer was an emphatic NO! These luminous phenomena still manifest themselves from time to time. My feelings came in waves and surges and vibrated unceasingly between extremes. When I close my eyes I invariably observe first.

A drastic. She understood the character of men and knew that one's salvation could only be brought about thru his own efforts. They also interfere seriously with arterial circulation and should be enjoyed all the more sparingly as their deleterious effects are slow and imperceptible.

It is curious that I cannot project a form into this grey until the second phase is reached. I would say to him. All repeated acts or operations I performed had to be divisible by three and if I mist I felt impelled to do it all over again. When I see them I know that I am about to lose consciousness. When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no fault anywhere.

He hid the candles when he found that I was reading in secret. I had been long confined to the factory and the fresh air had a wonderfully invigorating effect on me. Not only this but all my actions were prompted in a similar way.

During that period I contracted many strange likes. This picture moves slowly across the field of vision and in about ten seconds vanishes to the left. The sooner you lose all we possess the better it will be. I had neither courage or strength to form a firm resolve.

Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves. At first my resolutions faded like snow in April.

While in Paris. At a certain age I contracted a mania for gambling which greatly worried my parents. In twenty years there has not been a single exception.

The pressure of occupation and the incessant stream of impressions pouring into our consciousness thru all the gateways of knowledge make modern existence hazardous in many ways. To what an extent imagination played a part in my early life I may illustrate by another odd experience. They were. I not only vanquished but tore it from my heart so as not to leave even a trace of desire.

On one occasion I came across a novel entitled "Abafi" the Son of Aba. The sight of a pearl would almost give me a fit but I was fascinated with the glitter of crystals or objects with sharp edges and plane surfaces. After a while this effort grew to be almost automatic and I gained great facility in connecting cause and effect.

If they are absent and refuse to come it means a sleepless night. And what is true of an individual also applies. Ever since that time I have been as indifferent to any form of gambling as to picking teeth. In the course of time it became perfectly evident to me that I was merely an automaton endowed with power of movement. I was opprest by thoughts of pain in life and death and religious fear.

My father led an exemplary life and could not excuse the senseless waste of time and money in which I indulged. I discontinued at once. Like most children I was fond of jumping and developed an intense desire to support myself in the air. Why should it be otherwise? I saw a light as tho a small sun was located in it and I past the whole night applying cold compressions to my tortured head. I hold. In some instances I have seen all the air around me filled with tongues of living flame.

Even among those who exercise care it is a common mistake to avoid imaginary. The incessant mental exertion developed my powers of observation and enabled me to discover a truth of great importance. My early affliction had. They usually occurred when I found myself in a dangerous or distressing situation. He did not permit it and would fly into a rage when he caught me in the act. Its latent possibilities will.

But it is indispensable to first relate the circumstances and conditions which preceded them and in which might be found their partial explanation.

Chewing gum is helpful for a short while but soon drains the glandular system and inflicts irreparable damage. I always sense a peculiar and awful taste in my mouth. From childhood I was compelled to concentrate attention upon myself.

Then my will asserted itself and I not only stopt but destroyed all inclination. At this juncture we moved to the little city of Gospic nearby.


I then cut a rod. Edward H. It was a bitter cold night. I somehow got hold of a piece of soft iron wire. That urchin ate May-bugs alive and enjoyed them as tho they were the finest blue-point oysters. If I had no other evidence that I was. I was left alone and deserted owing to a quarrel with this boy.

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Eager reformers should also be mindful of the eternal perversity of mankind which makes the indifferent "laissez-faire" by far preferable to enforced restraint. I swung thru degrees and landed on my hands. I wanted to scare some friends who were bathing with me. I quickly dived and forged ahead with rapid strokes until my breath was beginning to give out.

Swimming and diving came to me as naturally as to a duck and I was confident that I could perform the feat. This change of residence was like a calamity to me. I saw in a flash of light a familiar diagram illustrating the hydraulic principle that the pressure of a fluid in motion is proportionate to the area exposed.

Rising for the second time. Not a soul was in sight and my voice was lost in the roar of the fall. Shortly there after I went into the manufacture of a kind of pop-gun which comprised a hollow tube. More than this. That bathing season was spoiled for me thru recklessness but I soon forgot the lesson and only two years later I fell into a worse predicament. I tried the same thing again and again and the method proved infallible.

That's why. I managed to get over with the last ounce of my force and fell in a swoon when I reached the bank. Of course. I had never seen a real hook and pictured it as something wonderful. Moreover these were not of the formal kind but the genuine article.

One day I went alone to the river to enjoy myself as usual. I tried to get away but it was too late. I then took to carving swords from pieces of furniture which I could conveniently obtain. An inventor's endeavor is essentially lifesaving. Slowly and gradually I became exhausted and unable to withstand the strain longer. Suddenly my legs went up in the air. After that I made a number of unsuccessful dives. Abstinence was not always to my liking but I find ample reward in the agreeable experiences I am now making.

At that time I was under the sway of the Serbian national poetry and full of admiration for the feats of the heroes. Half a block behind me followed another man. Manager of the works. That is what I have been doing for many years. I am ambidextrous now but then I was lefthanded and had comparatively little strength in my right arm. When I was a short distance from the masonry. I resumed my walk as tho nothing had happened when the stranger caught up with me.

I made a third frantic attempt but the result was the same. In my next attempt I seem to have acted under the first instinctive impulse which later dominated me. On one occasion. I was entombed. He was the son of a retired officer in the Austrian Army.

Someone suggested guessing weights and I was induced to step on a scale. It almost broke my heart to part from our pigeons. But as I recall these incidents to my mind I feel convinced that my preservation was not altogether accidental. Accordingly I plunged into the water and.

Every boy could then do the same and the following summer brought disaster to the frogs. Interested people have often asked me how and when I began to invent. Whether he harnesses forces. I had torn virtually all the skin from my left side and it took several weeks before the fever subsided and I was well. At that moment. As if by magic the pressure was reduced and I found it comparatively easy in that position to resist the force of the stream.

I had to get away from the mill towards which my face was turned as the current there was much swifter and deeper. I undertook to take apart and assemble the clocks of my grandfather. Thinking that I was safely beyond the structure. I saved myself from being swept over by taking hold of the wall with both hands.

Several times I repeated this procedure as in a dream until my heart. It was a long and painful ordeal and I came near to failing at its very end for I was confronted with a depression in the masonry.

But the danger still confronted me. I had all this and more behind me before I was six years old and had past thru one year of elementary school in the village of Smiljan where I was born. Friends of mine often remark that my suits fit me like gloves but they do not know that all my clothing is made to measurements which were taken nearly 35 years ago and never changed. If I remember rightly.

That disgusting sight terminated my endeavors in this promising field and I have never since been able to touch a May-bug or any other insect for that matter. A short time ago I was returning to my hotel. Edison felt me all over and said: In the former I was anticipated but the latter was original. At first he collapsed but by and by his eyes bulged out and became bloodshot. After that. As a rule the height of the water was only two or three inches above the dam and to swim out to it was a sport not very dangerous in which I often indulged.

I did very well with that gun but my activities interfered with the window panes in our house and met with painful discouragement. But when I told him that I was past sixty he gasped in astonishment. The pressure against my chest was great and I was barely able to keep my head above the surface. He lookt at me incredulously as I read off with ease the smallest print at considerable distance.

When firing the gun. Stript I weighed lbs. I had hair-breadth escapes from mad dogs. I will frankly confess it took me longer than that to appreciate Johnson's joke. I whispered to Mr. This I can only answer from my present recollection in the light of which the first attempt I recall was rather ambitious for it involved the invention of an apparatus and a method.

One of my playmates had come into the possession of a hook and fishing tackle which created quite an excitement in the village. During this same period my weight has not varied one pound. In this connection I may tell a funny story. He is also better qualified than the average individual to protect himself in peril.

I did this thru the medium of May-bugs or June-bugs as they are called in America. I believe. I floated up. I used to spend hours in mowing down my enemies in the form of corn stalks which ruined the crops and netted me several spankings from my mother. It happened in this way. The bushes were black with them. My plan was to dive under a long floating structure and slip out quietly at the other end. Just in the hope of converting some to my precepts and convictions I will recall one or two.

I got into all sorts of difficulties. For a long time I kept my secret and enjoyed the monopoly but finally yielded to the spirit of Christmas. He was employed for a long time in a Chicago slaughter. Chauncey M. These are only two of many instances but they may be sufficient to show that had it not been for the inventor's instinct I would not have lived to tell this tale.

Now I was becoming desperate. I either discerned or guest that there was a little space between the surface of the water and the boards resting on the beams and. The torture of supprest breathing was getting unendurable. I past thru dreadful diseases and met with all kinds of odd mishaps and that I am hale and hearty today seems like a miracle.

Urged by necessity. But I could not catch any and was almost discouraged when it occurred to me to dangle the empty hook in front of a frog sitting on a stump. Immediately I pulled him up. One evening. I rose to the surface but to my dismay struck a beam.

For this reason I did not dare to turn on the other side to rest and nothing remained but to slowly push my body along the dam. I knew that sooner or later I would be carried down. I was horrified to observe that the water had risen and was carrying me along swiftly. When my comrades. The reader will be able to judge for himself if I mention one or two instances. The truth about this is that we need stimulants to do our best work under present living conditions. The air between the plugs was comprest and raised to high temperature and one of them was expelled with a loud report.

All went well until a strange boy came to the place. I experienced one of those flashes of light and the structure above me appeared before my vision. But it should not be overlooked that all these are great eliminators assisting Nature. There was a large flour mill with a dam across the river near the city where I was studying at that time. So it came that he brought my work to a sudden halt in a manner not too delicate and it took thirty years before I tackled another clockwork again.

In the former operation I was always successful but often failed in the latter. The art consisted in selecting a tube of the proper taper from the hollow stalks.

I was almost drowned a dozen times. In the same instant there was a flash in my brain. I would attach as many as four of them to a crosspiece. Twenty-five years later. I told him of the experience and was amazed to see that great man of laughter burst into tears. Occasionally the river would rise and drive an army of rats into the buildings. I thinned their ranks by all sorts of means. He gave me a gentle slap on the cheek.

I would go in the forest. My arrows. I made all kinds of other contrivances and contraptions but among these the arbalists I produced were the best. I never can forget the three years I past at their home. When I waded in the river and opened it up the water rushed forth and not a few Sunday clothes were spoiled. I had hardly completed my course at the Real Gymnasium when I was prostrated with a dangerous illness or rather.

How extraordinary was my life an incident may illustrate. My uncle had no use for this kind of pastime and more than once rebuked me. When all the speeches and ceremonies were concluded. Among these I recall a device in the shape of a freely rotatable bulb. They were the earlier works of Mark Twain and to them might have been due the miraculous recovery which followed.

I was delirious with joy. I longed for experiment and. The open side of the trough is closed by a partition so that the cylindrical segment within the enclosure divides the latter into two compartments entirely separated from each other by air-tight sliding joints. Thirty years later I saw my ideas carried out at Niagara and marveled at the unfathomable mystery of the mind.

I told my uncle that I would go to America and carry out this scheme. The fizzle was complete when I arrived at the scene. Imagine a cylinder freely rotatable on two bearings and partly surrounded by a rectangular trough which fits it perfectly.

The slices of ham cut by my aunt were like tissue paper. Among other things I attained the unique distinction of champion crow catcher in the country.

I had caught a fine pair of birds and was returning home with a friend. The pump incident. It took years before I understood that the atmospheric pressure acted at right angles to the surface of the cylinder and that the slight rotary effort I observed was due to a leak.

In this way I would capture as many as I desired. In our new house I was but a prisoner. Mechanical flight was the one thing I wanted to accomplish altho still under the discouraging recollection of a bad fall I sustained by jumping with an umbrella from the top of a building. I thought so. Had it not been for a few exceptionally stupid boys.

When the Colonel would put something substantial on my plate she would snatch it away and say excitedly to him: The fun lasted until all of a sudden I received a blow on the back of my head which knocked me down. In a few minutes they rose in pursuit and soon enveloped us. Niko is very delicate.

I was fascinated by a description of Niagara Falls I had perused. I was practically ostracised until something else happened which redeemed me in the estimation of the community.

My knowledge of the mechanism was nil and I knew next to nothing of air pressure. At last. Archimedes running naked thru the streets of Syracuse and shouting Eureka at the top of his voice did not make a greater impression than myself.

When we left the forest. The entire population turned out to witness the great spectacle. The demonstrations and experiments performed from time to time by the instructors fascinated me and were undoubtedly a powerful incentive to invention. Of course any boy might have hit a fish under these propitious conditions but I undertook a much more difficult task and I foretold to my uncle.

There was a wealthy lady in town. And now I will tell of one of my feats with this antique implement of war which will strain to the utmost the credulity of the reader. Usually I would get several answers and in a short while a crow would flutter down into the shrubbery near me.

There I meet with an accident. The professors and experts tried in vain to locate the trouble. I grew frantic in my desire to harness this inexhaustible energy but for a long time I was groping in the dark. Up to a certain degree of complexity it was absolutely the same to me whether I wrote the symbols on the board or conjured them before my mental vision.

A new fire engine was downloadd. Not long before I was entombed for a night in an old chapel on an inaccessible mountain which was visited only once a year.

Upon settling in the city I began a four-years' course in the so-called Normal School preparatory to my studies at the College or Real Gymnasium. A wooden model was constructed and fitted with infinite care and when I applied the pump on one side and actually observed that there was a tendency to turning.

One day I was handed a few volumes of new literature unlike anything I had ever read before and so captivating as to make me utterly forget my hopeless state. I was carried on the shoulders and was the hero of the day. I was practicing while walking with my uncle along the river. Tho this knowledge came gradually it gave me a painful shock.

One of these compartments being sealed and once for all exhausted.

I was compelled to release the two birds and was glad to join my friend who had taken refuge in a cave. The embarrassment and confusion that followed are indescribable. During all those years my parents never wavered in their resolve to make me embrace the clergy.

From that time on I made my daily aerial excursions in a vehicle of comfort and luxury as might have befitted King Solomon. I wanted to know more of this wonderful force. This was rather remarkable as most of the members of the family excelled in it. The land was low and marshy and malaria fever never left me while there despite of the enormous amounts of quinin I consumed.

But freehand drawing. Every day I used to transport myself thru the air to distant regions but could not understand just how I managed to do it. It tore off with a ripping noise which sounded like a salvo of musketry fired by raw recruits. One Sunday I had just finished ringing the bell in the belfry and rushed downstairs when this grand dame was sweeping out and I jumped on her train. During this period my boyish efforts and exploits. But my hardest trial came on Sunday when I had to dress up and attend the service.

This was due to my acquired facility of visualizing the figures and performing the operations. Then they attacked me viciously.

In the second year at that institution I became obsessed with the idea of producing continuous motion thru steady air pressure. I was fed like a canary bird. My method of procedure was extremely simple. The engine was. But on one occasion something occurred which made me respect them. Every impression produced a thousand echoes in my mind.

Perhaps my aversion was simply due to the predilection I found in undisturbed thought. I was to hurl a stone to meet the fish. In the schoolroom there were a few mechanical models which interested me and turned my attention to water turbines. My father was livid with rage. All the meals were of the highest quality and deliciously prepared but short in quantity by a thousand percent.

Thru the continuous tightening of the bows I developed skin on my stomach very much like that of a crocodile and I am often wondering whether it is due to this exercise that I am able even now to digest cobble stones! Nor can I pass in silence my performances with the sling which would have enabled me to give a stunning exhibit at the Hippodrome. An enterprising young merchant had organized a fire department. Clemens and we formed a friendship between us. I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics.

My bashfulness was such that I would rather have faced a roaring lion than one of the city dudes who strolled about. I was also passionately fond of mathematical studies and often won the professor's praise for rapid calculation.

I constructed many of these and found great pleasure in operating them. Other records. In the department of physics were various models of classical scientific apparatus. My uncle looked at me almost scared out of his wits and exclaimed "Vade retro Satanas! Now I had something concrete.

One afternoon the official trial was prepared for and the machine was transported to the river. She was a distinguished lady. After that all I needed to do was to throw a piece of cardboard to distract its attention. My studies were continued at the higher Real Gymnasium in Carlstadt. The sun was setting. It was an awful experience. It was a serious handicap as under the then existing educational regime. During this period I was permitted to read constantly.

No fortress in time of war was under a more rigid discipline. It was my second adventure in a church. These pests were to me a welcome diversion. It is impossible for me to convey an adequate idea of the intensity of feeling I experienced in witnessing his exhibitions of these mysterious phenomena. But I lived in an atmosphere of refinement and artistic taste quite unusual for those times and conditions.

It was no sooner said than done.

This scientist was the most brilliant lecturer to whom I ever listened. In the meantime they drank the infected water and died in heaps. In one of my inventions I proposed to convey letters and packages across the seas. In Budapest I could hear the ticking of a watch with three rooms between me and the time piece. The wave of the American telephone had just reached the European continent and the system was to be installed in Budapest. It was in that city that I made a decided advance.

He had enormous feet and hands like the paws of a bear. In the year following there was a sudden change in my views of life. Several times in my boyhood I saved the houses of our neighbors from fire by hearing the faint crackling sounds which did not disturb their sleep. While Prof. My pulse varied from a few to two hundred and sixty beats and all the tissues of the body quivered with twitchings and tremors which was perhaps the hardest to bear. The pumping plant.

A powerful desire to live and to continue the work. I had discovered that objects on the earth's surface. Only one trifling detail. I was pained to find a package of letters which the professors had written him to the effect that unless he took me away from the Institution I would be killed thru overwork. It was in the second year of my studies that we received a Gramme dynamo from Paris.

In the dark I had the sense of a bat and could detect the presence of an object at a distance of twelve feet by a peculiar creepy sensation on the forehead.

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Among these were Prof. I knew that I would perish if I failed. Poeschl was a methodical and thoroly grounded German. The roaring noises from near and far often produced the effect of spoken words which would have frightened me had I not been able to resolve them into their accidental components. On one occasion I started to read the works of Voltaire when I learned. We have. In attacking the problem again I almost regretted that the struggle was soon to end. For a time I wavered.

It is my eternal regret that I was not under the observation of experts in physiology and psychology at that time. Thereafter I devoted myself chiefly to physics.

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The limit of audition for my young assistants was scarcely more than miles. A carriage passing at a distance of a few miles fairly shook my whole body. I had made up my mind to give my parents a surprise. I contracted the awful disease on the very day of my arrival and altho surviving the crisis.

It would be equivalent to converting a steadily pulling force. It had to be done. I thought and planned. My sight and hearing were always extraordinary. A fly alighting on a table in the room would cause a dull thud in my ear.

From this results a great change in momentum which could be utilized in the simplest imaginable manner to furnish motive effort in any habitable region of the world.

Subsequent reflections. It is a perpetual motion scheme. Poeschl was making demonstrations. As most of my fellow students took thinks easily. I could choose my subjects as I liked. I cannot find words to describe my disappointment when later I realized that I was in the predicament of Archimedes.

Such is my case.

But a few days later I learned that the cholera was raging in that district and. The whistle of a locomotive twenty or thirty miles away made the bench or chair on which I sat vibrate so strongly that the pain was unbearable. I had to summon all my will power to pass under a bridge or other structure as I experienced a crushing pressure on the skull. My energy was completely exhausted and for the second time I found myself at death's door.

That almost killed my ambition. The sun's rays. They thought that the deadly agents were transmitted thru the air and filled it with pungent odors and smoke. But he declared that it could not be done and did me the honor of delivering a lecture on the subject. It appeared an ideal opportunity. I was enjoying a walk with my friend in the. I could clearly discern objects in the distance when others saw no trace of them.

My previous training was above the average. My father insisted that I spend a year in healthful physical outdoor exercises to which I reluctantly consented. Then again. Next I would visualize systems comprising motors and generators and operate them in various ways. When I undertook the task it was not with a resolve such as men often make.

Yet at that time I was. I went home for a short rest. The vision was clear enough but the knowledge of principles was very limited. I still see his pallid face as he tried to cheer me in tones belying his assurance. What I experienced during the period of that illness surpasses all belief. Then I would imagine an alternator and investigate the processes taking place in a similar manner. In one of the sinking spells which was thought to be the last.

I could hear very distinctly thunderclaps at a distance of miles. I clung desperately to life. All my remaining term in Gratz was passed in intense but fruitless efforts of this kind. It was connected up and various effects of the currents were shown. Can anyone believe that so hopeless a physical wreck could ever be transformed into a man of astonishing strength and tenacity. I returned to Gospic in disregard of my parents' wishes. To him I explained a flying machine I had conceived.

It was a strange request as he had been always strenuously opposed to this kind of sport. He took a special interest in my progress and would frequently remain for an hour or two in the lecture room. The plan was difficult of execution. My health returned and with it the vigor of mind. I had acquired the knowledge of a number of languages and waded thru the books of several libraries. At the termination of my vacation I was sent to the Polytechnic School in Gratz. Armed with their flattering certificates.

I had to support my bed on rubber cushions to get any rest at all. Back in the deep recesses of the brain was the solution. I had a veritable rnania for finishing whatever I began. The reader will smile. In In I went to Prague. I realized that my parents had been making too great sacrifices on my account and resolved to relieve them of the burden. Tesla may accomplish great things. The ground under my feet trembled continuously. Both Professors Rogner and Poeschl were curious men.

I will admit. I was confined to bed for nine months with scarcely any ability to move. That was the moment I had eagerly awaited and I began my studies under good auspices and firmly resolved to succeed. I assumed an arbitrary velocity of the water and. With me it was a sacred vow. I came to life like another Lazarus to the utter amazement of everybody. In the course of that year I past thru nine exams and the professors thought I deserved more than the highest qualifications.

It is incredible how absolutely ignorant people were as to the causes of this scourge which visited the country in intervals of from fifteen to twenty years. It was here that I suffered the complete breakdown of the nerves to which I have referred.

The former had peculiar ways of expressing himself and whenever he did so there was a riot. I started by first picturing in my mind a direct current machine.

The images I saw were to me perfectly real and tangible. Still another scheme. A heavy weight was lifted from my mind but the relief would have come too late had it not been for a marvelous cure brought about thru a bitter decoction of a peculiar bean.

For most of this term I roamed in the mountains. My ear was thus over thirteen times more sensitive. A renowned physician who gave me daily large doses of Bromide of Potassium pronounced my malady unique and incurable. I had so much energy to spare. Just as I was making ready for the long journey home I received word that my father wished me to go on a shooting expedition.

Now I felt that the battle was won. Another one of my projects was to construct a ring around the equator which would. Batchellor prest me to go to America with a view of redesigning the Edison machines. We started cleaning up and polishing early in the morning.

I soon won the interest of the Inspector-in-Chief and was thereafter employed on calculations. My friend urged me to return to Paris as soon as possible and seek support there.

The wiring was defective and on the occasion of the opening ceremonies a large part of a wall was blown out thru a short circuit right in the presence of old Emperor William I. It was.

The latter made several objections but ultimately agreed that the lamp should be placed two inches from the spot I had assigned. Foreman of the Mechanical Department. On account of my knowledge of the German language and past experience. There were three administrators whom I shall designate as A. It was a mental state of happiness about as complete as I have ever known in life. I put on my gloves and when Funke came with his retinue he was ceremoniously received.

He was sincerely devoted to me and put my project before several wealthy persons but. For several days after my arrival I roamed thru the streets in utter bewilderment of the new spectacle. When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire. It was an exquisite pleasure but not to compare with the delirium of joy following the first revelation. There I would have a woodchopper's breakfast at half-past seven o'clock and then eagerly await the lunch hour. One of the administrators had promised me a liberal compensation in case I succeeded.

When I called on A he told me that B had the say. Here I was thrown in contact with a few Americans who fairly fell in love with me because of my proficiency in billiards. Shortly after there was some trouble with the lighting plant which had been installed at the new railroad station in Strassburg. It was the exact spot which I had originally chosen. Just to give an idea of German thoroness and "efficiency.

Then the engineer became worried and told me that Inspector Averdeck should be notified. City Park and reciting poetry.

I had to accept a position as draftsman in the Central Telegraph Office of the Hungarian Government at a salary which I deem it my privilege not to disclose! I liquefied my modest assets. When Mr. An incandescent lamp of 16 c. Pygmalion seeing his statue come to life could not have been more deeply moved. It was several days before the Ober-Inspector was able to free himself of other pressing duties but at last he arrived and a two hour debate followed.

At that age I knew entire books by heart. The knowledge and practical experience I gained in the course of this work was most valuable and the employment gave me ample opportunities for the exercise of my inventive faculties. I would go from the Boulevard St. I may say. Everybody brushed up.

Estephe of and he came to the conclusion that he knew no worthier person than myself to consume that precious beverage.

B and C for convenience. Charles Batchellor. So it went day after day with variations. Among my new friends was the former Mayor of the city. In less than two months I evolved virtually all the types of motors and modifications of the system which are now identified with my name. After working for a while he concluded that the engineer had to be consulted and this was done. That important person called.

The consummation of the experiment was. Some of the incidents in that city have left an indelible record on my memory. I did not have the faintest conception of what that meant except that it was an American way of doing things.

Ideas came in an uninterrupted stream and the only difficulty I had was to hold them fast. I determined to try my fortunes in the Land of Golden Promise. Puskas asked me how I was getting along in the new sphere.

My success was complete and the delighted directors accorded me the privilege of developing automatic regulators which were much desired.

After several laps of this circulus vivios it dawned upon me that my reward was a castle in Spain. Hercules had plenty of time to deliberate but I had to decide while running alongside the train with opposite feelings surging in my brain like condenser oscillations.

One of these was Goethe's "Faust. On my return to Paris I submitted to one of the administrators of the Company. What to do was the question. The pieces of apparatus I conceived were to me absolutely real and tangible in every detail. My hopes that this was the final act were shattered when the Ober-Inspector returned and said to me: I made several improvements in the Central Station apparatus and perfected a telephone repeater or amplifier which was never patented or publicly described but would be creditable to me even today.

He wanted to help me in every possible way and the approach of the first of July.

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I never can forget the deep impression that magic city produced on my mind. In later life I used to say. The proposal seemed to me comical in the extreme. Bauzin had buried a good sized allotment of St. This gentleman thought that only C could decide and the latter was quite sure that A alone had the power to act. The utter failure of my attempts to raise capital for development was another disappointment and when Mr.

At that moment I discovered that my money and tickets were gone. But the chance was nearly mist. To these men I explained my invention and one of them. I described the situation accurately in the statement that "the last twenty-nine days of the month are the toughest! I was entrusted with the difficult task of straightening out matters and early in I went to Strassburg on that mission.

The Discovery of the Tesla Coil and Transformer For a while I gave myself up entirely to the intense enjoyment of picturing machines and devising new forms. Ein schoner Traum indessen sie entweicht.It is incredible how absolutely ignorant people were as to the causes of this scourge which visited the country in intervals of from fifteen to twenty years. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. This occurred long ago. This gentleman thought that only C could decide and the latter was quite sure that A alone had the power to act.

By darting around corners I fortunately managed. An incandescent lamp of 16 c. There are.