BY EDWIN C. HILL
Greatest Living American Inventor Working On
Invention of Death Ray, With Which He
Hopes to Be Able to Put a Stop to Wars
He is working now on an energy-transmitting device to project electrical waves to Lady Luna, waves of such potency and power that a tract of light as large, perhaps, as the state of Connecticut could be fixed momentarily upon the surface of the moon. If he lives long enough he will do it, and that's a fairly safe prediction, for Dr. Tesla has accomplished many marvels in his 82 years upon this earth.
Another dream of this truly great scientist is to perfect what we laymen might call a "Magic ray" which would protect ships from the mariner's greatest peril, fog, and bring them unfailingly to port. It might indeed--so far does his dream range out over the troubled field of human life--put an end to war. A magic ray so terrible, so powerful that raiding airplanes could not last one second above their designed victim of a city.
Nikola Tesla is an Austrian. He was only 28 years old when he came from the University of Praha to enter the laboratory of the great Edison. That was the beginning of an amazing career. For more than 50 years he has been a man of magic. Full-fledged from his amazing brain have come marvel after marvel. He gave us the induction motor which made possible alternating electric current. He gave us innu-
It was 30 years ago, on Pike's Peak, that he is sure he plucked from the air at that 14,000-foot height signals from the planet Mars. Mr. Tesla believes, as the late Prof. Lawrence Lowell believed, that there are living, humanlike creatures on our nearest neighbor in the family of planets, and much more intelligently advanced than we are. He thinks that they have been trying for many centuries to reach our dull intelligences.
Dr. Tesla will tell you--an you believe him--that it will summon a force, a weapon, which will be so irresistible that war will become
With Dr. Tesla still dreaming and planning with youthful enthusiasm, there is not such thing as old age. At 82 his imagination reaches out for new worlds to conquer, and visions the day when we can put in a call for Mars and get an answer.