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Bacheleti discursive' abouttKis levitat
ed railway, is' loathe to. speak of him
"I was bprn in.I?rjLnce... Orphaned
at 14 I' went" to 'Paris. Followed six
lean years. . I)es,perate," -Immigrated
to the United States. In:B6ston I be
came janitor of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.,' Always
eager to learn the "Techprofessors
were equally', willing tot'each me.
My only capital' was-the miscellan
eous electrical knowledge" picked up
as janitor of 'Vtechrifcal school. I
looked abbutforsom'ethiiig toinvent,
something,' of' general ' necessity
The-Creator-of the Idea.
greatly desired. The idea was: not far
to seek. Speed is;today the 'great dls
eratum. The,.worldwants always
more and3more;speed-aod4st willing
to pay f o,r it. -" -
electrical -appliance 'designed, for use
in asthma'-'cases, I' discovered that
certain electrical waves repelled cer
tain bloodcells,' while certain others
attracted them. . Tie conclusion was
obvious. - ,- -
"Why should Qt.'eSlecjfrje waves re
pel metal tb-'Siich an extent as to
forcalfup m'tie'air" andikeeplt there
by a force sufficient to counteract
the attraction of gravitation?
"I experimerit'ed further and found
that the waves woufddo this. Re
mained only the problem of propul
sion. Air resistance' is an enormous
factor where high speed is concerned.
Current sufficient to propel 300 miles
a minutevvvill cost about one cent for
every pound conveyed.
"In our understanding of electric
ity we areyet as little children. But
so much ,is sure. The levitated rail
way ha come to stay. .Passengers
may not fly' through .space for some
time to comer
"But the conveyance of mails and
merchandise at 300 'miles, an hour
ten hoursAfrom;London to New York
will soon revolutionize the com
merce and-the industry of-the world."
iW ' -MISTAKEN ,
EH "'I'" v
"What d'ye want" to order, sir?
Fm the. waiter.""
"Oh, -no, you're not I am! I've
been waitmgjiere an-hour already'
Scour tinware with dry flour. Ap
ply with a newspaper. Wash first in
hot soap- su'dq, s . . --