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ELECTRICITY TQ CURE ALL ILLS OF WORLD,
Orange, N. J., May 25. The future
uses of electricity that - will benefit
humanity mdst-vill be through its
A new source of electrical supply
will be direct Irom coal without need
of steam boilers.
These, are predictions of Thos. A.
Edison, whose inventive genius is re-
sponsible for the widespread applica
tion of electricity.
"Electricity has been the principal
factor in the enormous progress of
civilization in the last 35 years," Edi
son said. "But greater and more won
derful uses of it are held by the
"It must be possible to generate
j electricity direct from coal," he said.
"When that is accomplished we will
record a new epoch. It may come to
morrow. We are working on it now.
"Considerable is, being done to re
veal the medical functions of electric
ity," he continued, "but its possibili
ties in this 'direction are practically
"This research, work must be done
secretly, as the thousands of quacks
now applying electricity to humans
for all sorts of ills" seize on every ad
vance announcement from scientists
to advertise their claims.
"Till we know more about our
bodies it will be difficult to tell what
can be done with electricity- as a
"I once asked Du Bois Reymond,
psychologist, what makes my finger
move. It isn't heat, light, electricity,
( magnetism. What is it? Reymond
had studied it 30 years, but he
wouldn't answer me."
Edison now sleeps about five and
a half hours a night. For. years he
only slept four. Mrs. Edison, he ex
plained, doesn't perrhij: him to work
all night any more.
His daily diet does not exceed a
pound and a half of food. He smokes
cigars and- chews tobacco, but bam
He reads regularly 118 scientific
and trade periodicals and five daily
newspapers and keeps in intimate
touch with every form of human ac
tivity, including baseball, golf and the
"I read four Ijnes at once," he said.
"They should teach that kind of read
ing in the public schools."
Two of Edison'-s closest friends are
Henry Ford, auto maker, and John
"Ford's profit-sharing plan holds a
fine principle, if you have the money
to carry it out," he commented.
"I believe bis plan will have no bad '
effect on the industrial situation."