EXCERPT

                                              Colorado Springs—1893

           It was early morning when Nikola Tesla walked into his laboratory and marveled for a few
    moments at his creation.  In a few hours, he will prove to the world that he has developed a
    way to transmit electricity wirelessly over great distances in order to power homes and
    factories around the world.
           Located in the center of a huge domed cavern near Colorado Springs, two ten foot tall
    and six-foot in diameter units sat fifty yards apart.  Thirty feet off to the side, two monitoring
    stations sat surrounded on three sides by a twelve foot high glass wall impregnated with steel
    mesh and attached to grounding stakes driven deep into the earth.
           “Mr. Talbert, is everything ready for the test?”  Tesla asked as he walked around two of
    the huge coil devices inspecting every connection and joint in the massive units.  “Mr. Talbert,
    could you come here for a moment?”
           As Talbert approached Tesla, he saw him bent over scrutinizing something all the while
    talking to himself.
           “What did you find, Sir?”  Talbert asked seeing Tesla wiggling the wires to an electrical
    connector.
           “Mr. Talbert, this wire nut is not tight enough; if there are any loose connections, even a
    little, the electricity will arc and melt the connector.  If that were to happen…,”  Tesla started to
    say looking at the two units, “if that were to happen, we would all be killed in the massive
    electrical plasma field that would result.”
           “But, Sir, it looks and feels tight,” Talbert said refuting Tesla’s comment as he closely
    examined the connector wriggling the wire himself.
           “I’m sure if you were to use your wrench, you would be able to tighten it a little more.  I
    want every connector checked again, and when you’re finished, I want them re-checked once
    more.  We have to be absolutely positive there are no mistakes.”
           “Yes, Sir.  I’ll have my crew inspect everything.  You can count on me, Sir.”
           “I would like you to make the final inspection when they’re finished.  I’ll be in my office if
    you need me for anything.”
           Talbert quickly gathered his team together and began firing orders explaining what Tesla
    had found and what the consequences would be for failure.  
           “Jimmy, I want you and Peter to remove all the access plates while Renshu and I
    physically check every connection.  Bob, I want you to check everything on the outside—don’t
    just look at the connections, but physically check the junction.  We have to be sure.  If there
    are any mistakes, then we’re all dead men.  In that case, I would only hope and pray that they
    could find enough of our bodies to bury.”
           As the panels came off, both Talbert and Renshu began tightening the nuts finding most
    were tight, but could be tightened a little more as Tesla said would be the case..
           “If Mr. Tesla is correct, these connectors would have melted when the electricity began to
    arc and we would all be dead the moment we ran the test,” Renshu said as he tightened one
    more nut.
           “I’ve found that if Mr. Tesla says something, he’s almost always right.  Let’s just be glad
    he caught this before it was too late.”
           “I do hope he realizes that to check all these connections will set his test back at least
    two days,” Renshu said.
           Talbert looked at Renshu, shrugged his shoulders, and simply said, “He knows.  What’s
    more, you can count on him to recheck every connection himself making sure we did our job
    correctly.”

                                                               ***

           Three days later, Tesla and Talbert sat at a control console behind the one-inch thick
    plate glass   while checking the various gauges and their readouts.  Finally, after watching
    every gauge for a few moments and calculating the normal variation, Tesla sat back in his
    chair and sighed deeply.
           “Mr. Talbert, it appears as if we’re ready.  Everything is within my projected normals and
    holding,” Tesla said with satisfaction as he inched the dial controlling the power forward, stop
    by stop.
           Stopping briefly at one percent, both he and Talbert checked the readouts prior to
    continuing.  Once again satisfied that everything was within projected normals, he slowly
    increased power to five percent while once again checking the various gauges for any
    abnormalities.  Taking a deep breath and glancing at Talbert, Tesla increased the power until
    the gauges indicated ten percent.  Plasma immediately began arcing in every direction
    bringing the offensive smell of strong ozone.
           “Mr. Talbert, what is the temperature of the coils?”  Tesla asked with mounting concern.
           Talbert took a quick look at the readout on the dial and tapped the face with his finger a
    couple of times, and replied, “Temperature is 239.4 degrees centigrade, Sir—well within your
    specifications.”
           “O…k…,” Tesla said slowly.  “Mr. Talbert, let’s take it a little higher,” Tesla said as he
    began increasing the power to twenty five percent.  “How does everything look now on your
    end?”
           “Looks great, Sir.  Temperature has increased only ten degrees.”
           “Good.  Let’s increase it to fifty percent.”
           Slowly, Tesla increased the power to fifty percent while Talbert kept a sharp eye on the
    temperature gauge.  At fifty percent, the cavern was awash with tongues of plasma, arcing
    everywhere.  To Talbert’s way of thinking, it looked like something straight from hell.
    Both Tesla and Talbert’s hair stood straight out from their body and their skin felt as if a
    million ants were crawling over them.
           “Mr. Tesla, is this reaction normal?”  Talbert asked nervously as he watched the plasma
    arcs strike both the walls and the metal mesh protecting them from being incinerated.
           “There is no reason to worry, Mr. Talbert.  That steel mesh is attached to copper rods
    driven ten feet into the ground.”
           “I wish that would make me feel better,” Talbert answered.  “What is the percentage of
    voltage being transferred to the receiving coils?”
           Tesla looked at the dials and smiled.  “It looks like we are transmitting twenty-five
    percent.  We’re losing a lot because of the arcing.  We have to devise a method to reduce
    that loss.  Once we have solved that problem, our percentage should approach ninety.”
           “Just the fact that you have transmitted any electricity at all is a marvel in itself.  You must
    be proud of your accomplishment, Sir.”
           “Let’s not pat each other on the back yet.  I’m going to increase the power to seventy-five
    and see how much we can increase the transfer,” Tesla said as he slowly turned the dial until
    the meter registered seventy-five percent.”
           At seventy-five, plasma arcs made constant contact with the mesh forming an almost
    solid wall of flaming plasma turning the wire mesh a dull red from the intense generated heat.
           “What is the temperature now, Mr. Talbert?”  Tesla yelled above the extreme noise.
           “Two hundred and fifty seven degrees, Sir.”
           “Good.  Let’s go for full power now.”
           “But the wire mesh can’t take much more.  It’s already turning red,” Talbert yelled to be
    heard above the arcing sounds the plasma was making.
           “It’s alright.  Next time we’ll use a heavier gauge.  If it looks as if it can’t take any more,
    we’ll shut down, but we at least have to try,” Tesla yelled back.
           Satisfied with the way the readings were holding, Tesla went to full power.
           Instantly, the wire mesh and the sides of the cavern were awash with a solid sheet of
    blindingly bright electrical plasma.  Within seconds, the wire mesh turned white hot and began
    to melt and the intense heat cracked the glass plate in front of Talbert crumbling it into dust.  
    The electrical plasma, having no other place to go, struck Talbert the full length of his body
    instantly turning his clothing into a blazing infernal.  Flaming plasma erupted from every orifice
    while his body convulsed.  Suddenly, as Tesla watched in shock and dismay, Talbert’s body
    evaporated to a pile of dust in front of him.
           Unable to comprehend what was happening, shock and confusion flooded Tesla’s
    mind.          
           With the grounded wire mesh gone, the electrical plasma had no place to go except to
    the side of the lab and the second set of coils on the far side of the building.  Tesla watched
    the temperature gauge continue to rise and the coils started to turn cherry red with the
    intense heat.  Suddenly Tesla saw what should have been impossible—a strange blue field
    surrounding the two coils culminating in a violent flash of light.  Men, equipment—everything
    within a fifty-foot radius around the coils disappeared leaving no sign that they ever existed.  


                         
                       ISBN NUMBER    978-1497488397  

                           
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The Ghost Of Tesla's Folly