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Posted By: Rapparee
30-Dec-04 - 10:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: The WMD that is never mentioned
Subject: RE: BS: The WMD that is never mentioned
I refer you to the book Tesla: Man Out of Time by margaret Cheney (Laurel, 1981).

Tesla's missing papers are discussed in Chapter 29 (pp. 268 ff.).

Here's an excerpt about the "secret weapon" Tesla placed in the safe at the Hotel Governor Clinton in New York City; Dr. Trump was asked by the FBI and the Federal Government to examine Tesla's papers and effects after his death in 1943:

"Tesla had warned the management that this 'device' was a secret weapon," said Dr. Trump, "and it would detonate if opened by an unauthorized person. Upon opening the safe and indicating the package containing the secret weapon, the hotel manager and employees promptly left the scene." The federal agents who had come along also pulled back, the better to give hime the sole distinction of opening the parcel.

It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string....

He lifted the parcel onto a table and mustering his courage snipped the string with his pocket knife. He removed the wrapping. Instide was a handsome jpolished wooden chest bound with brass. It required a final effort of courage to raise the hinged lid.

Inside stood a multidecade resistance box of the type used for Wheatstone bridge resistance measurements -- a common standard item to be found in every electrical laboratory before the turn of the century!

Why had Tesla seen fit to terrify the staff and management of the hotel with the harmless object for so many years? Perhaps he had become so accustomed to haaving his hotel bills paid behind his back...that he was insulted when the Governor Clinton brashly demanded its $400.


However, at the end of the book (p. 309), the author states that she has learned that a "substantial" collection of Tesla material is classified in a US government library, a library to which access is restricted, at a "well-known defense research agency." Three libraries in the US, she says, have Tesla material: one is open to the the public, one is semi-restricted, and the last is restricted.

Much -- perhaps all? -- of the Tesla material was taken to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. The address given for the Museum is 51 Proleterskih Brigada, formerly Crown Street.

You may wish to consult J. T. Ratzlass and L. I. Anderson's Dr. Nikola Tesla Bibliography (Ragusan Press, 1979) -- it contains around 3,000 sources of writing by and about Tesla.