[D8342ZBK], Letter from Paul D Dyer to Samuel Insull, September 24th, 1883


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[D8342ZBK], Letter from Paul D Dyer to Samuel Insull, September 24th, 1883

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[written from Ravenna] Rcd your recent letters. Knew some of the maps sent were bad but thought it cheaper to enlarge them in NY than locally. Not yet have map of Akron but will do soon this afternoon b/c of the bad weather. This hotel is going to enlarged soon and they have invited Fairbanls to make an estimate on wiring the building for the Edison System . He submitted $800 as cost independent of fixtures This figure struck them as being too much. The maxim people people bid $300 to wire three floors. They talk as if they had fully determined to accept bid Maxim lamps and Storage batteries. He has read a scientific article on Storage Batteries they must have been materially improved. Ailes and Burns say that have looked into the storage battery and that it detrtiorates 5% per year and that it converts 9/10 of every unit of power into light. They are unwilling to convert on the subject but Dyer will use his power to convince them of their error. Akron is lit by two central towers by Brush lights, but unsatisfactorily.






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