[D8907ACU], Letter from Saginaw Journal, D Z Curtiss to Thomas Alva Edison, November 26th, 1889

Item

Abstract

I desire to ask your attention to the enclosed clipping referring to a recent accident at Bay City. I am informed than the system used by this street Rwy company is Sprague's application of the Edison low tension distribution. If my interpretation of your article in the north American review is correct, your place the danger from the use of this current at minimum. The question I desire to ask is, do you think it possible that the current referred to in the clipping could be of the same nature as the one you mention as low tension in your article. I write you for information as two systems of electric [street] cars are now being introduced here and interest and injunctions are extremely numerous & I notice in your article a reference to failure of ordinary insulation to perform its functions after a few hours of service. At the [?] furniture factory in this city an insulated telephone wire by contact with an insulated Electric light wire, generated a current that burned all the instruments on the circuit and produced a sensation away local repairs who were questioned the potency of cotton insulation would be glad to know if Sprague is the Authorized low tension current. If so?] so how account for the Bay City accidnt.

Date

1889-11-26

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8907ACU

Folder Set

D8907

Title

[D8907ACU], Letter from Saginaw Journal, D Z Curtiss to Thomas Alva Edison, November 26th, 1889

Microfilm ID

125:668

Publisher

Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University