(In the late 1800’s, the battle between two competing electric technologies, AC and DC currents, turned brutal. For Thomas Edison, it was a life and death struggle. This is a fictionalized version of true events in history.)
July 30, 1888
Behind the curtain, Harold Brown checked the connections to the heavy metal plates.
He tugged. Wiggled. Pushed.
Good and strong. It should pass clean current.
He traced the wire back to the rocker switch where a screw clamped it down. He still wondered if the gauge was too thin.
Harold moved to the connections on the generator. "What?"
"There's another one at the back door."
"No. We have enough."
"I told him that, but he's putting up a fuss. I think he may be drunk."
"I told him to go away, but he's refusing."
In the side room, something set the dogs in the cage yapping. The sound shook Harold's attention to pieces.
He slapped his hands down on his thighs. "Then pay him and be done with it!"
"Where should I--"
"In the cage! With the others!"
The assistant turned.
"No, wait." Harold followed along the other half of the circuit. "Bring it here. I'm almost ready. Tie it to the post and keep it quiet."
On to Part 2.
(If you enjoy this kind of fictionalized history series, feel free to check out The X-Ray Martyrs to meet a couple of the many people who died before we understood the dangers of radiation.)