National Geographic : 1917 Apr
New Forces from Old Sources Fire and water have built civiliza tion out of barbarism and savagery. But for generations man used these sources of energy clumsily, through machinery that was expen sive in operation, limited in capacity, and extremely local in application. Today we are entering upon a new age of greater achievement because we have learned to trans late natural resources into a more efficient, economical, and conve nient form of energy-electricity. It can be generated at transported to greater transformed at will into and power. lower cost, distances, light, heat, Herein is one of the great con tributions to civilization by George Westinghouse and his successors that they have not confined their activities to the designing of appa ratus for the use of electricity alone. They went back of the current to the primal source-that power might be more economically gen erated and more widely distributed. Westinghouse water-turbine, gen eratorswerethe first to turn the power of Niagara to man's advantage. Westinghouse stokers under thou sands of boilers save labor, improve combustion of coal, and therefore reduce the cost of steam. Westin house PRIME MOVERS AND GENERATORS "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you.'