THE FATE OF NIAGARA FALLS.
In a recent newspaper interview with Lord Kelvin, the great British scientist is credited with the following prediction as to the future of Niagara Falls:
“I regard Niagara Falls as the greatest problem in America for scientists to solve. The time is coming when coal and oil will be too scarce and too expensive to be used for the manufacture of power. There is at Niagara Falls an inexhaustible supply of power that in fifty or too years is bound to be utilised to its fullest extent. I predict the time will come when the water will no longer flow over the great Horseshoe fall, but the same water will find its wav down the river through countless turbines, spreading light and power for the use of millions of people in all sections of the country. This world must depend on its water for power in the future. The supply of coal will soon become so exhausted that it cannot be profitably used for manufacturing purposes. America has millions upon millions of horsepower in connection with her rivers that are utterly neglected. This power is bound to be developed in the near future. The start that has been made at Niagara falls is only the beginning of a new era in the manufacture and transmission of power.”