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EDISON GENERAL FILE SERIES

1914

Edison General File Series 1914

E-14-01 Advertising E-14-02 Advice

E-1 4-03 Architectural Concrete Company [not selected]

E- 14-04 Articles

E-1 4-05 Autograph and Photograph Requests

E-1 4-06 Automobile

E-1 4-07 Aviation [not selected]

E-1 4-08 Battery, Primary [not selected]

E-1 4-09 Battery, Storage - General

E-1 4-1 0 Battery, Storage - Edison Storage Battery Company

E-1 4-1 1 Battery, Storage - Electric Street Cars

E-1 4-1 2 Battery, Storage - Electric Vehicles

E-1 4-1 3 Battery, Storage - Foreign

E-1 4-1 4 Battery, Storage - Submarines

E-1 4-1 5 Birthday Greetings

E-1 4-1 6 Book and Journal Orders

E-1 4-1 7 Business Propositions [not selected]

E-1 4-1 8 Cement [not selected]

E-1 4-1 9 Cement House E-1 4-20 Charities and Loans

E-1 4-21 Chemicals

E-1 4-22 Christmas and New Year Greetings [not selected]

E-1 4-23 Cigarettes

E-1 4-24 Clubs and Societies

E-1 4-25 Condensite Company of America

E-1 4-26 Deafness

E-1 4-27 Edison, T. A.

E-1 4-28 Edison Chemical Works

E-1 4-29 Edison Club [not selected]

E-1 4-30 Edison Crushing Roll Company [not selected]

E-1 4-3 1 Edison Manufacturing Company [not selected]

E-1 4-32 Edison Portland Cement Company

E-1 4-33 Edison Pulverized Limestone Company [not selected]

E-1 4-34 Edison Star [not selected]

E-1 4-35 Education [not selected]

E-1 4-36 Electric Light

E-1 4-37 Electric Pen

E-1 4-38 Employment

E-1 4-39 Equipment and Supplies

E-1 4-40 Exhibitions

E-1 4-41 Family

E-1 4-42 Fan Mail [not selected]

E-1 4-43 Financial [not selected]

E-1 4-44 Ford, Henry

E-1 4-45 Foreign Language Documents (Untranslated) [not selected]

E-1 4-46 Fort Myers

E-1 4-47 Glenmont

E-1 4-48 Health and Diet

E-1 4-49 Honors and Awards

E-1 4-50 Insurance [not selected]

E-1 4-51 Invitations [not selected]

E-1 4-52 Lectures [not selected]

E-1 4-53 Legal - General

E-1 4-54 Legal - Legal Department Weekly Reports

E-1 4-55 Legal - Litigation

E-1 4-56 Menlo Park

E-1 4-57 Milan, Ohio

E-1 4-58 Miner's Safety Lamp

E-1 4-59 Mining - General [not selected]

E-1 4-60 Mining - Metals and Other Minerals

E-1 4-61 Mining - Ogden Iron Company

E-1 4-62 Mining - Ore Milling - General

E-1 4-63 Mining - Ore Milling - Foreign

E-i 4-64 Motion Pictures E-1 4-65 Name Use [not selected]

E-14-66 E-14-67 E- 14-68 E-14-69 E-14-70

Outgoing Correspondence

Patents

Personal

Phonograph - General Phonograph - Edison Gesellschaft

E-14-71 Pohatcong Railroad Company [not selected] E-14-72 Politics

E-1 4-73 Port Huron . . .,

E_1 4.74 Proudfoot’s Commercial Agency [not selected] E- 14-75 Radio [not selected]

E-14-76 Real Estate [not selected]

E-14-77 Religion and Spiritualism E-14-78 Secretary [not selected]

E-14-79 Stock and Bond Offerings E-1 4-80 Telephone [not selected]

E-14-81 Telescribe

E-1 4-82 Thomas A. Edison, Inc. - General E-1 4-83 Thomas A. Edison, Inc. - Fire

E-1 4-84 Thomas A. Edison, Ltd.

E-1 4-86 Warren County Warehouse Company [not selected] E-1 4-87 West Orange Laboratory E-1 4-88 World War I E-1 4-89 X-Rays

Edison General File Series 1914. Advertising (E-14-01)

This folder contains solicitation letters from advertising managers. The correspondents include Ralph Holden of the Calkins & Holden agency and Oswald Garrison Villard of the New York Evening Post.

Less than 5 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists primarily of unsolicited correspondence that received a perfunctory response or no reply from Edison.

CALKINS ST HOLDEN 250 FIFTH AVENUE NEW YORK -ADVERTISING

February 1 9

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Ur. Thomas A. Edison, Thoms A. Edison, Xno. Orange, K. J.

Dear Ur. Edison:

In spite of the fact that we f have been acting as your advertising agents for seven and a half years , you don't Know us.

And, not Knowing us, I suspect that you don't think much of U3 - or, for that matter, of advertising agents in gen-

During all these years we have been getting your ideas only as they have percolated through your various officers and assistants, instead of "hot and burning from the anvil" as it were. And yet our job has been to transmit to the public and the trade not only your ideas and ideals, but the vital soiling arguments as well.

Recently we made a careful review of all the past advertising, comparing it with that of your principal competitor, and while our self control

;casional contact with Ur. Ediaon

Bofore you go - or some day next week, will you give ua a half-hour? In order to he more specific, nay we call

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With kind regard

Sincerely yours,

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i’obrunry 24,

1914 .

;,lr , 'i'houaa A. Kdinon,

Dear ilr. sain on:

I m very moh pained by the fact that the "vaninr lost cannot obtain advert lain;; of the :idiaon Phono- Kraph.^n view of the lon~ friendship between ray father and yourself and rayaelf it bogus strange that wo cannot over obtain tho Edison business for the -'ironing Post, nlthcur-h v;o have the boat circulation of ..utility in How Vork City. Cur roaaors are naturally those who have the money to buy phcnc- .rrapha and records, hnttorios and aiotr.fcinrr machines. Is there no hope that we nay ahlo ovontuolly, if not in the near future, to have consideration for tho .’Sveninc I‘ost'2 Very tr :ly yours,

5 Irnuidont, Vhe II.” ..k'en.nj -ost Co,

Gundlach Advertising Co.

Mr. C. E. Goodwin,

I have been thinking over the -Edison Day" ad and would like to. know: if October Piqt is generally recognised an 'Edison Da J or is that merely the date he announced the discovery of the incandescent light, and seized .upon by the General Electric Go. as the day best suited to their particular purpose.

I have just looked in an

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invented the phonograph in 187 7 two years before he announced his discovery of the light.

Would it be possible for you to get some reliable information on this point?

Tf October 21st is the day selected by the General Electric Co. there is no reason why we should jump in and help their game.

I would particularly like to kno the date, if it is known, when Edison announced his discovery on reproduction of sound.

If this important discovery antedated the discovery of the incade scent light by two years, there seems no logical reason v.ny the former should not be "Edison Day".

I will await a with great interest. In the meanti the illustration for the "Edison D from you.

I will await an answer from you st. In the meantime I am holding up for the "Edison Day" ad until I hear

GUNDLACH ADVERTISING CO

Edison General File Series 1914. Advice (E-14-02)

This folder contains correspondence from inventors and others asking for Edison's advice on technical matters or his assistance in improving or promoting inventions. Among the correspondents for 1914 are chemist A. E. Nienstadt and inventor Herb A. Sandor.

Less than 1 percent of the documents, including all items bearing substantive marginalia by Edison, have been selected.

DR. A. E. NIENSTADT Consulting Chemist 112 nssenvom *ve.

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which I have on hand will put in sufficient money to manufacture

the article in large quantities.

My people want to see a testimonial of the Edison labora¬ tory and having this to show - I win the battle and can earn some money, which I need very badly.

How my dear Mr. Meadowcroft, kindly excuse when I politely ask you to use your influence and have a testimonial sent to the Hon Slip Mfg. Co., 41 Union Square, Hew York.

I will highly appreciate your kindness and hope that you give me the opportunity for expressing ny thankfulness to you in the future.

Thanking you in advance for your kindness, X remain,

[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE]

Telephone Worth 1688

He bb, Harburger & Drucker.

IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS of

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Leather Works : 68-82 Amsterdam Newark, IT. J.

St. —65 Duane Street, Sew York.

Cattle Addr e s s , "3? ian i s t " N.Y.

Cable Codes used Liebers A.B.C.Code ,4th Edit¬ ion.

Western Union Telegraph Code and Widerbrook's.

Jan. 8th, 1914.

The Hon Slip Mfg. Co.,

New York City.

It give ub much pleasure to advise you that after giving your Non Slip a thorough test, we have found same quite adapted to our wants and just the article we have been looking for for some time to prevent the slipping of the belt from the pulley.

The lost power caused by the slipping of the belt has been quite a problem in most factories where heavy pressure is used and we ourselveB, up to the present time, have found it difficult to over come this fault which has not only prevented us from getting the proper pressure from our machines, “but also lias been an actual ex- pense in the loss of the pressure which really costs the same as the pressure that is used, and we found the "Non Slip" doeB away with this fault and we shall be glad to recommend to any factories not using direct drive.

Yours very truly,

Harburger & Drucker.

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GEHERAL GAS LIGHT COIJPAHY Manufacturers of the HUMPHREY ARC LIGHT.

General office and Factory Kalamazoo, Mich.

46 WeBt Broadway,

Hew York, Jan. 14th, 1914.

Dr. A. E. Hienstadt,

c/o Hon Slip Mfg. Co.,

112 Reservoir Avenue,

Jersey City Heights, H.J.

Dear Sir:-

Regarding the Hon Slip Pulley dressing, I am glad to advise you that we have tested the same on a number of pulleys, particularly on some heavy stamping machines and same has given excellent results.

Yours very truly,

GENERAL GAS LIGHT COMPANY. Signed A. H. Humphrey. Pres.

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April 20th. 1914

Thomas A. Edi^efl'lSq. Menlo Park , N..I.

Dear Sir',.. ...

Un 1877 or 1878 I,£fei .the pleasure of being intro- duoed.to you in your 6th. Avenue office by Mr. Eaton (if my memory , is oorreot Sherbourne Blako .Eaton) . After your departure I ventured to remark, to Mr. Eaton. that I had seen your .Phonograph on exhibition in Broad St. and had spoken some-amusing ditties to it which. had been repeated in some¬ what squ9aky.tone3. I., then said I could see groat commercial value in the machine . if the. tinfoil surrounding, the serrated barrel could be .removed .shipped, to China or other distant parts: and. then placed on another similar barrel.

I have been. and am the pioneer of fine Telegraph Uode.bpoKs and. in 1602 I spent at least $6,000 and a lot of .time ip London and elsewhere. on my successful efforts to get the London Telegraph Conference to legalize .6 letter fic¬ titious words, which legalization has been a boon to all users of- the wires. All . the. time . I am a hard worker' and have had my fair share of failures and suooasses.but owing. to my trust having been mispfcaoed I am now compelled to seek some outside aid to enable me. to publish my new set of LISBONIAN wordSj.and other Codes based on. that Seleotion which numbers now 30,000 SAFE 6 Letter words equal in power. to BOO Millions of. ten letter words.

The writer feels that he is asking. the aid of a most successful pioneer and producer to enable another pioneer and also producer to enable the latter. to recover onoe more his grip on his special line of business.

To do this. I need about $7,600 and would give. a lien on Copyr ights , PI at es , Type, Printed copies fro. as security repaying the loan and such interest as may . be arranged oflt of Sales and Royalties for. the use of words. Should your decision incline favorably. towards. this business I shall be pleased to give you any particulars needed, references & q.

either by letter or personally, the latter preferred as it would afford me great pleasure. to meet you once more. in any event.

Have you entirely eliminated. the .buzzing sound made . by the needle on the recorder and also. the metallic sound in the delivery of the voice1?

I have a very fine sensitive ear and often wished. that I oould have afforded .to fit up a work shop and experimented, as a relief to. the nerve strain of produoing Telegraph Code books.whioh one knows at the start can never be. finished. In fact that knowledge aots .like a nightmare and is a destroyer of sleep. Mr. Doxat Chairman of DalgetySs, ln.my presence, "darn'd" their Code for the reason. that out of a Book with about 28 Millions of expressions he could not find the exact language .he desired to oonvey.: I very simply s^d Than* you sir". 4nyway Dalgety & Co. gave me a f tat taring testimonial, and abonua of £iBO in face. of that stupendous work costing nearly £6,000. (t

At your earliest convenience. ! shall be pleased to have a reply, to this communication and in the meantime

I beg to remain

Yours faithfully

Atlanta Ga 4/28/14.

Mr Thomas A. Edisi

Dear Sir;-

The writer had the pleasure of ««***g you in Washington at the time you got up the multiple idea of sending more than one .«« . «—» .*»• 1 *£^2* ”111“a H°*81'

„d 1.11.™ you h.J tt» plsuoui. “* "S»” °f

The object of writing you this letter is that X have taken up with a number of Post Offioe Inspectors the idea of protecting an Electric device. This device as described to them would be somewhat similar to the many devices that have been on the market., yet would be absolutely perfect. The first idea is to protect every

opening in the building by electricity arranged as follows; loosen the filer in front of the safe, make electric connection with it; my idea was to use six half gallon wet batteries, secreted in such place as to not be available to be out off by burglars, and all of these con¬ nected to a single wire that would turn on all the lights in the room, most of our small towns have a night current; when this connection is made with the current from any point electrified, it would light the lights and ring a large bell. I have a promise from the Witham Bank¬ ing Co. wh o have 116 banks, that they would use this device on all their banks. In order to place these on the banks, we put a button

under the paying- tellers desk in case he was held up. he would put his foot on the buttom. light the lights, if the current was on, or ring the bell anyhow, if there was no ourrent. X also have a re¬ commendation from a number of Post Offioe inspectors, who would like

some device of this kina placed on eaoh Post Office throughout the country. While this device might not be a matter of direct economy to the Post Office in a moneyed way. it certainly would he an economy in saving young men from becoming outlaws.. A large part of the. thiewry done is because an easy opportunity permits burglars whether it is the first time or the last time - is caused by the gross carelessness of using care to prevent the easy opportunity to break into Post Offices and Banks. Shis does not stop the rascality; the Postage Stamps stolen are turned over to parties at probably one fourth their value sold by them to other rasoallly concerns for much less than their face value, also they induse Office boys who are sent out to buy stamps to buy the stamps from them, this makes a continuous line of thief-makers, for which the community are largely responsible. Man sticks his wallet in his back pocket, pick-pockets soon have it. A -lady lays her Jewelry on her dresser; and the next morning she finds she has no Jewelry. If this device will work it will save many banks, many ?ost Offices and many merchants their valuables.

I am writing you this on account of your large ctfsawted experience and hoping to get you to take hold of the matter - even in your own name , if you so de sire .

Thanking you in advance for an early reply, I a*.

Yours very truly.

Geo. W. Quimby HYDRAULIC ENGINEER

Prepared to Supply Water, to Vlllapcs and Farms

PHONE MAIN Cfi QfT

June 20th. - 14

Mr. Thomas A. Edison, Oranwe, N.«T.

Dear Sir: I have, ineidently, noticed what is to me, a phenonoma of the multiplication of sound. I have not the ability nor the faeilities for devolopiiw the theory. You may have, years aro, eauwht the idea, and devoloped it, if so, then I am years too late.

It is this: I notioed that a common house fly when buz- zin* over the entrance to a bell-mouthed spittoon caused a sound that could be heard for a distanee of a hundred feet in a still room, while the same buzzinr. in an open space could not be heard if more than two or three inches from the ear.

The thought has occurred to me that the shape of the spittoon had all to do with the mamifyinr the sound, and that if the theory has never been developed, then here is a question of science of sound that is worth looking up.

Respectfully Yours,

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Greatest Race Course in the \^orld

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Orange, New Jersey. Jv J*

Dear Sir : ' v

I should consider it a great favor if you will give me the names of the.most reputable patent attorneys in Washington who assist you with your pat ents. I am interested in a patent application that think may be very valuable, end I believe your exper

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lually des- •ns and out¬ buildings <m fajpB yefl m oter^ prope rty

*’,wIn tiie city* of pagers' ownj a \rqj-*"' gressive community in thre State two Teige Knitting I.Iills have been struck by lightning in the last sixty day a, witbcgrfloss exseedfiag it ^lOO.OOOf^yy^^j^ CKMV ^ ont *j-

As a practical electrician I desire to ask if you will not do me the favor to ad¬ vise me in what way a cheap and effective form of protective devioe could be installed on buildings in this State, protecting thels (•*-

againBt lightning.!

I realize, as an insurance man'/ the majority of lightning rods, so-called, are without merit and I desire to begin a campaign of education throughout this State through the County newspapers7>^dvocating the best means of pgt^Ct ing^thg^z ladings . ^ ^ ^

Tiyouoouia spare the time I woffid be glad if you would, advise me as requested, and thanking you in adv8ft*fi for, .vour consider a- tion, I remain^ jfe J

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Thomas A. Edison Esq. ,

Orange, H.J.

Dear Mr. Edison,

Under the auspices of correspondence exchanged between my Secretary, Mr. Mellerlo and one of your employes Mr. JaB. H. White, who replied on September 1st’ 09 as follows i

"I have shown your letter and circular to Mr.EdiBon and he "appears greatly interested in the matter and he has asked me "to request you to send at once all the information you have . "as to patents and nature of the invention. Of course, as he "says, your circular does not give any clear idea as to the "details of the invention in question of Dr Sandor's spring "driving motors, but Hr Edison is very interested in anything "pertaining to improvement in spring power, it may be that oan be "useful in exploiting Dr. Sandor's invention in this country" etc.

I also take the liberty, under the auspices of your former employe Mr. Kennedy Lawry Dickson frbra 1881 - 1896, to apply to you, Dear Mr. Edison, in this hard time of war, as the greatest inventor with noble heart and character.

I am Dr. Phil. Chemist, experienced civil-engineer and first class experienced experimenter, as well as Factory Manager for many years with practical and theoretical routine and with first class references. My last salary was £16.10.0 per week, but although I was here for about 12 years, as soon as hostilities broke out 1 was discharged for the duration of the war and hence without means of existence.

My fortune, more than £12.000 is involved in my patents and experiments

1) I am the inventor and sole owner of the spring motor known to you, which is unique in the world, running 492 hours, which cost me 2 years of experimenting and brain work

Enclosed opinion. got sketches and explanation will give you an idea as to the value of the patent.

and whioh now should bo sold through an Austro-Russian Banking Firm for Russia at £110.000 oaah. Everything was ready to leave for St Petersburg on the 5th August and unfortunately on the 2nd came the declaration of war and X received the assurance that settlement would follow after the war.

This patent is patented in 34 countries and in October 1912 it was again applied for with supplementary patents.

2) X am the inventor and patent owner in 16 countries of a flying machine as per enclosed sketch whioh goes in the air straight un from the street and whioh stands still in the air without it being necessary to cross, as long as it is requlred.by pushing upwards and downwards the wings, thus enabling greater speed than other maohines

3) X am the inventor of the first self-playing (lever-mochanio) Piano, sold by Ehrlich, Leipzig (patented in 21 countries)

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I am the Inventor of the first self-playing accordion with detachable music (sheet of music) without clock or wheel-v.ork sold to EUPHONIXA/ Leipzig, patented in 6 states

I am the inventor of the first self-playing harmonium with detachable notes (Compressed - and sucking-air system), sold to Lochmsnn.Uerseburg patented in 22 countries

X am the inventor of the self-playing mandoline, sold to Clause .Leipzig patented in 10 states

7)Have made c

invention in the tool and machine line

life belt for aviators, infallible, and unique .

8) X am the inventor of

as world patent

In spite of my ability and gift of inventing ( 4 big patents in fhe chemical line] I am unfortunately at present without any means, ^ f ® r of 4 ohildem, without any cash, given over to despair and hunger, living here as a foreigner in a country in war conditions.

Over £12000.00 are involved in my last big patents, I paid £150.- during last^ear for patent taxes, I am now in these hard times a pitiable father and inventor worthy of sympathy.

Dear Ur. Edison, I do not ask you for support in my despair, I only ask for a loan, to be refunds/ after the war from the sale of my Sussian patent (Spring-motor) the value of v/hich is more than sufficient

only quick heln oan save me from ruin and hunger.

I have to pay over £72. ^.0. patent tax, otherwise X lose my hard obtained uatents - over £22.- expiring rent, otherwise I will he in the street v/ith my poor family, I am threatened with warrant for taxes which were due long ago, and I am without any food and earnings owing to this unfortunate war.

As a gifted, able and honorable man and inventor I apply to your noble

to do so in the quickest possible way and you may rest assured that your kindness will have been bestowed ona noble and grateful man.

Reference. Dr.Cruesemann 4 House, Solicitors, _

- - - 85, Graoeohurch Street, London E.C.

Awaiting a favorable reply or speedy assistance as soon as believe me yourB respectfully

(signed) Dr H.A. Sandor

Phone - Bath Beach 1577 W .

#2163 - 85th Street, Bensonhurst, L.

Mr. Wm. H. Meadowcroft:-

West Orange,

Dear Mr. Meadowcroft:-

Enclosed I send you. a circular about an inven¬ tion of mine, which I intend to finance.

Knowing that you have very good acquaintances X would be pleased if you will take the matter up in mutual interest.

The circular will show some of the purposes for which my compound can be used, I worked out the different mixtures thoroughly in my laboratory, constructed the apparatus and I am able now to make demonstrations in a small way in any room without any danger.

I need a party with some money for producing large quan¬ tities- several hundred pounds - of the Explosive Compound, in dif¬ ferent strength and also for making large receptacles (bombs) of which X have the model ready.

As a substitute for Gasoline, the invention is of great importance. Preliminary experiments have shown that the compound can be used for this purpose - but the Motors which are now used for Airships, Automobiles, etc. ,have to be constructed somewhat different and this wants experimenting.

It would be of great importance if you could interest Mr. Edison, he as a prominent ChemiBt will understand Immediately the value of my invention.

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I have U. S. Patent, hut new Patents ought to he applied for valuable improvements.

Kindly give the aforesaid your attention and let me know if and when you will allow me to make demonstrations at your place.

Yours very truly,

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Edison General File Series

1914. Architectural Concrete Company [not selected] (E-14-03)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Architectural Concrete Co., which was established by Edison to diversify the applications of his crushing technologies and cement manufacturing. Edison was chairman of the board, while Walter S. Mallory, president of the Edison Portland Cement Co., served as president. The one item for 1914 is a notice pertaining to the annual stockholders meeting.

Edison General File Series 1914. Articles (E-14-04)

This folder contains correspondence requesting Edison to write articles, letters from journalists seeking to interview Edison or soliciting his statements for publication, and other documents relating to articles by or about Edison and his inventions. Many of the letters bear marginalia by Edison. Included is an undated document in Edison’s hand containing his opinion on the European war. There are also letters concerning Edison’s attitude toward Germans and Jews. The correspondents include Herman Bernstein of The Day Joe Mitchell Chappie of the National Magazine, Charles A. Coffin of the General Electric Co., Herbert L. Satterlee, son-in-law and biographer of J. P. Morgan, Jacob H. Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., and Oswald Garrison Villard of the New York Post.

Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists of items that received a perfunctory response or no reply from Edison.

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