The Edison people are still relentlessly on the war path, bent on using for its full worth the incandescent lamp decision
in their favor. Their latest move was a second restraining order served Wednesday night on the officers of the Mather
Electric Company of Manchester. This latter order forbade the company from using the Perkins lamps, and one of its effects
was a shutting down of the Mather works yesterday afternoon as soon as daylight failed. Another and more serious one was a
season of obscurity all through Manchester last night.
A petition has been presented to the Legislature for the incorporation of the Manchester Light & Power Company. That petition has, however, of course not been acted on and the organization is as yet only a branch of the Mather Company. This concern, made up largely of Mather people, lights a large part of Manchester, outdoors and indoors. The restraining order referred to forced the company to take out at once 600 Perkins lamps placed in stores, halls and houses all over town. It was possible yesterday to obtain only 100 Edison lamps to substitute for them and the great inconvenience can easily be imagined. The inconvenience would have been still greater had not a happy method been hit upon to use Edison lamps with Perkins sockets. The Edison lamp and fuse was attached in each case to a Perkins base and could thus be easily slipped into a Perkins socket. More Edison lamps will probably be obtained to-day. It was bad enough to have only one lamp, where there had been six before, but when it is remembered that the Edison lamps were very much less brilliant than the Perkins lamp, which they displaced, it can be seen how badly Manchester people fared.
The indoor lamps previous used were all 16-candle power Perkins lamps. The lamps used outdoors were the 34-candle power Bernstein lamps, which were unmolested. Edison has not yet crushed that lamp.
What arrangements will be made to equip the Mather factory with lights can not be announced yet. President Chapman was in Boston yesterday and Secretary Gates was out of town last night. It is of course sure that the factory will supply itself with light without much trouble. Of course the previous injunction bothers the company a good deal, but there is every reason to believe that there will be plenty of business for it on lines that do not come in conflict with the Edison patents. The immediate future of the Perkins Company is problematical.