Excerpt from The Electrical Engineer, Vol. 5: A Weekly Journal of Electrical Engineering, With Which Is Incorporated "Electric Light;" From January 3, 1890, to June 27, 1890
With this issue we present to our readers a steel engraved portrait of Prof. D. E. Hughes. The task is not now to write an eulogy, but we have long had the opinion that when a man inspires our admiration we should not be afraid to say so. It is a sad experience, however, that while language is so copious, it is almost impossible when specially desirable to find such words as will adequately express our thoughts. The inspiration to fashion a word picture comes not at will if it did, we should try to picture to our readers one of Nature's gentlemen, a man of great ability, whose genius has wrested from Nature some of her secrete, which applied to human wants have revolutionised the conditions of existence. Whatever may be the merits of the controversy of prior discovery, we have always held Prof. Hughes to bethe man who made telephony practical. He it was who, working with the simplest materials in a direction that to most people looked uninviting, showed how what had previously been looked upon as a great evil was in reality a greater blessing. Prof. Hughes nobly gave his investigations to the world; others reaped pecuniary rewards, but so long as humanity endures, so long will the thanks of people go to the man whose portrait we have the pleasure of giving to-day. Prof. Hughes merits all the praise his confreres can give him. He has done good work in a double capacity. As a mechanician his devices in applying electricity have never been equalled. As an investigator his discoveries have made his name a household word. It is hardly for us here to speak of a still higher position he holds as a firm and faithful friend. The many who know and are known to him will anticipate all we could say in this direction, and agree that the sweetest words would still be harsh music to sing of one whose presence always delights and whose friendship is always sincere.
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