Ladies and Gentlemen of the City and its surrounds:
I am pleased to announce my father and I have begun the final stages of our experiments to tap into an aether gate with the goal of capturing the phlogiston we are certain will be released. Our early tests were significant, and demonstate clear success in the capture and containment of this elemental energy.
Though some in the city have apparently been taken aback by our methods, it is our confident assertion that what some may whisperingly call “occult dabblings” are simply matters of science yet unexplored. Our interest in the otherworldly gates described by the author Abdul Alhazred in his work Kitab al-Azif is academic, and is neither unseemly nor a cause for concern with authorities in the church or elsewhere.
With my father, Elihu, I can assure all citizens of the city, and particularly our neighbors in northwestern Wheatstone Waterways, there is absolutely no reason for concern. Rather there should be reason to rejoice as the virtually limitless supply of energy provided by a large containment of phlogiston is utilized, fueling further scientific innovations.
Vita brevis, ars longa,
Oakwood Laboratories of New Babbage