The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

/1d9CeAIfred W. Arrix1to, Y d e
William h. Rhodes, ald rhe Case
o/Sui(mmer field
BY WAY OF introduction, it might be pointed out that the
following Associated Press dispatch was reported from
Washington on February 17, 1951:
Two Utah inventors say they have invented a device which burns
ordinary water to produce heat for homes or power for industries.
George Jackson and William Daugherty, both of Salt Lake City, have
applied for a patent on their process. Daugherty told a reporter
Friday experimental estimates indicated a pint of water could be
used to heat a four-room house for four hours. The patent applica-
tion says water is heated, under pressure, by alcohol. Then, the
inventors said, it emerges from jets, apparently broken down into
two gases-hydrogen and oxygen-which make up water. These burn
at intense heat, the inventors said, and alcohol is needed only to get
the process going.
There is nothing particularly significant about Alfred W.
Arrington, except that he was a distinguished lawyer and a less
distinguished writer in the era and environment of the middle
nineteenth century. There is nothing particularly significant
about William H. Rhodes, except that he too was a lawyer and
was perhaps better known as a writer. There is nothing particu-
larly significant about The Case of Summerfield, except that it
is a good short story of unusual content which appeared in the
Sacramento Union on May 13 and June io, 1871, and in the
San Francisco Golden Era on May 28 and June 11, 1871. In 1876,
after Judge Rhodes' death, it was published in book form, along
with his poems and other stories, as Caxton's Book. Caxton was
the pseudonym which Judge Rhodes used. It was published
separately in 1907. Judge Arrington wrote under the name of
"Charles Summerfield." Curiosity is aroused, however, when the
possible association between the two men and the story is con

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