HOT AIR— “The Worcester (Mass.) Spy describes another of those brilliant inventions with which H. M. Paine is accustomed to dazzle the world, such as eclipsing the sun by his electric ‘water-gas light.’ The present new invention is nothing less than a cold steam engine. Paine generates steam without a boiler, from water which never boils, in a tank which never gets hot, and which is to take the place of the huge death-dealing steam boiler! A model of the engine has been exhibited to some admiring friends in Worcester, and the Spy states that ‘the result is incredible (we doubt not) to any but those who actually witnessed it.”
I can't find a thing about H. M. Paine or his inventions, so to the library I go!
Of course, this happened in the February 1858 issue... I wonder if any of the Worcester Spy is on microfilm. If I find out anything, I'll let those of you interested in steampunk know what I find.