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When Grayson Whitney, an engineer whose hobby is antiques, is asked the history of an old porcelain lamp, he relates the story of Anton Daimier and his search to find a satisfactory liquid fuel: Destitute, Daimier plans to pawn his porcelain lamp for funds to continue his experiments. He falls asleep at his table and dreams that Mercury, god of travel, shows him the evolution of travel from ancient days. When he awakes, it is dark; he takes a bottle from the shelf to fill the lamp; but when he lights it, there is an explosion. He has taken the wrong bottle from the shelf, one containing gasoline. Daimier realizes that this is the liquid fuel for which he has been searching and with the assistance of his employer invents a gasoline engine. Grayson finishes the story by revealing he obtained the lamp from Anton Daimier's granddaughter in France.