Those Western Union Wires Again

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Telegrapher

New York, NY, United States
vol. 8, no. 13, p. 100, col. 3

Those Western Union Wires Again.


IT commenced raining heavily on Tuesday morning, about nine o'clock, and by noon the Western and Southern wires on Gen. ECKERT'S Division were in the usual state under such atmospheric conditions. If possible, they were in worse shape than on the previous occasion. There was a large accumulation of messages at Philadelphia and Harrisburg, many of which were detained, and failed of seasonable delivery in consequence. Tuesday afternoon and evening there was a large force on duty in the Western Union office at Philadelphia, relaying the delayed business, as, even with repeaters, the wires could not be worked to advantage. When the paraffin insulators were taken off, two of the wires from New York to Harrisburg and Pittsburg, Pa., and replaced by the pet glass insulators, on which Supt. ECKERT staked his reputation as an electrician and telegrapher, they were, by actual measurement, several hundred per cent. Better in insulation than those which were insulated with glass. These are facts which cannot be truthfully controverted, and are a sufficient commentary on the scientific and telegraphic ability of the General Superintendent of the Eastern Division.

The services of an official which cost a company so much pecuniarily and in reputation, might, it would seem to ordinary appreciation, be profitably dispensed with. Intelligent operators and line men are unanimous in their denunciations of these improvements. (?)


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Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:September 10, 2005 by: Elton Gish;