Publication: The Telegrapher
New York, NY, United States
Those Glass Insulators Again. - The Southern
Atlantic and Franklin Companies. - Non-payment
of B. and B. Employes.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 12.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TELEGRAPHER.
THERE is very little of interest to the telegraphic fraternity transpiring here just now, notwithstanding Congress is in session. Business is good on all the lines. As usual, to-day, the rain is developing the insulating or rather non-insulating properties of General Superintendent Eckert's glass insulators, and the operators in the Western Union employ are doing their best to work the non-insulated wires. Perhaps, if all the insulators used between here and New York were paraffined, as are those on the city lines, better results might be obtained, even with the glass insulators. It may be feared, however, that the use of paraffin too near Philadelphia might bring the matter to the attention of Mr. D. Brooks, and make it necessary to compromise with him again for the infringement of his patent.
Mr. P. B. Delaney, the popular and efficient Assistant Superintendent of the Southern Atlantic Company, has been here for several days, arranging matters with the Franklin Company managers, and taking such measures otherwise as are necessary to increase the efficiency and the reliability of the working of the lines under his charge.
The Southern Atlantic Company are doing an excellent Southern business, as I am informed, and their wires work well, even in unfavorable weather. The wires of the Franklin Company, between this city and New York, have also been improved, and are now working with more promptness and reliability than during the summer and fall.
I have before referred in my communications to the non-payment of some of the late employes of the combination, for services previous to the sale and transfer of the Bankers and Brokers' lines. The amount due is not very large, but the employes labored hard and faithfully, and ought to be paid.
In the report of the sale it was stated that, in addition to the amount due on the bonds, $10,000 in case was bid, which was to pay off the other indebtedness of the company. Up to this time all efforts to obtain the amount due the late employes here have been unsuccessful. They need the money, and the officers of the company should see that their just demands are met without further delay.
Will not President Callow, who has the reputation of being a fair and honorable man, see that this injustice is corrected. If the matter is not arranged soon I shall have something more to say on the subject hereafter.