National Geographic : 1917 Mar
ne Langfuag 1Unrestricted ntercommunication The Fruits of Throughout the vast area of this country prevails a common tongue. The whole of Europe hardly exceeds our territory, yet Europe has more than a score of nationalities and many dif ferent languages. In the United States the telephone, as exemplified by Bell System, renders a matchless service in its mastery of distance and in encouraging the use of a universal language. This accom plishment is in spite of the great influx of population from every country in the world. In Europe the independent coun tries, separated by barriers of language, SAMERICAN TELEPHON AND AsSO( One Policy One Europe's many tongues and consequent misunderstandings , Understanding and lacking efficient telephone service, suffer from inadequate facilities for inter-communication. We now talk from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific, and eliminate more than three thousand miles. In Europe, contending with a babel of voices and unrelated telephone sys tems, a bare quarter of that distance has been bridged with difficulty. The ideal of the Bell System has been day by day to extend its service in the interest of all telephone users. Its efforts have resulted in providing the facilities to unite cities and rural districts in true American democracy. E AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY CIATED COMPANIES System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."