National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph by Frederick Schutz SOME OF THE GUESTS AT THE SPEAKERS' TABLE Left to right: Mrs. Franklin K. Lane, Mr. Thomas A. Watson, Mr. Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Editor and Director National Geographic Society; Major General Hugh L. Scott, Chief of Staff and Acting Secretary of War; Mr. John J. Carty,Chief oftheEngineering Staff oftheAmerican Telephone and Telegraph Company; Dr. Alexander Graham Bell; Mr. Theodore N. Vail; Secretary oftheInterior Franklin K.Lane; Mr. O.H. Tittmann, President National Geographic Society; Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels; Mr.U.N.Bethell; Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson; Rear Admiral Colby M. Chester, U. S . Navy; Mr. N . C . Kingsbury; Mrs. Albert S. Burleson; and Senator Joseph E.Ransdell. The square, dark "box," with cord attached, in front of Mr. Carty, is an exact duplicate of the first Belltelephone. Through this instrument Dr. Bell talked from New York to San Francisco when the transcontinental line was opened January 25, 1915 (see pages 313and 315).