National Geographic : 1913 Aug
The Merger of East and West "But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strongmen standface toface, In the "Ballad of East and West," Kipling tells the story of an Indian border bandit pursued to his hiding place in the hills by an English colonel's son. These men were of different races and represented widely differ ent ideas of life. But, as they came face to face, each found in the other elements of character which made them friends. In this country, before the days of the telephone, infrequent and in direct communication tended to keep the people of the various sections separated and apart. AMERICAN tho' they come from the ends of the earth!" -KIPLING. The telephone, by making com munication quick and direct, has been a great cementing force. It has broken down the barriers of distance. It has made us a homogeneous people. The Bell System, with its 7,500,000 telephones connecting the east and the west, the north and the south, niakes one great neighborhood of the whole country. It brings us together 27,000,000 times a day, and thus develops our common interests, facilitates our com mercial dealings and promotes the patriotism of the people. TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."