National Geographic : 1913 Mar
The Winged Message Noah's messenger was a dove. In Solomon's time, pigeons were trained to carry messages. Brutus used them at the siege of Modena. They served the Turks in their fights against the Crusaders. In mediaeval wars they were more useful than ever before. France had a carrier-pigeon mail service, with messages reduced by photography and read through a microscope. Even today carrier pigeons are utilized as news-bearers in isolated parts of Europe. In America, the land of the tele phone, the carrier pigeon is bred only for racing. The winged word has taken the place of the winged mes senger. Pigeons may fly more than a mile a minute, but the telephone is as quick as speech itself. The dove is the emblem of peace. The telephone is the instrument of peace. The telephone lines of the Bell System unite a hundred million people in one national family. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."