National Geographic : 1917 Sep
Answering the Nation's Call IN this "supreme test" of the nation, private interests must be subordinated to the Government's need. This is as true of the telephone as of all other in strumentalities of service. The draft for war service which has been made upon the Bell System is sum marized in a recent Government report. Government messages are given pre cedence over commercial messages by means of 12,000 specially drilled long distance operators all over the country. The long distance telephone facilities out of Washington have been more than doubled. Special connections have been estab lished between all military headquarters, army posts, naval stations and mobilization camps throughout the United States. More than 10,000 miles of special sys tems of communication have been installed for the exclusive use of Government de partments. Active assistance has been given the Government by the Bell System in pro viding telephone communications at ap proximately one hundred lighthouses and two hundred coast guard stations. Communication has been provided for the National Guard at railroad points, bridges and water supply systems. A comprehensive system of war com munication will be ready at the call of the Chief Signal Officer, and extensive plans for co-operation with the Navy have been put into effect with brilliant success. As the war continues, the demands of the Government will increase. And the public can help us to meet the extraordinary conditions by putting restraint on all unnecessary and extravagant use of the telephone. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES 4??C~ One Policy One System Universal Service 'Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."