National Geographic : 1916 Oct
When Nature Turns Outlaw "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!- You cataractsand hurricanoes,spout ...... " Thus King Lear, in Shakespeare's trag edy, defies the elements. But man, even to day, cannot challenge nature with impunity. The unsinkable ship goes down like a rock from the impact of an iceberg. The fireproof building is burned. The monument, built for unborn generations, is riven by lightning or shaken down by an earthquake. There are storms which make trainservice impossible, which delay the mails and which close the public highways to the usual traffic. Even in the cities there are times when the street cars do not run, and neither automo biles nor horse-drawn vehicles can be driven through floods or high-piled snowdrifts. SY Such conditions increase the dependence on telephone wires, which themselves are not exempt from the same natural hazards. For tunately, however, the Bell System has faced these dangers and well-nigh overcome them. Masses of wires are buried underground and lonely pole lines, even the most stoutly built, are practically paralleled by other lines to which their business can be transferred. Each year the lines are stronger and the guardians of the wires are prepared to make repairs more quickly. So each year increas ing millions of subscribers find their tele phones more dependable and, within the limits of human power, they count upon their use in storm as well as in fair weather. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY ,AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."