National Geographic : 1947 Mar
00 Frederick Schutz At the Telephone's Fortieth Birthday Party, 800 National Geographic Members Took Voice Voyages tothe Four Corners ofthe U.S. For the first time in history, through headphones each guest heard Pacific rollers breaking on California beaches; Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden inOttawa sent heartiest greetings from Canada; and Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing, commanding the Mexican Expeditionary Forces, reported from ElPaso on the Rio Grande, "All's quiet on the border." The black "box" on the table was an exact duplicate of the first Bell telephone. At thespeaker's table on this great occasion, March 7, 1916, in Washington, D. C., are, left to right: Mrs. Lane; Thomas A. Watson (who built the first telephone and towhom Bell addressed his first words, Plate I); Gilbert Grosvenor, Editor and Director National Geographic Society; Maj. Gen. Hugh L. Scott, Chief of Staff and Actg. Sec. ofWar; John J.Carty, Chief ofEng. Staff, Am. Tel. and Tel. Co.; Dr. Alexander Graham Bell; Theodore N. Vail, President Am. Tel. and Tel. Co.; Sec. ofInterior Franklin K.Lane; O.H.Tittmann, President National Geographic Society; Sec. of Navy Josephus Daniels; U. N . Bethell; Postmaster General Albert S.Burleson; Rear Adm. Colby M. Chester, USN; N. C . Kingsbury; Mrs. Burleson; and Sen. Joseph E. Ransdell. In the foreground, extreme left corner, Prof. Edwin A.Grosvenor, ofAmherst College, and Theodore W. Noyes, 38 years Editor, Washington Evening Star. At extreme right, Harvey W. Wiley, father of pure food laws.