The Telegraphers’ Part
The events of the past
few days have brought into play the wonderful facilities of the
telephone and telegraph, and the remarkable part they play in the
daily life of the nation.
Within a few moments after the attack
upon the president, millions of people in the remotest parts of
the country were discussing a universal topic; within a few hours
the crowned heads of Europe were considering the possibilitie [sic]
arising from an event which bore such an intimate relation to other
tragedies enacted within their borders.
From time to time people who were
hundreds and thousands of miles from the place where the terrible
affair occurred, were receiving bulletins from the bedside of the
It is estimated that not less than
650,000 words were sent out of Buffalo Saturday by the telegraph
companies in special dispatches to papers all over the world. Those
whose knowledge on this subject is limited to the 10 per telegram
find it a little difficult to grasp the situation. As set and displayed
by the newspapers that received them these 650,000 words filled
nearly 500 columns. If one newspaper had received all the specials
sent out it would have had about 80 solid pages of matter concerning
the president, exclusive of illustrations and headlines.
The telegraph operator has not posed
as a martyr. It was his business to take the messages for which
a fearful public was anxiously awaiting. But they have been under
a strain which the people who read the dispatches can hardly comprehend.
In numerous instances operators have had to work for thirty-six
hours at a stretch, taking only enough time to eat a light lunch.
About 1,700 operators have been at work for the last three days,
and the results of their labors have been very apparent.