The Telegraphers’ Part
The events of the past
few days have brought into play the wond[e]rful facilities of the
telephone and telegraph, and th[e] remarkabl[e] 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 wer[e] discussing a univer[s]al topic; within a few
hours the crowned heads of Europe were considering the possibilitie
[sic] arising from an event whi[c]h bor[e] such an intimate relation
to other tragedie[s] enacted within their borders.
From time to time peopl[e] who were
hundreds and thousands of miles from the place where the terrible
affair occurred, w[e]re receiving bulletins from the bedside of
the chief executive.
It is estimated that not less than
650,000 words were sent out of Buffalo Saturday by th[e] telegraph
companies in special dispatches to papers all over th[e] world.
Those whose knowledg[e] 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 th[e] president, exclusive of illustrations and
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 dispatch[e]s can hardl[y]
comprehend. In numerous instances operators have had to work for
thirty-six hours at a str[e]tch, taking only enough tim[e] to eat
a light lunch. About 1,700 operators hav[e] been at work for the
last three days, and the results of their labors have been very