Excerpt from The Development of the Telephone in Europe Of all modern inventions there is ne that has so greatly facilitated rapid inter-communication as the telephone. The writing of a letter takes time, and the conveyance of the letter to its destination takes much longer time. The telegraph is instantaneous so far as the conveyance of the electric signal between point and point is concerned, but it can only be used by expert operators, and the original message must be written at the dispatching end and transcribed afresh at the receiving end. The telephone, on the contrary, is instantaneous between individual and individual. The expert operator is only required to effect the communication between the two individuals wishing to speak to one ather. The moment that has been done they can talk together almost as easily as if they were in the same room. There is other means of communication which confers advantages even approaching those given by the telephone. One might, therefore, imagine that the Government of a presumably intelligent country like Great Britain would do all in its power to facilitate the use of this important invention. In the following pages, Mr. Laws Webb, who has devoted special attention to the study of telephonic problems, lucidly tells the story of the dealings of the Government with the telephone, and shows how the public has been deprived of the full benefit which it might have derived from this wonderful invention. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.