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Church Connected by Wire rcith
Hospital — Calling Early Toilers.
Clearly and sweetly the wordu of the famous
old hymn "How firm a foundation" came to
the ears of the patients m the Samaritan Bos
piial. Philadelphia, on a recent Sunday. Dr.
Russell Conweil had caused the hospital to be
connected with the Baptist Temple by Beam
of -phones, and, with megaphones strung in
front of the pulpit and receivers in the hospital
wards, the singing of the chorus and the words
c* the sermon were distinctly heard by the
The telephone company undertook the con
tract to place telephones in all the wards of the
Samaritan Hospital, of which Dr. Conweil is
the president, and to hang a string of mega
phones in front of the platform at the church.
For those patients who were too weak to hold
the receiver to the ear head attachments were
provided so that without the slightest exertion
on their part the services at the Temple could
Le heard almost as 1 : Unly as though they occu-
I>i«-.I skills ia the cburch. The voice of the
pveacter came strongly and clearly over the
wire, every word caught by the megaphones
and carried to the delighted patients at the hos
pital. The singing to the accompaniment of the
great organ was 6" realistically close to the
eiirs of the hospital inmates that mar.y joined
involuntarily in the exercises, Bean < ly realising
that they were a long distance from the scene
of the services.
Another innovation in telephonic usagp is the
cnrr.mi:nicaticn between conductor and engine
flyUg en moving trains and the connection
of the train with business bouses in places where
a temporary stop is •• -••, BO that passengers
may talk to friends or customers without the
ne< essity of leaving the train at all. This idea,
trti i as an experiment on a Western road and
-.-fully carried out in course o'. a recent
trip of officials of the Pennsylvania Railroad,
promises to come into general use on the rail
roads of the country.
The advantage of telephonic means of con
versing with the engineer In his cab, instead
of reaching him by a slow and ponderous system
of signals, is too obvious to need comment. The
great advantage that will appeal to the general
public is the possibility of saving time by tele
phoning from the tra i to business or private
houses when the cars are at a standstill In
stations along the line. Thus a commercial
traveller who has only a few connections in a
small town and thinks he can do better by
going straight on to the next, but still desires
to give his customers a chance to know of hia
presence, can do so by having the car telephone
switched on to the office telephones. While the
engineer is using his oil cans in the front of the
train the passengers may be talking to their
business friends in the town. If it seems best
to alight and stop over night the commercial
men may then do so. If it appears to be only
a waste of time the trip may be continued to
the nest town.
It is suggested that a novel purpose to which
the train telephone may be rut will be to in
form the irate parents of eloping couples that
pursuit Is useless. The father of the girl who
is the heroine of an elopement may be sitting
In his luxuriously appointed offl ■■ In, .v "Vall
st.. New-York, when the telephone bell will
ring and over the m-mbling Ire will come the
startling words, in clear and Bell telephone
like tones:
"We are married, pa. Now on the train at
Poughkeef>s!<\ en route for Buffalo. Don't worry
about us. We are quite happy."
Still another new idea, in telephone business
is the railing of early tollers and those who wish
to catch trains in the small hours. There Is no
alarm clock to beat the telephone, for it con
tinues ringing until the Sleepy one g ts out of
!>>•'! ad stills Its voice by removing the re
ceiver from the hook. Then the operator knows
that his duty is don*» and stops ringing: One
of the telephone companies has found this branch
of the business so profitable that a regular de
p irtment has been organised for the express
purpose of calling customers in the morning, A
telephone of the ordinary kind is placed at the
bedside, and the simple process of "calling" is
to keep ringing at the hour agreed until the
response showy that the alarm iiaa served its
What May Be Seen in Some Firw
Residence Streets in Brooklyn.
In on<> of the choicest residence parts of Pros
pect H« ights, as the r.ark Slope of Pruoklyn is
called, a coterie of litt> girls Just entering
their teens have o< Quired a proficiency in ball
playing that is the wonder alike of the fathers
and mothers of the little n:;u i.s and of the b<>ys
who generally view \\::!i contempt the aspira
tions of their sh-tors to take part i:i boyish
Among these girls is one who can catch a ball
as well as any bay Whether it be a skyscraper
requiring a leap Into the air for It 3 capture or a
hot grounder that would terrify the hardiest
amateur shortstop, this girl in equal to the re
quirements of the occasion. To her, a muff or a
fumble is v humiliating as to the professional
Infield* r when th-> gr.iiiii3Ui.nd is full of unsym
pathetic "rooters." 4
Another has mastered the art of pitching to a
degree that would surprise or.c unfamiliar with
her prowess. She can stand almost Btil] ai;d
pitch an overhand curve that would puzzle even
■in expert batsman, and she '-an vary, appar
ently at will, the speed of an outcurve delivered
from the height of her shoulder.
Another peculiarity of the sport as practised
by these girls is that all the false motions and
feints cultivated by boys ar» eschewed. The
pitcher delivers all of her curves from poses so
graceful and so devoid of unnecessary pod] mo
tion as to create an Impression that there Is no
speed In the ball; but woe betide the stranger
who tries to stop the sphere without, at the In
stant of Impact, drawing back the hands. One
of this graceful little maiden's pitches can dis
locate a finger or clip off a thumbnail, notwith
standing the fact that the ball leaves her hand
with no other body motion than a step forward
with one foot and a half a turn, which allow
h»*r to follow the flight of the sphere, standing
squarely behind, and with the hand that gave
it impulse extended almost straight in front of
her body.
The girl catcher, too, is very graceful in her
work. When she leaps up after a ball that is
too high to be taken with both hands her feet
are close together, with the toes pointing almost
straight toward the ground, one foot being
slightly advanced. The unemployed hand has
three fingers half closed and the index finger
pointing upward. Her head is thrown backward
as the ball touches her hand, and_she descends
on her toes with the slightest possible bend of
the knees, throwing the ball as she gains a dm
footing. Strangers passing when these girls are
at play invariably pause to admire their graceful
movements, but, unless they are women, th*
sport ceases as soon as the show of outsi.le in
terest ia observed. If a boy attempts to Join it
the game, unless he be a brother of one of the
girls, or one of three or four favored acquaint
ances, the sport is at an end.
"Gee! Cant that girl catch!" exclaimed an
admiring urchin the other day. 'Td like to | I
Into that game, but it's no use. I'd rather pi.iy
with that flock o' girls than with any gang •■"
boys in town; but they won't stand for it. IM
give my bicycle to be a brother to one of 'em.
but I ain't, and my Bister ain't in their set. Too
see. sir, I comes along and doffs my cap to 'em,
runs for a passed ball and tosses it to their
pitcher, and she just looks at me long enough
to say "thanks/ and that's as far as I g'ts. Then
some o" my gang comes along, and the c*xne\
called on account o' frost. They don't look nia.l
nor say nothin." but just disappear into at many
basements aa there is giris. and that's the end."
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