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TIIK KANSAS CITY .lOt'HXAL, THURSDAY, Jl'LY I, iflOa
WHAT THE WOMEN SAY
About the SUPERIOR SERVICE Furnished by the
MISSOURI AND KANSAS TELEPHONE GO.
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LETTERS OP COMMENDATION PROM PROMINENT VVOHEN OF KANSAS CITY, WHO REGARD THE TELEPHONE. A HOUSEHOLD NECESSITY.
Kansas City people who use the telephone in different parts of the country are unanimous in the statement that the service furnished by the Missouri and Kan-.is Company is unexcelled. J lie new switchboard recently installed in the r,oni
pa's building at Sixth and Wyandotte streets is the most complete and modern apparatus of the kind manufactured, In fitting up the new Exchange the company has been most liberal in providing conveniences for the telephone girls. The
Ehangc is open at all times, day and night, and subscribers arc welcome to inspect the switchboard at their convenience. It is onu of thu sights of thu city. Talu your friends and sec thu central office in operation.
In addition to the 2,700 local subscribers in Kansas City, more than 3,000 other subscribers in the neighboring cities can be reached from any subscriber's instrument, over the company's Long Distance lines. This practically brings Topeka,
Iiwrcncc, St. Joseph, Leavenworth, Scdalia and a number of other points into one large exchange. The company operates about 1,200 miles of Long Distance line. The system is constantly being extended, and it will not be long until the bus
icss man of Kansas City can talk with his correspondent in St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Boston and important intermediate points. Thu long distance lines ate reaching out from city to city, tying each to the other until already more than one.
tilf of the people of the country can talk with each other, and conversation between New York and San Francisco is one of the telephonic probabilities of the near future. The company encourages the use of the telephone by bona fide subscribe
rs, but there is a large number of persons who, by Using their neighbors' instruments, obtain their service for nothing and interfere with the service to legitimate subscribers. Sonic of these people even place their neighbors' telephone number on
heir business cards and wagons, and come to regard it as a part of their stock in trade. These poisons impose upon subscribers, for while they are using the telephone it may be (and often is) called for by a prospective customer, and being re
ported "busy," the subscriber may lose an order for goods. With this class of users out of the way, the number of busy lines would be materially reduced and the service to regular subscribers considerably expedited. The blue bell is fast be
coming a familiar sign in all cities and towns throughout the country. It marks the location of a special telephone pay station, where non-telephone subscribers can obtain service at a small cost without annoying and "sponging" off their neigh
bors who pay for a telephone for their own business. To provide telephone facilities for the occasional user, the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company has established a number of these public pay stations in Kansas City and neighboring
exchanges. These stations are equipped with -double copper wire circuits, long distance apparatus and special sound proof booths from which the most satisfactory service can be obtained. Comparatively few subscribers rcali.e how often their
telephone is used. By an ingenious arrangement a count can be made of the number of outward and inward calls over any instrument and some of the results of such a count are surprising. Cases are ftcqucitt where the telephone is used from
fifty to 0110 hundred times per tlay. One Instrument wns recently used 1TI times between T 11. In. it ml li p. in. The annual cost nf service at this Instrument is $73 per utimim. Tim cost per day twenty cents, ami per call one-ninth of n cent. I lie average number of calls per tele
phono per clay throughout, the lxctmngc Is in, anil tlgurlng nil Instruments ut the higher rute of twenty cents per day brings the cost per Interview to one cent nut! one-third, or less than the cost of postage, to say nothing of the advantages of n personal interview at each call and
the snvlng of time and energy tlmt en 11 scarcely be computed, In nddltloli to the service furnished Kansas City subscribers the Company furnishes the city with lire alarm service, during the last year 71s alarms were turned In. Statistics show that while Kansas ( Ity hns 11 larger
number of alarms thnn other cities of the same grade, tlio flro loss Is smaller than In other cities of like, class. Chief Hale says tills Is due to the. promptness with which alarms are turned In by the telephone company and to the accurate location given of the lire, which enables tlio
firemen to run to the correct street and number, nnd get to worlc before tho lire gains headway. Kvery telephone in the city Is n lire alarm station, ami the central olllce gives lire calls preference over all oilier business. The company has about 'inn women lit lis employ regularly,
am several exchanges are. wholly In charge of women. Men nrc needed for the henvy uork of building lines, etc., hut for tho delicate task of operating the switchboard, tactful, patient women are necessary. Tho professional man prefers the telephone to a messenger boy, us be
ing much more prompt and less expensive. The mere limit adds 11 telephone to his equipment and by it.s use saves valuable time, which is equivalent to money in tills age of development. The progressive woman Muds tho telephone 11 household necessity, an I'eouoini.er of time and
cntrgy nnd a protection against lire, tramps and burglars. The managers of tile women's edition of the ,lournnl made Inquiry among tho women of Kansas City who use thu telephone as to the value of telephone service In connection with housekeeping. Head in the following
lcUcrs what some of the prominent- women of the city say on tlio subject!
As Essontlnl as tho Ran;o or Rofrlgorator.
Tlio housekeeper of to-day llnils the telephone as essential a part of tho house
furnishing us the range and the refrigerator.
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A Houso Without a Tolophono Soems Incomplete.
To Mm. .'. 11. Smith-
In this progressive ago a house without a tolophone scorns incomplete.
Saves Many Hours for tho Homo.
Tho telephone has saved mc much timo and many hours for home.
Its Possession a Pleasure.
I cheerfully testify to tho usefulness and pleasure of our telephone.
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Tho Tolophone a Great Resource.
To Mrs. C. U- Smith.
1 should consider myself deprived of my greatest rcsoureo if I were deprived
of tho telephone.
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Can Market Without Stepping Outside
To Mrs: C. II Smith.
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The Conveniences in a Well Appointed Houso Include
Dkai: Maiia.m: The list of conveniences in a well appointed houso includes
a telephone, and to the busy woman of tho presect day it is almost indispensable.
A Friend to tho Tolophono Girl.
I take this opportunity of baying that my ejperienee with tlio tolophono girls
leads me to regard them as a worthy class of woiiou. 1 have always found thorn
to bo courteous and obliging and ready to rcsroud to any reasonable demands
made upon them by subscribers. In many imtances tho shortcomings of tho
subscriber are of 'gctl to tho central ollico girl when sho is in no wise to blame.
If subscribers would put themselves in ho- place nnd remember that tlio
golden rule can bo applied as successfully over, the telephone as by any other
means, they WOUIU nave icsa reiwuu w tuiuiu.iiuui mc luiupuunu gin.
The Service Satlslactory.
DF.An Mapa.m: Our tulophone is a great comenieneo nnd wo find tho service
satisfactory, but a way should bo found to rvnufe the unsightly poles and wires
from our improved streois. uurnciguuors, mumi. uuu nuiimr, nave accompiisncu
this by putting tlio wires under the streots. Xo' that Kansas City has begun to
beautify somo of her avenues, why can't wo (lis
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A-Great Economizoraf Time.
Wojik.n'r KniTiox or -nir, .Iouhnai.: Vo fesitated about putting in a tele,
phone for somo timo, because of tho expense, Int now that we have ono wo find
"It such a very great convenience and economize! of time that we would not want
to bee it removed. Yours respectfully,
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"Could Not Bo Comfortable Without a Toaphone m the House."
Wo could not bo comfortable without n telophon hi tho house. It saves many
a trip to tho grocery for biipplies ami for emejjeneies Is much better than a
It Annihilates Dstace,
MtntJi: During the 'World's Fair, the nuisicallircclor, Mr. Theodore Thorn-
nS wanted a soprano singer for n special occasin. No ono could be found in
iVicairo with a voice to suit tlio great conductor lie called up his New York
.int bv tlio Long Distance Telephone and had pveral singers try their voices
r the line Mr. Thomas listened ut the Chicpo end am! selected the singer
bavin" a voice suitable for his purpose, who reacljM Chicago the uext evening in
time to take pari n " i. v. .-..
Would Bo Difficult to Do Without It.
To Mr. ('. ,. Smith.
Having known tho convenience of the telephone it would bo very dllllcult to
do without It
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Bonotlts Too Numerous to Enumorato.
Mr. C, I'. Smith, JK.tlur.sv Miinmjcr .tnurnnt.
Maium: You ask about thu uso wo make of our telephone )t would be
quite a task to enumerate all of tlio beni'lit.s wo derive from It, but thoy arc so
numerous that, a would not like to part with it. Very respectfully,
"Invaluable as a Saver of Time, Strength and Nerves."
To Mm. C. .'. Shi If i.
To a business woman, and In fact wo are all business women nowadays, tho
telephone is invaluable as a savor of time, strength and nerves.
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A Groat Social Convonionco.
To ,1r.i. C. .'. Smith.
Wo find tlio telephone a great convenience socially, as in many things pertain
ing to housekeeping.
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"Brings a Sense of Security Not Otherwiso Experienced."
One can scarcely enumerate tlio bcnelits of a tolophono in the house. It en
ables one to accomplish so very much more each day nnd tho knowledge that with
it tho polico and II ro departments are within quick rcacli brings a sense of secur
ity not otherwise experienced.
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"The Houso Would Be Incomplete Without It."
Wo arc well pleased with our telephone and with the service rcccivif' Tlio
house would be iiicomploto without it and the uork of housekeeping would bu
matt rially increased. ,
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It Koops Away Tramps.
Wo use tho telephone for a. thousand and ono purposes and would not want to
bo without it. Trumps seem to avoid residences where there isa telephone, which
makes it even more valuable.
"It Puts Us in Such CI030 Touch With tho World."
Dbais Mas. Siii in: Your inquiry about tho telephone service we enjoy is
Wo have had a telephone for several years and have coino to regard it as a
household necessity. It puts us in such eloso touch with the world nud haves bo
much time and one'rgy that 1 do not see how wo could kcop houso successfully
without it. Yours truly.
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"Vary Convoniont for Reaching Our Frlontls Socially."
Mrs. C. ,'. Smith, lluslitciH Muiiitycr 'imcn.',i IliUUnn Kuiimix t'itu Juiirwtl.
Dl.Ali Madam: In reply as to our telephone, I wish to say that It is Mich a
convenience that wo should not want to do without it.
1 use it in many ways in connection with the housework, and we find it very
convenient for reaching our friends socially. Very truly yours,
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"The Longor Wo Have a Tolophono tho Moro Valuable
Wo Find It."
III. All Maiiam: Tho longer wo have a telephone the more valuable wo find it
in connection witli housekeeping. It enables ouu to economize in time and labor
nnd to administer oue s allairs systematically.
Doctor, DruRRlst and Polico Always Within Call.
With a tolophono in the house tho doctor, tho druggist, the flro and polico de
partments are alwuys within call, and 1 often wonder how we used to got along
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"Tho Tolophono Ranks Among tho Groatost Homo Comforts."
IlKAll Maiiam: I beg to say in regard to your inquiry about the toluphouo
that with us the tolophono ranks among the greatest home comforts and wo would
regret very much to loso its assistance in the management of our household affairs.
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"Brings Moro Satisfaction Than a Horso and Carrlago."
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Okaii Miw. Smith:- I have had a telephone In my houso qiiitcnloug timo ami
uso it a great deal, it brings moro satisfaction than a horso and carriage. Yours
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A Convenience That Cannot Bo Overestimated.
We cheerfully testify to tho usefulness of tho telephone, and its convenience
cannot bo overestimated.
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A Groat Savor ol Timo and Strength.
In this ago of rush and worry, the telephone Is n great saver of timo and
btrcugtii. I would not know how to do without ours.
"A Boon to thu Busy Woman,"
Dr.Ali Maiiam: The telephone is, in tlio best sense, a boon to the busy woman
of I hoi present nge. With its assistance for a half hour each morning one can ar
range tlio household all'alrs for the entile day. Sincerely yours,
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"Saves an Infinito Amount of Fatiguo."
The busy women of to-day find the telephone a great time and labor saver. It
makes housekeeping much easier anil saves an lnliuitc amount ot latigue.
"Affords Very Groat Satisfaction."
Dn.nt Maiiam: thir telephone uiVords very great satisfaction and wo value it
as a household necessity.
"Would Not Bo Contented Without It." .
Tlio tolophone Is a necessity to busy women, and by its use do.cus f trips
down town are avoided. Wo would not be contented without it.
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Nono of tho Modern Appliances Contributes Such Roal Satisfaction.
Dn.Mi Maiiam: In this progressive ago tlio housewife tlmls many appliances
which toad to lighten the labor of housekeeping, but none contributes such real
satisfaction to tho busy woman as the telephone.
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Tho Source of Much Ploasuro and Comfort.
To Mrs. C. i:. Smith.
The telephone hab been a source of much pleasure as woll as great comfort in
A Pleasure to Mention Its Usefulness.
To Mn. U. E. Smith.
I take great pleasure In testifying to the usefulness of the telephone.
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"Tlio Greatest of Modern Convonioncos."
The day has surely come when ovory well regulated homo should be provided
with a tolopheue, the greatest of modern conveniences,
"Saves Wear and Tear on tho Nerves."
Our telephone, has been tho source of much pleasure as well ns of much serv
ice. We go to it for many purposes and always Dud it satisfactory. H makes
housekeeping comparatively easy and saves wear ami tear on the nerves. Soiiall v
it makes it easy to reach our friends for an impromptu entertainment.
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, "A Household Comfort."
Mn. I, J Smith, HiiHlncxs Mtiiumcr Women's Killtlon hihmo t'l( .lnunuil.
In answer to your inquiry about tlio use of the telephone, it, gives mo pleasure
to say that our service is entirely satisfactory, and Ilia', wo regard our telephone
as a great household comfort. Very trulv yours,
The Long Distanco Tolophono Especially Satisfactory.
I find the telephone of very great assistance in housekeeping. Tho new hong
Distanco Jnsli'umout wo now have is especially aattsfactory and I should uut want
to do without it.
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" Wo Rqgard tho Telephone a Household Necessity "
Deai; Maiiam i it is not too much to bay that we rogard our tolcphoiw as a
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The Telephone Girls Attend Closely to Business,
I recently visited tho now telephone exchange anil was very greatly surprised
at what 1 saw and heard. Instead of the telephone girls shouting through llio in
strument at subscribers, they bpeaU scarcely above a whisper. Tho girls are tidy
and nice looking uud attend closely to the business in hand. The company has
bupplicd them with every convenieiico in tho way of lunch rooms and retiring
rooms, so they may be comfortable while waiting their turns at the switchboard.
1 sought out the girl who answers our telephone and found her to be so kind that
1 have given up scolding when she replies, "talking uow."
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'The Mail IfQuick, the Telegraph is Quicker, but the Long Distance Telephone is Instantaneous, and You Don't Have to Wait for an Answer,"
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