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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 27, 1920,
. Oil PHONE SERVICE
Tells Why System Faile d on
Night of Sigma Alpha
WIRE .WAS BROKEN
Much of Article Devoted to
Alleged Inaccuracies on
k Part of Missourian.
Editor the Missourian: That the
Columbia Telephone system tailed to
give efficient service the night the Sig
ma Alpha Epsilon house burned'is per
fectly clear, andhere has been no
effort to deny or evade responsibility.
But that there was no service from
U:; td 12:20 is untrue, though it may
be some people tried to get service
during that time and failed.
Miss Ruth Rollins volunteered the
Information, that when she discovered
the fire she called central and got the
operator almost instantly. After re-
, porting the fire she asked her father.
C. IS .Rollins, what time It was, and,
after looking, he- said it was "3 min
utes to 12."
Shortly afterwards Mrs. Rollins
made five or six calls, and says she
experienced no trouble, and 'got very
The operator says she immediately
tailed the fire department, but got no
answer, and supposed they had gotten
previous noUce and had gone to the
fire. We have no reason to think the
operator would, tell an untruth. She
did not seem to want to evade respon
sibility for failure to give others serv
ice, but there is at least a partial ex
cuse for her failure, of which she did
Telephone Connection Broken.
In making a thorough examination
of the apparatus, we found one con
nection broken which cut out and
rendered Inoperative the night alarm,
and also the large pilot lamps, leav
ing only the very small lamps asso
ciated with the answering Jacks to at
tract attenUon. and which are not con
spicuous unless one Is directly in front
Mr. Rollins' number, 248, Is on the
central position at which the night
oaerator remains as the ,moat con
venient position from "which to answer
calls. She of course depends npon
the night bell alarm and the pilot
lamps, which are much larger and
more conspicuous than the Jack
lamps. But, as explained above, one
of the wires connecting this apparatus
was iouna Drosen, rendering ine uen
and Pilot lamps all inoperative.
' The operator, being at the position
where Miss Rollins' signal came in.
she of course saw it and answered im
mediately. But Mr. Brown's number,
692, is two positions away; Dr. Man
ly's. 831. is three positions away;
Professor EUlfTs, 1184, Is four, and
Mr. Sykes' number, 1284, is five posi
tions from the position at which the
operator was located. So that it is
entirely probable the operator never
saw the little Jack lamps, and there
fore, of course, failed to give service.
which we deeply regret, and shall use
everv human endeavor to avoid a
But there are probably more than a
half million wire connections in tms
telephone system, and the most ordi
nary mind will understand that It is
absolutely Impossible to examinethem
every day to see that they are Intact
So that white this break in the con
nection was unfortunate It was clear
ly unavoidable, and was certainly not
In its issue of Tuesday the Missou
rian quotes Professor EllifT and Mrs.
Sykes as trying to get central for 15
minutes, but failed, and then adds.
"C. B. Rollins made a similar statement."
Treat Mis Potter Said.
Mr. Rollins voluntarily called at my
office and authorized me to say he
never had any conversation with the
Missourian Tuesdar about the matter,
end that as a matter of, fact he never
attempted to use the telephone tne
night of the fire. The Missourian In
the same issue further says:
"Miss Potter, chief operator, would
make no statement,''
When the reporter asked Miss Pot
ter about the matter she frankly told
him she could not tell him anything
about it; that she did not know there
had been a fire until she came to the
office, and that the night operator had
gone off duty when ahe came. The
reporter then asked where the night
operator was. Miss Potter promptly
answered: "Oh, she's at home asleep,
and I would hate to awaken her; but
she'll come on duty at 9:30 tonight.
and I'll be here and investigate the
matter" Miss Potter added that he
was much surprised when told there-
had been a fire and that she naa noi
Does this look like "Miss Potter,
chief operator, would make no state
" mentr Didn't she make all the state
ment she could truthfully make?
It is the chief operator's Invariable
rule in case of fire day or night to not
only see that the fire department is
i4.i.t. .nii K.,f flin to call and
notify persons interested In the .lm- to wait on
mediate locality of the fire, as nearly
as possible. When asked why she did
not call the chief operator, the night
operator said she didnt know; that
she. was excited and overlooked doing
bo, which was of course a failure of
The Missourian of Wednesday says:
"Miss Ida Potter, chief operator of
the Columbia Telephone Company, to
day repudiated all responsibility for
the delay w&lch is said to have caused
the fire to get beyond control."
Beferred to the Manager.
When the reporter asked the chief
operator about the matter, she said to
tne reporter: "See the manager. He
Is going to make a statement" The
reporter replied that she was sent to
interview the chief operator, not the
manager, and left the office.
Does this look like the chief opera
tor attempted to repudiate responsi
bility for failure of service?
The Missourian In same connection
"a B Rollins said today that he
was able to reach central after 'a lit
Mr. Rollins voluntarily authorizes
me to say further that he said nothing
of the kind, and that as a matter of
feet he did not attempt to use the tele
phone the night of the fire. On the
contrary he says he explained to the
reporter that members of his family
had used the telephone very satisfac
torily several times the night of the
fire, giving the hour of the use, as re
So there jou are.
The others mentioned may be cor
rectly quoted. We haven't tried to
But isn't It bad enough to have had
a fa'lure in service without having ihe
case prejudiced by misstatements,
which, seem quite as culpable as fall
ire to give telephone service?
However, as further illustrating the
Imperfections of humanity, and the a!
solute impossibility of avoiding mis
takes, turn to the first page of the
Missourian of Wednesday, large head
lines, top of third column, and read:
Decrease of 887 in Boone County.
. PEE, AGED
Prominent Resident Died at
1 1 O'clock Last Night
j 111 Five Days.
Woman Was Active in City's
rublic and bocial Life
For Forty Years.
With three daughters and a few
friends at her bedside, Mrs. A. M.
McAfee, 79 years old, died at
her home at 1112 Broadway, at 11
o clock last night after being uncon
scious since Saturday morning- when
she was stricken with Diaralyisls.
The funeral .will be held at resi
dence at 11 o'clock tomorrow morn
ing -under Presbyterian direction. The
Daughters of the American Revolu
tion will attend. Burtel will be in
Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. Ky.
Three of four -surviving daughters,
Mrs. Jennie Bates of She(byille, Tenn,
Mrs. Lucy Brewer of Harrodsburg.
Ky, ana .Miss Mary McAfee of Colum
bia will accompany the body of their
mother to Louisville tomorrow after
coon. The other daughter, Mrs. Ellen
uaurtney of Berkley, (HI, will not
arrive, for the services here.
Mrs. McAfee was & leading figure
n toiiiiunia and Boone Touaty so
cial ll'e fa- the last forty year.). Sb
as a mtniDtr of the Daughters cf
the American Revolution, the Tues-
ear Club and the Presbyterian
Church. She in remembered by many
as an active supporter to and contri
butor to public enterprises.
In June. 1919, Mrs. McAfee suffer
ed a minor stroke of paralysis, but
this did not confine her to her home.
Anita Mayo McAfee was the daugh
ter of, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Alexander.
She was born near Brandenburg,
Meade County, Ky, February 14, 1841
FAMINE AND DEATH
Men, Women and Children
Flee to East Prussia by
FOOD CAUSES FIGHTS
Bolsheviki Reported Gain
ing Labor Asks Britain
Hj United Press
BERLIN, Aug. 27. FUmlne and
death are stalking In the path of the
fleeing Bolshvlkl las they cross the
border Into East Prussia by the
thousands. 'The men are accotnjUn'ed
by their wives and children.
German officials lave established
soup kitchens In order to care for the
emUciated women and children as
they come across the border. Wild
cries and screams are heard as the
women and children fight among
themselves for the food which is of
fered to. them.
WEATHE R-Generallv Fair
Pu r.i..ki. m . . ..
For Mlitoni-l: 4?nrii. .. . . .
Seit-orJ.?""" BOt m,"h '" l tS!
., . Watfc Cndltins.
Mostly fair wratner bas prrrall-M i lh.
country from Missouri an 1 kanw, i.Alf
east, and weal: local ibon baVe,n.'
In parta of the southern sretions
Temprratam are moderate to "iu.
able lu all parts of the UnltM WtT"
Tne Ms-nest temperatore In ColnniM,
yesterday was M); and tbe lot ',
nlsbt a K. I'm-lnltaiiAn nm . -'"
ayo yesterday tbe hlznrst temperature was
?""I ,De lownt. w..?- '"clpltatloii
007. hnn rose today SAi n. Han -.
'1S p. m. Moon arts 3 41 i. m.
and wiaji prinraifH t fr A?rJft' !.
Asrcica.Be 01 obi in uoone i&unty. .- ..- ...-
rt.... . , .. . vate seminarv. LAutfivHIe Tfv Af-
"" icjjuri gives population 01 z,- . " '
646; Decreases 2,970 In 10 years." ,er SDendinR girlhood at Owens
Wouldn't It seem that tbe editor, m- boro and Lou'svil'e. Ky, she went to
even we pumisner, ol a paper pub
lished as a means of educating stu
dents In newspaper work, and de
manding so nearly perfection in tele
phone service, should have known
these latter-figures wersx intended to
indicate per cent of decrease, thus:
Decreases 2.970 per cent In 10 years!
But a mistake .In telephone service
seems monstrous. Or are telephone
operators expected to be more intelli
gent, truthful and efficient than peo
ple engaged in newspaper work?
As to Telephone Service.
And then, after all, while the great
majority are reasonable and kind.
arent some of us prone to expect a'
little too much of the telephone serv
ice? Why should we expect a higher
degree of efficiency in telephoqe serv
ice than is found In other lines? We
frequently have to wait on railroad
trains, wait for our mall, sometimes
delayed hours and days: wait in
stores, banks, restaurants, and offices
before we) can receive attention; some
times go all over town hunting for
articles that shonld be found In any
store handling such articles; wait till
almost noon for supplies needed for
the noon meal, and then sometimes
known to sew np their instruments In
patients operated on; nurses have
erroneously administered doses that
killed the patient; Napoleon's guard
fell asleep at his post on the eve of
battle; even the reporter for the Mis
sourian voluntarily admitted to the
writer that be had himself fallen
asleep not once, but three times, while
on. duty, and yet Jjothing was said of
this In the Missourian article em
phasizing the fact that subscribers had
trouble getting central. If soldiers on
guard fall of their duty when the pen
alty is death, is it any wonder that an
operator may sometimes succumb to
the frailties of humanity and fall of
duty? We have been conducting this
service m6re than 2.2 years, giving
fire-alarm service all these years, and
this la the only failure in all that tune,
which would seem to be a fairly good
i-xYint when comnared with other en
deavor, we have 30,000 to o,bwi caiir
St. Louis to live. On October 22,
1862, she wag married to James P.
McAfee of Columbia. They lived here
lor a short time and then moved to
Sbepherdsville. Ky, but returned in
1870 to Columbia where they spent
tne.remarnoer or tneir lives, air. Mc
Afee died in 1911.
Mrs. McAfee Ss- survived by four
daughters and three brothers, the
latter all living In Xew York.
The McAfee residence at 1112
Broadway was built In 1877. Situa
ted on a high terrace at tbe end of
a long walk from the street, is Is a
landmark of the Columbia of half a
MUM0 Bolsheviki Captured.
WARSAW, Aug. 27. Eighty thous
and Bolshevist prisoners Wive been
taken to date by the Polish armies,
according to an official communique
which was receHed this morning.
Bolthrvlkl Galnlns; on Eastern Front I
Hy United Press
MOSCOW. Aug. 27. According to a
communication received here today
two divhdons of the Bolshevist army
along the eastern front hae launch"
ed a counter-attack and are report
ed to be "making gains.
ANNUAL REPORT READ
Community Council Hears of
Work Done by Its
Want Britain to Interfere.
By United Press
LONDON", Aug. 27. The Labor par
ty here is demanding that the British
government take la hand in the Rus-
so-Pollsh sit nation and take steps
which lead to -peace.
Has Trt-Thlrd of Reds' Guns.
By United Press
LONDON. Aug. 27. Two-thirds of
the entire number of guns which have
teen used by the Bolsheviks against
the Poles have been captured by the
Poles, according to a statement which
Ws published here today. ,
the Ume it claims any one failed to
get telephone service. But I have no
doubt the publishers did 'about the
best they could In these trying times
of doing things. And when one does
his best, he does well: angels do no
True, the Columbia service Is not!
sausiactory, ana nasm neen tor two
years. It is also true we have worked
a good deal harder to give service dur
ing the past two years of indifferent
service than was necessary during the
not get them? Surgeons have been preceding years when Columbia serv-
W0lT,n STOP BAB CHECKS '
Sprimrstan Said It Would Be His
Fbt Official Art If Elected.
Humphreys Springstun, Republican
candidate for prosecuting attorney of
Boone County. le(t this morning to
make a speaking tour of Linn and
Sullivan Counties In behalf of the Re
publican national speaker's bureau.
He will be gone 'a week, campaigning
in the larger cities of both counties.
Springstun who is known locally
.who said that if elected his first of
ficial act as prosecuting attorney of
Boone County would be to stop the
tad check habit In Columbia.
"At four o'clock in the afternoon
following the day that I took office 1
would notify all the merchants and
business men m Columbia to collect
all their bad checks and bold them
subject to delivery to me. At 5
o'clock In the afternoon of the same
day I wouta send out the police force
That Is little consolation. " , '. . V7T .7VTT
,i i .u ,. ' ly begin action against the individuals
who Arote them.' said the Republi
The Community Council met last
night at the Commercial Club rooms
to hear the final reports of its com
mittees for the work done during the
last year. .Mrs. Emily Harshe. presi
dent of the Council, presided. Mrs.
J. E. Thornton, treasurer read her
Mrs. James Cordon, chairman of the
garden club committee, gave her sum
mary of the year's work. She said
they bad given two large flower shows
in Columbia, and one was reported
to have been much better than any
that had been, given la Kansas City.
Dr. T. W. Young, chairman of the
Health committee, gave his report
telling of the work they had done.
Dean Walter Miller, chairman of
th committee on patriotism, reported
on, the two big celebrations on Feb
ruary 22, and November 11.
Mrs. J. G. Babb, chairman of the
child welfare committee, gave an In
teresting report. The baby show was
given under the supervision of this
The yearly report of the Columbia
Public Library was read by Mrs. Ro
sa Ingels, chairman of the Library
Committee. It shows' that 6,571
books of adult fiction were circula
ted. Children read 3,577 books. Ju-I
veniles and adults both read 2,791
books which were not fiction. The
new books of fiction renting out
for a penny a day were out 234
times, netting a sum of $8X2. The ex.
penditures were J39 40. Fines for
delinquent books amounted to $62.40.
Friends have contributed 676 books.
The library has purchased 39 books.
A nominating committee to nominate
officers for the coming year, consist
ing of the following: Chairman; Mrs.
Emily Harshe, -Mrs. James Gordon,
Mrs. J. E. Thornton, Dean Walter Ml!
ler and Will Garth was appointed.
The next meeting wlU be held Sep-,
tember 16 to elect officers.
DENY CM. CHARGES
Hays Claims Governor Fail
ed to Prove Assertions
m His Speech.
Claims Business Interests Are
Attempting to Buy the
By United Press
Co Y0,KK. Aug. 27."Of course
Covernor Cox failed to prove his
naflLi-8- Sirtt at KSburgh. Hfe
ha, fa ed so far and he will conUnue
to fall. His charges are -simply
false," raid will H.. ,h.i "I.
th Republican national' committee In
peakb,g of Governor Cox's speech
at Pittsburgh last night in which Cox
declared that he would prove the
11" b has Main
!k . R!f?",can Partr fa regard to
their J15.000.000 campaign fund
Other prominent Republican " lead
ers declared here today that all fig
ures which Cox produced last night
are false and that there will be no
large campaign fund such as that"
charged by Cox. In discussing Cox's
speech they went on to .-. ih. .
had made two (separate charges. First
that the Republican nartv in raisin."
a JlS.000,000 campaign fund and, sec-
vmi. mat semsii business Interest
had paid millions into the funds or
the Republican party In an attempt
to buy the presidency. Thev said
that Cox has proved nothing. That all
mat uox has stated has been
hearsay and thai he has no
In speaking of the large funds
which, the Republican committee has
asked for from different sources, the
members of the committee said that
the amounts had been made purpose
ly large In order that they would
get en amount which is necessary.
They said that in some caseb three
times the amount wanted or expected
had been askrj for in order that he
proper amount would be forthcoming.
They also declared that only one-
third of the amount raised In the dif
ferent states would go to the natlodal
CeIMe Igwnaat ef Fua.
By United Press
BOSTON, Aug. 27. overnor Cal
vin Coolidge, candidate for the vice
presidency on the Republican. ticket;
today. In commenting on the figures
wtdcfa Cox declares he has In regard
to the Republican campaign fund,
said, "I know nothing to warrant
such charges. No such plans have
been made to my knowledge.
ice was admittedly the best in the
however, since nearly all service Is
poor in all lines. Hence It is not fair
to compare present service with the
service before the demoralixaUon
caused by the war. But that is our
standard and we shall bring our erv
ice up to that standard, or wear our
selves out trying. In the meantime.
remember that telephone operators
are human, just like other people, and
they couldn't be perfect if they would;
and they are not always as nearly
perfect as they might be, which we
sincerely regret, but we do bellevo
they will compare favorably with em
ployes in other lines. We at least
strive to have them so. Remember St
Paul said. "When I would do good,
vil is with me. I expect most of us
are in a similar fix. Hence don't ex
pect too much of the telephone. But
if you do not get reasonably good
every day. Is it reasonable to expect """; """ " v "
fw all Uiese call, can be handled in- "r h other lines, report promptly
that all these calls can
stantlr and without some misunder
standings, with three people connect
ed with each call? And each call in
volves much Intricate apparatus! Ana
if the operator were perfect there
would still be some trouble, because
n the trouble Is not by any means
,i'n tolhe operators, nor to the ap-
Operators Ifot Perfect.
However, the operators are not per
fect, and we shall never be able to
get perfect .operators, because there
r no oerfect people left on .earth:
they are all gone. Even our local news-
.,itn excellent as mey ut,
sometimes delayed In getting out and
we have to wait for them, someUmes
an hour or two .and occasionally some
subscribers are not served at alL Even
the very oar the Missourian featured
our fallure-co give sr.. -tourlan
did not reach my house unUI
It was too dark to reau. bo iu
to the chief operator, and then it the
trouble is not corrected, report to the
manager. We appreciate such re-
nnrfi nthprvlaA wa mar never know
of tbel trouble, and have no opportu
nity to correct It.
(Note: In the foregoing article by J.
A. Hudson, president of the Columbia
TelephonexCompany, In which he tells
of the failure of the company to give
service the night of tbe fire, the Mis
sourian is accused of two inaccuracies
In its account of the fire. The Mis
sourian told of five persons who tried
to get central and failed. Of the five
Mr. Rollins is the only one who now
says be was able to get an answer.
The day following it was noted in the
paper that central was obtained from
Mr. Rollins' home. It is charged tnat
the Missourian was Incorrect in stat-
TO ACCOMODATE EX-SOLBKBS
Sergt. KcCall ta Distribute Blank
for Xedals at Reunion.
All former service men who have
not applied for their Victory Medal
are urged to bring their discharge
papers to the reunion of former ser
vice men at Evans Park, SeptemberJ
ii. sergt. V. C. McCall of the local
recruiting station will be there with
the necessary blanks to apply for the
medals, and the American Legion will
have a notary on hand to attest the
copies of the discharges.
Arrangements are being made to
care for a large crowd the day of the
reunion. It Is estimated that there
are about 1,500 former service men
In Boone County, not including those
attending the University. Officials of
the Legion believe that a great ma
jority of these men will be present
at the reunion.
Eighth Federal Reserve Dis
trict -Reports Business
ST. L0UIS, Mo, Aug. 27. The gen
eral trend of things Indicate much
more definite steps toward readjust
ment than have been noted any time
since the ending of the World War,
according to the monthly report of
the Eighth Federal' Reserve District
which was made public here today.
Tbe entire report is optimistic and
points to better business conditions
which are to follow shortly. It
points out that there is a greater
abundance of goods and that those
things which hare been scarce dur
ing the past have now become plen
tiful and they will be more so
In a short Ume. Competition has
sprung up among producers to dis
pose of their merchandise and
Haratar Wo Talk.
By United Press
MARION, Aug, 27,-Senator Hard
ing declined to make any statement
in regard to the charges of Cox. He
said that K would be much more be
coming for him to leave that to
Chairman Hays of the Republican na
tional committee, who Is In New-York.
(ITT CHILDKEX EXCEIL
JfenUMly Test Show Them (o Bank
Above CoaatzT Tooths.
Figures obtained from mental and
physical tests of many thousands of
school children are set forth, with
suggestions for making further tests.
by William H .Pile, assistant pro
fessor of educational psychology in
the University, In a revision of Ids
"Manual for the Mental and PhvsTcal
Examination of School Children," a
bulletin oust published by the exten
sion department of the University.
The object of the tests Is to enable
the teacher to know her pupils, ac
cording to Professor Pyle. as the
the I mental age of a child does not al-
market now, instead of being one for ways correspond to his actual age.
the wller. Is said to be one for the In physical tests, city and country
The report went on to say that the
crop (stlmate for this district is enor
mous. There is very litUe unemploy
ment In this district at the present
time. Employment conditions are
sold to be good and that all who want
work can get it with no trouble. The
report concluded by saying that the
conditions as a whole are strong ana
In that Miss Potter would make no
statement. This was Intended to mean
that "Miss Potter would not say what
It a good deal longer than I was the cause of the failure.)
SELECTED ASSOCIATE EDITOR
CIieo Qulrino, Senior la School of
Journalkm, Has Sew York PosWea.
XSiseo Qulrino, a Filipino student
in the School of Journalism, has been
appointed an associate editor of the
Filipino Herald, a newspaper publish
ed in New York City, by the Filipino
student body of that city. Qulrino
was the former editor-ln-chlef of the
Philippine University Varsity, which
post he left to accept the four year
scholarship in the American univer
sities offered by the Philippine gov
ernment. He Is a senior student In
the School of Journalism.
Story Hour at I O'clock.
The children's story hour will be
at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon a
the Public Library.
CURATORS JIEET HERE
o Session of Board Called for Kansas
City as Published.
The Executive Board of the Univer
sity and the Board of Curators are to
meet in Columbia next Wednesday, not
as erroneously stated in yesterday's
Columbia Tribune, in Kansas City.
Two FHWaos Arrive.
minim. Laxarte and Manuel Le-
laueo. Manila High School graduates,
rrtrnrt vesterdey to attend the
University. They expect to study
meriMne. The tots" number of Fili
pino students this fall will be twelve.
Cooper Coaaty Beereases.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 27. The cen
sus bureau today announced Cooper
County. Mo, 19,308, a decrease of 1,
003 or 4 4 per cent
children rank about the saae, ac
cording to the bulletin, but the city
children excell In mental measures.
Girls, as a rule, show a better mental
development than boys or the same
SI55 FEI!fEB9 BURN TOWX
Three Penoas Baraed to Death la
By United Press
BELFAST? Aug. 27. The entire
business section of the town of Dun
fulk la reported to have been burned
by the Sinn Felners In retaliation
against the Unionists who are report
ed to have burned tbe greater part of
the town of Llsburn. Thirteen per
sons were trapped in a store building
and three were burned to death.
COXflKESSXAN JtESISTS ASKEST
Cajffemlsa Attacked hy Korean Police
While Haklaa; Address.
By Usttad Frets,
SEOUL. Korea, Aug. 27. Congress-
man Hersaman of California today re
sisted an attack upon him by the Ko
rean police in an attempt to arrest
him and take him from the building
where he was making an address. He
demanded the release of several Ko
reans who bad ben arrested because
they were there-attending the addresab
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