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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 17, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 11

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device that measures wire mileage
through resistance.
A hurry call goes to the nearest
patrol this side of the break and a
muffled figure on snowshoes, kit
strapped to his back, fights into the
storm to locate "the trouble."
One of the most recent cases of a
"trouble shooter's" bravery to be re
corded is that of Ben Hunegardt, a
lineman at Easton, Wash.
The wires had gone down some
where east of Lake Keechelus. The
snow was deep and still falling. Line
man G. W. Hull had been dispatched
from Wolf's cabin, together with
Wolf ,to make repairs.
Then the wire chief at Seattle
noted a second break not long after
the two men had left. It was behind
them. They were cut off from all
communication with the outside
After waiting 20 hours to hear
from Hull and Wolf, the wire chief
sent out rescue parties from the
nearest points, east and west.
Hunegardt and a helper comprised,
one of these parties. In a few hours
the helper turned back. "You're a
fool to go on, Ben," he said. "I'm go
ing back." And he quit.
"All right, Bill," replied Hunegardt
briefly, plodding on into the storm,
searching for Hull and Wolf.
Night came and the blizzard closed
in about him. At midnight, half
dead, he saw part of a cabin roof
above the snow. It proved to be a
deserted shack, half smashed by the
weight of a. slide.
Crawling through the wreckage
Hunegardt managed to light a flame
in the fireplace and hang up his
dripping stockings to dry. The
warmth had made him 'drowsy.
When he awoke it was morning and
his socks had burned.
Thrusting his naked feet into icy
boots, he continued his seardh on
snowshoes, locating Hull and Wolf
in another deserted cabin about noon
of the second day.
They had. -broken their- snowshoes
and were helpless prisoners of 'the
They were not alarmed. They
waited with implicit confidence in
their brother linemen.
"We knew help would come," they
said, "either you, Ben, or some of
the other boys."
It is merely one of a hundred tales
written every year into the annals
of heroism by the wire patrol whose
duty it is to keep open the lines so
that your telephone or telegraph
message may not be delayed.
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He has just succeeded Gen. Sir
John Nixon as commander of the
British forces fighting the Turks in j
Mesopotamia in an attempt to res- 3
cue the 10,000 British troops report-? a
ed surrounded by Turks in Kut-el-Amara,
near "the Garden of Eden."
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Five per cent of the population of
this country earns its living dire&tly
or indirectly in the electrical busi- '
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