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Friday, December 11, 1942
Telephone Teamwork
Answering the call, the above telephone girls from Chicago,
Illinois, are some of many from all parts of the country
helping out in Washington during the ivar.
Washington, D. C., is the center of
a country at war: Nerves reach out
from it to every section of the tre- ,
mendous war effort. In January, 1941, 1
Washington long distance telephone
calls averaged 17,000 a day. Now there
are 34,000 and it is expected there will
be 45,000 a day by the end of 1942.
The long distance switchboards and
telephone circuits have been doubled.
Hundreds of operators have been
Telephone people from all parts of
the country have joined the telephone
forces in the nation’s capital to help
handle the enormous demand for serv
ice—from Des Moines, Minneapolis,
Omaha, Bridgeport, Cumberland, To
peka . . . from dozens of other towns
and cities throughout the nation.
Many of these men and women—
most of them, in fact—came on very
short notice. And when they arrived
(Continued from last week)
Weeks were passed by both men in
going over the route. Governor Wise
brought to bear every argument at
his command upon his colleague, buti
without avail. He was up against a;
stone wall. Realizing this, with mu-;
tual respect, they agreed to disagree
and so notified their governments.
The line was later located by a dif-i
ferent commission. Mr Guy Steele, a
lawyer from Baltimore County, was
the Maryland member. Not recogniz
ing the value of the fisheries in the
lower bay and Sounds, he allowed the
Virginia member to follow some of
the suggestions of Governor Wise
with the result that Maryland and:
Somerset County lost a part of |
Smith’s Island, all of Fox Island, the
great oyster rock known as Muddy
Marsh in Tangier Sound, and the val- j
uable crabbing flats from Green Har
bor Island to Robin Hood Bar in Po-;
comoke Sound, by the new line.
Leaving this subject, he spoke with
emotion of the Civil War, its hor
rors, the causes which led up to it
and the misery and hatred engendered
in the South by acts of Northern Car- j
pet Baggers during Reconstruction;
In closing he reviewed some of his !
official acts while Governor of Vir
ginia, including the trial and hanging 1
of John Brown at Harpers Ferry. In
a ringing voice he exclaimed: “Yes, I
hung him, and though it made me
many enemies in different parts of
the country, I would hang him again.”
Governor Wise failed to mention
In Store Room Formerly Occupied By
E. A. Merrill At Rear Of Peninsula
Pocomoke Phone 498
;in Washington they went directly to
work, with no delay and no lost time,
j They could do this because the job of
! operator, installer, cable splicer, re
pairman, switchboard man—whatever
the job might be—is the same in
Washington as it is in Fargo, North
Dakota, or anywhere else in the land.
They could do it because the whole
basis of Bell System organization is
such that when an emergency turns
up in one part of the country, men and
women, already trained, can be called
from the far corners of the nation, if
These men and women know their
jobs and are skilled in teamwork. And
their successful handling of the ex
traordinary demands for service in
Washington is one more example of
the determination of the men and
women of the Bell System to get the
message through.
j an episode in his career which caused
quite a sensation at the time all over
the country. As a member of Con
gress, one day angered by some act
or decision of Vice President Andrew
Johnson, whom he detested, he rushed
j across the Senate Chamber, grabbed
him by the ear and jerked him from
his chair to the floor. Wise hoped that
Johnson would resent the insult by
j a challenge and in the duel would get
an opportunity to kill him. Johnson
j challenged, but some of his friends;
; knowing that Wise had fought sev
eral duels and was a dead shot, ap-,
: pealed to the President, who in some
manner managed to smooth matters
over. Although Mr. Wise never apol
ogi ced, the duel never took place.
On Monday morning Governor
Wise, well wrapped up in coat, muf
fler, and short shoulder shawl, which
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j elderly men sometimes wore, entered
j his carriage and with his stove pipe
] hatted colored driver, left for the
! county seat.
After a fair night’s rest in com
pany with his client, he entered court,
‘ presented his credentials and an
nounced they were ready for trial. It
j was noticed that Governor Wise, when
|he came in, carried a large hook un
der his arm which he placed carefully
j upon the table before him as he sat
i down. To the astonishment of every
ibody, it turned out to be a Bible. As
i this was something unusual, they be
: gan wondering when and how he was j
| going to make use of it.
The trial started by the panelling j
of the jury which did not consume
jmuch time, as Governor Wise ehal-
I lenged only a few, contenting himself
! with looking the man over carefully
| before accepting him.
The lawyers representing the Exe
i cutors stated their case and what they
! expected to prove. Mr. Wise replied
! briefly, he did not attempt to deny
that Mr. Sehoolfield had made a will
and that its provisions were such as
claimed by the plaintiffs, but aid
1 that he would prove by competent
witnesses that the son, Ulysses, did
i not know the contents of his father’s
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y We salute you, men of Free State who have become fighters for a free
nation. Each week, 40% of your former salary here will be paid to your
families—by us—in humble and grateful appreciation and admiration
of your services to our nation. And this policy shall be kept up till you
come home with the Victory for which all America is striving with you! 4
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! will or where it was kept in his uncle’s
house. And it was the opinion of
everyone except the plaintiffs that
Mr. Schoolfield, after due reflection
realized that he was doing his son a
grave injustice and on one of his vis
its to the home of his brother and
knowing where all of his brother’s
private papers were kept, had himself
removed the will.
That afternoon and the next morn
ing were taken up by the examination
of witnesses. Mr. Wise seemed to
have recover-ed some of the old time
fire and was a master in tying up a
witness and getting the answer he de
: sired. One old fellow on leaving the
j witness stand remarked: “He can turn
1 you inside out. When he asks you a
: question, them eyes of his will make
! you answer his way, whether you
want to or not.’’
That afternoon, Mr. Purnell, for the
plaintiffs, made his plea to the jury.
He spoke for about one hour.
\ hen Mr. Wise arose to reply, he
turned to the table, picked up his
Bible, opened it, turned a page or two,
; then facing the court and jury, he be
gan: “Your Honors and gentlemen
of the jury, with your permission, I
! will read you a verse from this good
book—a book where all men can find
comfort and consolation in times of
stress.” It is said that before start
ling any important case, he always
: opened his argument or plea by read
ing a passage or verse from the Bible,
nd by ablation endeavored to make
the passage fit the case.
On this occasion his text was from
the 2Gth Chapter of St. Matthew, 3rd
and 4th verses, as follows: “And
Caiaphas the high Priest and the.
Scribes and Elders jealous of His in
fluence with the people and fearing
that he would become a ruler with
both power and riches they sought to
slay Him.”
During his address of more than:
two hours, you could have heard a pin j
drop. The old lion had regained his
strength and his roars at time shook
the rafters of the Court House. Dra
matically in closing, he likened Lish
| to a poor little orphan boy with the
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wolves snapping at his heels, trying
;to rob him of his rightful heritage.
When he sat down some of the jurors,
as well as many of the spectators,
were wiping their eyes. Gone was all
law. gone was all precedent. Such
was the magnetic eloquence of the
man that the whole room seemed
charged with emotional electricity.
The charge of the judge was short.
The jury retired and in five minutes
returned with a verdict for Lish. A
; few weeks after the trial, Mr. Wise
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died while on a visit to Richmond, Va.
Thus passed a great man. A man of
turbulent nature, with the heart of a
,: lion and the soul of a child. Peace to
his ashes.
Without his father’s restraining
hand and with a large fortune at his
command, Lish really went to town,
; u.'ing a trite expression. He built a
costly house and stables on the old
home farm. He then laid out a race
| track and going to Kentucky, return
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