[D0102AAD], Letter from William S Logue to Charles A Darlton, Southern Railway System, September 16th, 1901


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[D0102AAD], Letter from William S Logue to Charles A Darlton, Southern Railway System, September 16th, 1901




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University


Sept., 16, 1901
Mr. C.A. Darlton,
Supt., Telegraph, Southern Ry.,
Washington, D.C.
My Dear Charlie:-
Why in the Dicken's don't you stay in Washington, occasionally so that your friends can see you when they call. What is this I hear about your company getting up specifications for signals? I am informed that Mr. Daves, is now working on specifications for signaling your line from Charlottesville, to Washington. What show have we for getting the order for the battery? Will you be our Agent, and see that we get it?
We of course will assist you in every way possible. I presume that you know that the following roads have adopted the Edison battery, as their Standard, and that all of the signals on the road are equipped with the same. The Central R.R. of New Jersey, the B&O. The New York Central, The West Shore, The Illinois Central, The Chicago & Alton Railway, The Northern Pacific, the C & E, I., The D. L. & W. and the Michigan Central, are at present using thousands of our cells and are as fast as possible changing all other types of battery for the Edison. I omitted the C.N.O&T.P. Ry., from the first list. The above applies to the Semaphore signals.
A large number of the roads are using our batteries on the crossing bells. If you need a list on these I can furnish you with the same.
The best cell for signal work is the type "S S" I am sending you under separate cover one of our catalogues, as well as one of our booklets.
A test was made by the Union Switch and signal Company, of Swissvale, Penna., last winter, of all the Caustic Soda Batteries; the Gordon, The Waterbury and The Edison Battery, as well as the United States Storage Cells. The "S S" cell, proved to be the most proficient of all the cells. You will see by the above, that we are offering your company, the very best battery on the market. A battery that I can assure you will give your company the very best service.
When in Washington on Friday, I found that you were away, and I called on Mr. Peddle, endeavoring to find out how soon the specifications would be made up. Mr. Peddle, told me that he could not tell, as the matter had not progressed far enough for him to say. It is very important that we get the battery named in specifications. This is what we want done for a certainty. If you assist us in any way it will be more than appreciated by all connected with our company.
Kindly let me hear from you. Anything you write me, will be communicated to no one but Mr. Gilmore, who will I know, consider it as strictly confidential as myself.
Yours very truly,
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