[D8853AAY], Letter from William S Logue to Alfred Ord Tate, January 29th, 1888


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"I have up to this writing been unable to get a good test. As I wrote you on Friday we succeeded in getting Mr. Fondersmith the Phila Div Opr to increase his battery 40 cells but it was evident that the person that made the connections did not understand his work as we could not work the wire at all and was compelled to have it taken off. I then went to Huntingdon to shorten the Phone circuit to see how that affected the Morse. During the ride the wind got pretty high and a swing came in East of Huntingdon and nothing would suit but that the trouble was caused by the Phone so we sotpped testing and I came here last night and today arranged with Mr. Keifer to give me a battery to test with in the morning. I hope to prove to all tomorrow what the trouble is, the only thing I fear is that Phila with his weak battery may not do as well as he could if the battery was put on at Phila. If I succeed with my experiments tomorrow I will go to Phila and meet Mr Taylor of Altoona and Mr Fondersmith and settle the matter. I find that I can do littl by telegraph as there don't seem to be much love between the Div Oprs. Keifer don't like either Taylor or Fondersmith and Taylor and Fondersmith are not very friendly. Its not a happy family by any means. This conclusion has been reached by what each has told me about the other. ### Illustration ### When I spoke to Mr Keifer today and told him I thought the trouble was caused by insufficient battery at Phila he replied, You can have any thing we have here if you prove this as I have told [unclear] the Phila people the same thing often. ### I think I had better ask Genl Supt Pettit to put me in charge of the Telegraph for a while until I straighten matters out. ## My electrical knowledge may not be heavy enough to hurt me and I am equally as positive that the same article supply to the men in charge will not hurt them in the least. ### Seriously I hope to have all straightened out very soon. I may to travel a little between Phila and Altoona. I cannot get a pass over the Phila Div." Yours very truly, W.S. Logue [Marginalia: "Ack Jan 31/88"]









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[D8853AAY], Letter from William S Logue to Alfred Ord Tate, January 29th, 1888

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