[D8907ACT], Letter from Atlantic Publishing and Engraving Co, A C Rogers to Alfred Ord Tate, November 23rd, 1889


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[D8907ACT], Letter from Atlantic Publishing and Engraving Co, A C Rogers to Alfred Ord Tate, November 23rd, 1889

Editor's Notes

Your favor of 22d inst is rec'd. Mr Edisons biography is in the hands of our printers. We will send you proof sheets of the same either on Monday or Tuesday next and trust this will answer your purpose. We are desirous of having Mr Edisons portrait accompany this biography. Is there a steel plate portrait of him in existence the the use of which we could possibly obtain. ### [FOLLOWED BY CLIPPING ENCLOSED] Bay City has received an [?] able warning that there is [?]. In handling naked wires charged with electricity. Fortunately there was no lives lost but this is probably the strangest part of the affair. The Times says: This morning about 1:30 o’clock a serious accident happened by which the telephone service in this city was temporarily destroyed. An employee of the telephone company was putting a telephone into the electric street railway company’s power house when he accidently dropped a wire upon a “live” electric wire. A circuit was immediately formed and the damage done. The switch board in the central office was burned out and set on fire. Dr. Whitehouse whose office is in the same building, rushed into the telephone headquarters and with a pall of water subdued the flames. Telephones throughout the city were burned out. Service by wire if consequently delayed until repairs can be made. At the time the two wires came in contact all the numbers on the switch-board in the offices of both cities dropped. The attaches of both offices were considerably frightened.





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