It is a time-saving, profanity-breeding, useful invention, and in America
to be found in all homes except parsonages.
One of the very most useful of all inventions, but rendered almost worthless
& a cold & deliberate theft & swindle by the black scoundrelism
& selfishness of the companies of chartered robbers who conduct it.
AI image created by R. Kent Rasmussen
It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration
that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the
despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage (every man and
brother of us all throughout the whole earth), may eventually be gathered
together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, except the
inventor of the telephone.
Consider that a conversation by telephone -- when you are simply sitting
by and not taking any part in that conversation -- is one of the solemnests
curiosities of this modern life.
Illustration of earliest telephone from advertising art
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