Science: Ship Telephones

A Mrs. Morris Sampter of Manhattan was at sea. She wanted to talk to her sister, a Mrs. Emil Berolzheimer. Mrs. Berolzheimer was also at sea, 150 miles away, on another German liner. Nevertheless, Mrs. Sampter marched into a telephone booth aboard her ship, the North German Lloyd Columbus, and was soon gabbling with her sister, on the Hamburg-American Deutschland, about fashions, family matters and a political dinner Mrs. B.'s brother-in-law had lately attended. For eight minutes they talked, exclaiming, interrupting each other, both talking at once. After she rang off, Mrs....

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