|PLAN WIRELESS PHONE TO HILO
Clinton J. Hutchins, president of the Hawaii Telegraph and Telephone Company, which is the new combination of the Wireless Telegraph Company and the Standard Telephone franchise for equipping this island with automatic telephones and so doing away with the trials of a human central, has in practical contemplation the establishment of a wireless telephonic communication between Honolulu and Hilo.
Wireless telephones are already in existence in a few spots and are some times used with success between ships of war, and Isbell's recent wonderful experience with hearing human voices caught by the Barber's Point wireless station while officers of two of the vessels of the Atlantic fleet were talking by telephone, wireless telephone, in this harbor, goes to show that the proposition of long-distance wireless telephoning is soon to be materialized.
Hutchins plans to have his company lead the world in new wrinkles and a wireless telephone system between Honolulu and Hilo is one of the new things soon to become a fact. Hutchins stated today that he had been kept busy over since it was announced that the automatic telephone was to be installed here.
"Prominent business men of this city," says Hutchins, "have hunted me up to sign contracts for the installation in their places of business and homes of the new automatic. People of this city are falling over each other to arrange for the installation of the new phone. Everybody appears more than anxious to be assured that they can secure one of the new phones.
"We have the rights for the wireless telephone also, and when the time comes may install inter-island telephones."
Hutchins states that the engineers who will have charge of he underground laying of wires for the new automatic will arrive here and begin actual work within three weeks.
|WIZARD ISBELL THOUGHT HE HEARD ANGELS TALKING
RELESS OPERATOR MULLEITNER HEARD VOICES AT BARBER'S POINT STATION, TURNED PALE WITH SUDDEN INEXPLICABLE TERROR AND GAVE THE WIRELESS EAR CAPS OVER TO EXPERT ISBELL WHO WAS ALSO STARTLED--THE EXPLANATION.
"For a moment," says Wireless Wizard Isbell, "I thought I heard the angels talking!"
In these few simple words one of the greatest of wireless electricians summed up the seeming miracle of aerial vocal conversation.
It may seem strange that anything wireless could occur that would startle Isbell or Marconi, and yet Isbell was surely startled when the Atlantic fleet was in this port. The fact has only just leaked out, for Isbell, after his modest manner, has been endeavoring to hush the matter up. Perhaps he wants to keep quiet about it for what fortune there may be in an invention or discovery upon which he is working; and perhaps it is only his modesty that makes him keep still.
The facts are these, the facts concerning the eventful night in which Isbell got the first grey hairs on his head and when his eyes opened so wide that they have hardly yet got out of the habit of straining toward the unseen--for on that night Isbell, at Barber's Point and with the caps on his ears and listening for wireless HEARD HUMAN VOICES.
At first he did not know they were human; as he says, "I THOUGHT I HEARD THE ANGELS TALKING."
Don't laugh. There are more wonders in wireless and heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosofy, dear reader!
Wireless Operator Charlie Mulleitner was listening at Barber's Point wireless station for some distant vessel's sparking. Suddenly he heard voices, not sparks.
Mulleitner's face went white, he was scared; he turned the caps to Isbell. They were voices strong and clear, and one was telling the other that Honolulu had done well in the entertainment of the American fleet; and the other answered that Honolulu's naval greatness was just beginning.
It was all so sudden and unexpected that Isbell did not, for a moment, know what to think. Whence came the voices? How was it that he heard them. He looked about him. No one was near, not a living thing, save the wireless station cat, was within miles of him as far as he knew.
Every brain cell expanded, every nerve tingled, every fibre of the being of Expert Isbell was strained to the extreme of receptive power. Isbell's soul was in his ears and he would not miss a word.
Then, in the further conversation, came the explanation. Two battleships of the Atlantic fleet in Honolulu harbor, while Isbell was listening for wireless sparks at Barber's Point, were experimenting with the wireless telephone and Isbell heard their words BY WIRELESS at Barber's Point, many miles away.
"Yes," says Isbell, looking queer, "at first I thought I heard the angels talking."