The Telephone Systems of the Continent of Europe

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    WITH what object was this book written? The introduction is a violent diatribe against the telephone powers that be in England; and yet by his titles, the author seems to have been nursed in their service. Moreover, England and. Germany with their 162,000 telephones, rank next to the United States, and possess more telephones than all the rest of Europe put together. In fact, next to Scandinavia and Switzerland, England ranks above Germany in telephonic development—the rest of Europe being “nowhere.” Why, therefore, this wailing and gnashing of teeth? Why should England and Germany alone in Europe excite his wrath? Is it that they will not adopt at home his views of low rates and, perhaps, no profits, and did his apparent rough treatment in Berlin prejudice his judgment of German ways? The book is full of statistics of the growth and development of the business in different European countries—except England. It indicates the public uses to which telephones can be applied, but it contains little that is scientific or practical. Its facts are fleeting, and its raison dêtre is not evident.

    The Telephone Systems of the Continent of Europe.

    By A. R. Bennett. (London: Longmans, 1895.)

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    The Telephone Systems of the Continent of Europe. Nature 52, 147 (1895) doi:10.1038/052147a0

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