Hagerstown District Telephone Directory 1907 - General Notices
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE TELEPHONE.
To obtain good results, it is necessary to hold the lips close to the transmitter to speak directly into the mouth piece, in a distinct though moderate tone.
ANSWER CALLS PROMPTLY.
Remember that in answering calls promptly, and in being at your telephone when the party for whom you call replies, you are contributing to the general efficiency of the service and to the convenience of other telephone users, and are rendering it less likely that a possible customer or correspondent shall find your own line busy. Do not "hold the wire" or request others to do so unnecessarily, as it keeps two lines busy anc involves delay.
"Busy," in telephone parlance, means that the line called for is connected with another and cannot, at that time, be connected with your station. When a line is reported "busy," allow a reasonable time to elapse before repeating the call.
TROUBLES AND UNSATISFACTORY SERVICE.
The company will appreciate it if defects in equipment or unsatisfactory service are promptly reported by telephone to the Chief Operator, or in writing to the Company.
USE OF TELEPHONE BY OUTSIDERS.
Please do not allow outsiders to use your telephone. Such use may keep your line busy many times when calls are made for it. Calls that might result to your pecuniary advantage may thus be delayed or lost. Please refer outsiders to the nearest public pay station.
LISTING OF SUBSCRIBERS' NAMES.
The Company assumes no liability for damages arising from errors or omissions in the making up or printing of the Directory nor can it guarantee the permanency of call numbers assigned or to be assigned. Subscribers are therefore advised not to print telephone numbers on stationery, etc., but to use the phrase "C. & P. Telephone." Use the current Directory to obtain correct numbers.
Messenger service is arranged only for the purpose of summoning a person to a telephone. Charge for Messenger service to cover actual disbursement is made in addition to the regularly established tariff, and is made against the station originating the call.
TELEGRAMS BY TELEPHONE.
Arrangements have been made with the Telegraph Companies whereby subscribers of the Telephone Company will be connected with the offices of the Telegraph Companies for the purpose of sending messages.
Messages received by the Telegraph Companies, addressed to subscribers, will be transmitted by telephone to the subscribers by the Telegraph Companies, if desired.
The Telegraph Companies will, on application, render weekly or monthly bills covering the telegraphic tolls, as may be desired.
The Telephone Company will not collect the telegraph charges, which are payable direct to the Telegraph Companies.
PARTICULAR PERSON CALLS.
Patrons are permitted to make particular person calls between points where the subscriber's rate is 15 cents or upward, and the pay station rate 20 cents or upward. On this class of business there will be no charge, except in cases where messenger service has been used, if the particular person cannot be found and if it is not the desire of the calling party to deliver a message to some one else.
On account of the time needed for changing stations from one location to another, at least ten days' previous notice of a desired removal should be given.
IDENTIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES.
Employees who are authorized to examine, exchange or remove any of this Company's apparatus, are furnished with a metal badge showing a "Bell," this Company's name and a number. Subscribers are earnestly requested not to allow access to their premises unless applicants are able to furnish this means of identification.
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