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Washington Herald, February 2, 1920, page 1:
Wireless Talk Over World Will Bring Universal Peace, Telephone Expert Predicts
That a world system of wireless telephony, whereby a subscriber in different continents will communicate as easily as telephone users in the same town do now, will be established in "a comparatively few years" was the prediction made last night by Col. J. J. Carty, of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, in an address before the National Research Council at the National Museum.
"Recent progress in wireless telephony makes such a world telephone system inevitable," Col. Carty asserted, and predicted that its establishment will put an end to war. "Easy, world-wide telephone communication will break down once and for all national barriers of suspicion arid misunderstanding," he prophesied. "It will lead to the adoption of a common tongue or common understanding of languages. It will lead to the establishment of Christ's kingdom of peace and good-will on earth."
A warning that commercial supremacy will pass from America to Europe, if science professors do not receive better pay and college science departments more financial support, was voiced by Col. Carty.
"Achievements in practical industrial science and inventions cannot arise without the fundamental discoveries made by the universities and scientific institutions," he stated.
The Smithsonian Institute was mentioned as one among the American institutions where scientific experiment was being halted for lack of funds. "I have information of several experiments there which are absolutely stopped although their accomplishment would be of great future value to this country," Col. Carty declared. "Scores of science professors are deserting the schools for commercial positions on account of insufficient pay."
European nations are awake to the industrial advantages of scientific research, and many are planning large programs of support to science, Col. Carty stated. American industries should have each a department of industrial scientific research, he said. Smaller concerns should cooperate toward such laboratories. He called attention to the research department of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, employing over 1,300 scientists and engineers.
A feature of the evening was the working of the experiment whereby the American, Joseph Henry, discovered the principle of the dynamo. The original apparatus of Henry was used, having been lent for the purpose by Princeton University. where the discovery was made.
A "talking movie," in which Thomas Watson, co-worker with Alexander Graham Bell in the invention of the telephone, narrated the events of the discovery, closed the program.