Banqueters at Waldorf Hotel New York Hear Talk from Steamer Gloucester in Atlantic Ocean to Catalina Islands
| "You, Captain Nichols on the Gloucester, and Operator Spiker on Santa Catalina Island, are taking part in an epochal event in wireless telephony. You are the first men to talk to each other from the Atlantic to the Pacific, across the waters of both oceans and the stretches of the continent."|
--Col. J. J. Carty, Vice-President of the A. T. & T. Company, at Atlantic-Pacific Demonstration.
Lines written on learning that on October 21 a man spoke from the island of Santa Catalina, in the Pacific, to a man on a steamer in the Atlantic.
Little children, born beside the sea,
Soon hear its haunting song within their ears.
They build sand-castles, which the rising tides
Melt down and leave no trace, as in the years
Their builders, grow, love, labor, dream and die;
So short a span 'gainst ocean's ceaseless heart,
(Their dreams, you say, scarce held beneath the sky?)
Frail, like the sand-pipers at dusk who dart
Along the wave-swept rain-bow tinted beach.
From Catalina's shore man's voice did reach
Last night. O'er sea and mountain snows it passed
O'er river, plain, and city's din, at last--
Atlantic surf--to the horizon's rim
Where one who listened, heard, and answered him!
--Sarah Atherton Bridgman.