August 12, 1904

A substitute writer took the place of David A. Conner for this edition

[In the absence of a letter from our regular Milton correspondent, we give place to the following communication which was written in response to an item in last week’s Milton letter:]

In response to the man who has growled off of the actions of a clerk at the profound station, which is in the general store, I wish to state that the individual making the trip comes always in a hurry, will not let anyone call up who maybe wanted, but does the ringing himself; which is contrary to the rules. By hanging around he has learned how to call the various places, and he does not stop at calling one point, but calls four or more at one time. He goes out after using the phone and never tells who has been called, and this makes trouble for the one in charge of the station when the monthly settlements are to be made. When asked the information, his reply usually is “Oh, charge it to the Oyster Rocks,” or to some other place where he’s supposed to carry on business. This has made necessary the “inquisitiveness” he complains of. The new clerk was performing duty according to instructions, and just as he entered the room he heard the man make the second call. After asking who the second call should be charged to, he sheepishly paid the ten cents toll, and stopping at the door gave vent to his ten cents worth of madness. I want to state here for the benefit of them and making the kick last week, that truthfulness and honesty is the best policy for all men to follow.

Signed: The Clerk