At this point, and before Bell had begun to experiment with his telegraph, the scene of the story shifts from Canada to Massachusetts.
"It is an evidence that we may some day have a musical telegraph, which will send as many messages simultaneously over one wire as there are notes on that piano."
You had better throw that idea out of your mind and go ahead with your musical telegraph, which if it is successful will make you a millionaire."
But the longer Bell toiled at his musical telegraph, the more he dreamed of replacing the telegraph and its cumbrous sign-language by a new machine that would carry, not dots and dashes, but the human voice.
Sanders and Hubbard, who had been paying the cost of his experiments, abruptly announced that they would pay no more unless he confined his attention to the musical telegraph, and stopped wasting his time on ear-toys that never could be of any financial value.
For an entire afternoon the two men worked together over the apparatus that Bell had brought from Boston, just as Henry had worked over the telegraph before Bell was born.
Consequently, when Bell returned from Washington, he was compelled by his agreement to devote himself mainly to the musical telegraph, although his heart was now with the telephone.
He forgot his musical telegraph, his "Visible Speech," his classes, his poverty.
"I'll have nothing to do with them," he said, looking with bleary eyes at the men who walked along the station platform past the telegraph office.
The telegraph operator of Winesburg, sitting in the darkness on the railroad ties, had become a poet.
George Willard and the telegraph operator came into the main street of Winesburg.
The latest news (two days old) follows the four-line sermon, under the pica headline "Telegrams"--these are "telegraphed
" with a pair of scissors out of the AUGSBURGER ZEITUNG of the day before.