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I don't understand the last sentence. why Smith and Bell need to dependent on passers-by? Until their elaborate staffs began to function they were marking time. America's multimillion-dollar communications empire had been reduced to a crude, truncated megaphone with two-thirds of the nation at the listening end and, at the shrunken mouth, two wire correspondents clutching commandeered hospital telephones. Smith and Bell shared the same desperate plight. They weren't learning much where they were. Yet should either surrender his outside line, the chances of finding another were negligible. They were dependent upon the cooperation of colleagues and tolerant passers-by who, hopefully, would be reliable.
May 19, 2013 7:00 AM
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maylit, The correspondents had control of two hospital telephones. These were landlines, since there were no satellite phones, internet, laptops, or iphones in those days. They couldn't leave there location in order to gather more information without losing their telephone connections. Thus, they were reduced to depending on communicating with collegues or asking passers-by who might have heard or seen something for any new information.
May 19, 2013
From the information provided in the paragraph I have nno idea. The answer must be somewhere else in the text.
May 19, 2013
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