"Invention of the Devil"

December 1, 1910 
On this day in the Scottish Botanist and Surgeon, Andrew Thomas Gage wrote from India to complain about some new technology he had been given; the telephone. Andrew served as the Director of the Botanical Survey of India and he worked at the Botanic Garden in Calcutta.
Andrew wrote:

“They forced this invention of the devil upon me.
Fortunately, the thing has a knack of getting out of order...”


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