Asks $10,000 for Phone Tie-Up
Stephen Acquard, an Attica, N. Y., farmer, has filed suit for $10,000 against a party line telephone user who would not get off the line so he could call the fire department when his barn caught fire.
The suit was brought against Edmond Starczewski who, according to Acquard, only laughed and continued talking for a “considerable period” when the farmer demanded use of the phone to make his fire call. Mr. Acquard said by the time he got the firemen, his barn and cattle were burned.
Justice Carlton A. Fisher, of Supreme Court, Buffalo, reserved decision on the defendant’s motion that the complaint be dismissed.