from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as call-bell.
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The boy who must be up at the first bell-call, and get to his place of toil at five o'clock in the morning, is more likely to be prompt in every place and work.
From this time henceforward for half a weary year, from the bell-call of morning twilight to half-past seven in the evening, with brief intermissions for two hasty meals, the operatives will be confined to their tasks.
I grow weary of seeing man and mechanism reduced to a common level, moved by the same impulse, answering to the same bell-call.