M.E.S.; His Book, a Tribute and a Souvenir of the Twenty-Five Years, 1893-1918, of the Service of Melville E. Stone as General Manager of the Assoc
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...usurped the functions of the stage-coach and the expresses, and, finally, the electric telegraph displaced the pigeons and semaphores. Then came the Atlantic cable. All of these instrumentalities were speedily employed for the gathering and distributing of news. And for news the American people at a very early period grew voracious. Away back in April, 1814, Nathan Hale, a nephew of the patriot spy, became editor of the Boston Advertiser, and in his first editorial, said one of the peculiar traits of our national character was the insatiable appetite for news: even the habitual salutation on the meeting of the people was, "What's the news?" We became, and still are, as no others on earth, a news-mad people. As time moved on, Topliff ceased his activities, which were taken up by others. His methods were adopted in New York harbor, and later, when the Cunard Line made Halifax its first western port of call, that was the center of interest and source of supply for European information, which was sent to Boston and the other cities of the country by pony expresses, by railway trains, and at last by telegraph. There is a story of the cable which may interest you. The first general manager of what was called "The Associated Press" was one Dr. Jones. He was an authority upon telegraphs--at least he thought he was. He wrote a book on the subject. It may be found in one or two of the public libraries. In it he declared himself in no uncertain terms respecting the absurd proposal to connect America with Europe by a submarine cable. "It cannot be done," said he; "experience has shown that a relay every forty miles is necessary to carry the electric current along. And how can you have such relays in the bed of the...
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