Annual report of the chief signal-officer, to the secretary of war, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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1873
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Page 167 - Congress assembled, that any telegraph company now organized, or which may hereafter be organized, under the laws of any State in this Union, shall have the right to construct, maintain, and operate lines of telegraph through and over any portion of the public domain of the United States...
Page 168 - An act to aid in the construction of telegraph lines, and to secure to the government the use of the same for postal, military, and other purposes...
Page 167 - States may at any time after the expiration of five years from the date of the passage of this act, for postal, military, or other purposes, purchase all the telegraph lines, property, and effects of any or all of said companies at an appraised value, to be ascertained by five competent disinterested persons, two of whom shall be selected by the Postmaster-General of the United States, two by the company interested, and one by the four so previously selected.
Page 168 - That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, for the objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and nine, namely: THE ISTHMIAN CANAL.
Page 6 - Division of Telegrams and Reports for the benefit of Commerce and Agriculture.
Page 168 - ... in their transmission over the lines of any telegraph company to which has been given the right of way, timber, or station lands from the public domain shall have priority over all other business, at such rates as the Postmaster General shall annually fix.
Page 167 - That telegraphic communications between the several Departments of the Government of the United States and their officers and agents shall, in their transmission over the lines of any of said companies, have priority over all other business, and shall be sent at rates to be annually fixed by the PostmasterGeneral.
Page 83 - By a subsequent act of Congress, approved June 10, 1872, the Signal Service was charged with the duty of providing such stations, signals, and reports as might be found necessary for extending its research in the interest of agriculture.
Page 144 - If the old mercury is merely dusty, or dimmed by a film of oxide, the cleaning may be effected by straining it through chamois leather, or through a funnel with a capillary hole at the end, of a size to admit of the passage of but a small thread of the metal. Such a funnel is conveniently made of letter paper.
Page 144 - ... while screwed up, gently inverted and hung up, when it can be unscrewed. While it has its cistern uppermost, the tube is full — is one solid mass of metal and glass— and not easily injured ; but when hung up, a sudden jolt might send a bubble of air iuto the vacuum at the upper end of the tube, and the instrument would be useless until repaired.

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