Memorial of Tal P Shaffner Praying for an Amendment of the Act of Congress Approved March 3, 1857, Entitled an Act to Expedite Telegraphic

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 52 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1857* Excerpt: ... tion practiced upon Congress by the speculators in the passage of the telegraph act approved March 3, 1857. 3. The Atlantic company's expansion of stock from 300,000 to 350,000, to 425,000, to 500,000, and the right to further expand it to 1,000,000, contrary to the intentions of Congress on the passage of the aforesaid act. 4. Violation of the act of Congress by the Atlantic Company, by contracting with the British government to exercise authority and an exclusiveness forbidden by the law of Congress. 5. The route of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, via Newfoundland and Ireland. 6. The distances of the Atlantic line from its respective points, and from London to New York. 7. The route of the Transatlantic Telegraph Company, via Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Isles. 8. The distances of the transatlantic line from its respective points, viz: from New York to Quebec, Labrador coast, Greenland, across Greenland, and thence to Iceland, to Faroe, to North Scotland, and to London. From Faroe's to Norway, to Copenhagen, and to St. Petersburg. 9. South Atlantic telegraph route, and its distances from Portugal to the Azores, and from Great Britain to the Azores, and from thence to Newfoundland and to Boston or New York, via Nantucket. 10. Comparative distances of the Atlantic and the Transatlantic routes, from the leading cities in America to the leading cities of Europe. The Transatlantic line more than one thousand miles nearer telegraphically, via Greenland and Iceland, than by the Atlantic line, via Newfoundland and Ireland. 11. Currents and circuits of electricity explained; the mode of applying them in telegraphing; the distance electricity can be sent on overground and submarine lines of telegraphs. 12. Celerity of the electr...

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