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There was little sleep that night for all awaited the dreaded sound of the gun, as this would have reported that the cable had broken. Stormy days followed each other and slowl)\ the work continued, the slender wire drifting out from the ship's stern as il rose and fell in the heavy seas. Jetter part of an hour. Prof. Thomson believed this to be a weakening of the insulation or a faulty connection 011 board the Niagara. He not ified the Niagara's electrician to this effect, and when the voltage was stepped up by increasing the battery power, the signals improved to nomlal and were even better than before.

As an island. it was more dependent on such communication as a link with the Continent. il5 colonies and dcpendencies. Having tastcd the advantages of such quick communication with faraway places. Britain was ready to cxtend tile usc of the submarine telegraph. THE CARLE OF 1865 lONTH after the committee of e~perts had presented their recommendations. the Atlantic Telcgraph Company advertised its proposals and invited bids for a sui table cable connecting Newfoundland and Ireland. The proposal was of a very gene~1 character so as to invite the broadesl kind of responsc and so to include any new ideas which may not yet h:lve been known to the company.

500 lb • . CELEB RATING THE C .... BLE SUCCESS lentialof this new instr ument which science hud placed before mankind. lis blessings 10 commerce, industry a nd statesmHnship were exceeded only by its promise 3$ a portenl of peace. Poems envisioned its happy gift. aoo se rmons and oratory prodaimed it from e\'ery rostrum. 1 Ihe angry ~a CQttSems. The nalions stand 110 mort apart, lVilh clasped hands IIII' comimmlS FullhrobbillGS of tach olher's hta". Speed. sl>eed Ihe cable; leI if ",n A lo~illg gir,lIt ro/milihe tar/h.

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