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28 Sep 2006 19:21 PDT
First, the figures you state would not surprise me, as the messages would pass
through provinces and countries, and so would different laws, jurisdictions, as
well as companies be encountered. At some points it would not surprise me if
the messages had to be taken by courier to the next station or node.
At this point, I have only located one document that might be a source to the
statistic you mention, but because it appears on a membership website, I can't
verify the information.
"Development of the Anglo-Indian telegraph" by J.M. Adams
Engineering Science and Education Journal
Publication Date: Aug 1997
Volume: 6, Issue: 4
On page(s): 140-148
Between the end of the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and 1870, four Anglo-Indian
telegraph routes were constructed. The first of these, via the Red Sea, was
abandoned in 1861 leaving the British and Indian Governments to honour their
guaranteed annual payments of 4½% on the capital invested. The second, via the
Persian Gulf was completed in 1865 but proved difficult to operate without
English speaking telegraphists through the Ottoman Empire. The third, via
Siemens' Russian network and north Persia and employing English operators,
reduced the mean time for telegrams to less than one day but was rapidly in
competition with a submarine cable from Cornwall to Bombay via the
Mediterranean. The author, a grandson of one of the Anglo-Indian telegraphists,
reviews some contemporary records of the telegraph routes."
If you do the following search on Google [retransmitted "twelve to fourteen
times"] you will see the following snippet, which might mean the article is
related to what you recall.
"... many telegraph clerks; that is to say each. one had to be written out by
hand and retransmitted. twelve to fourteen times. And it was assumed that most
If you have good library near you, they might have back issues of Engineering
Science and Education Journal or online access to the above article.
That would be preferable to going through the Institution of Engineering and
Technology (IET) Digital Library service and paying $35.00 to access it.
Obviously, I am not suggesting you pay $35.00 just to possibly find out it is
not the correct reference.
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