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"Klondike Line Opens and New CPR Circuit"
Announced 26 May 1898
A cablegram has been received from Europe which has started active operation on the construction of a telegraph line from Vancouver to Dawson City through Skagway, Dyea, and Wrangel. Mr Mark Eschwege is now incharge of the Vancouver Anglo-French Telegraph Company. The placing of a new transcontinental telegraph wire between Montreal and Vancouver has begun. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company is constructing a new line from Fort William through to Donald British Columbia. Another circuit will operate from Donald into Vancouver where connections can be made with the new cable being laid from Vancouver to Victoria. The total line circuit will be 2,900 miles and weighing 300 pounds to the mile. Porcelain instead of glass insulators will be used, 75 tons of the former coming from Europe for the new line.