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"Canadian Pacific's Copper Wire A Success"
Announced 06 October 1898
Canadian Pacific's copper wire was recently tested and found to be successful. The test commenced on 1 October from Montreal with a message to Vancouver. The total time taken for the sent message from Montreal and a transmitted reply from Vancouver took about one minute. The copper wire was duplex installed. The actual distance covered by this new wire is about 2,900 miles, constituting probably the largest direct line circuit for daily business anywhere in the world. This new copper wire circuit will enable Montreal, Rossland, Nelson, and other far western points to transact speculative business between these said points almost as quickly as between the circuit established between Montreal and Chicago some time ago. The alternative telegraph line to the Kootenay, via the Crow's Nest Pass circuit, will also be completed later this fall.