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"Western Union Has No Right To Operate In Canada"
Announced 10 October 1898
The recent extension of telegraph circuits by the Western Union Telegraph Company, has had the effect of lowering and cheapening the telegraph rates in Canada. It also is effecting the prompt and satisfactory communication with the United States at all times. The Western Union Telegraph Company, being incorporated under the laws of the United States of America, has no right to operate in Canada, and consequently the Western Union has established connections with Port Angeles, Washington, a telegraph line operated by the Great Northwestern Telegraph Company, which connects with the Western Union. The new Western Union circuit includes a cable across Puget Sound, running from Seattle to Port Townsend. From Port Townsend it goes by land and water to Victoria. Since this circuit was completed by the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company, it has also constructed a cable from Victoria to Port Angeles enabling two telegraph circuits to and from the United States. Each circuit is duplexed permitting the transmission of messages from both ends of the line concurrently.