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"Telegraph Line To Dawson"
Announced 18 March 1899
The Canadian Government has decided to construct a telegraph line to connect the Yukon Territory with British Columbia. A party of engineers and surveyors has already left to commence the work without delay. The plan of the Minister of Public Works is to construct the line of telegraph between Lake Bennett & Dawson City at once. At the same instant, surveyors will examine the country northward from Quesnelle, British Columbia, which is the terminus of the present government system (the old Cariboo Line), in order to connect with the circuit in to Dawson City. The Minister has decided that the franchise for the telegraph route to Dawson is too valuable and too important from the standpoint of national security to be allowed into any other hands save the Canadian Government.