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Announced 06 October 1899
The Canadian Department of Public Works has been advised that the telegraph line from Lake Bennett to Dawson City will be completed on or about 15 November. The Canadian Pacific Railway has all but completed arrangements for sending telegraph messages daily from Vancouver to Skagway, at which point the telegraphic connection with Dawson City is made. The objective is to have packages of messages sent every day from Vancouver, and every intermediate day from Victoria and Nanaimo for daily service to the north. One arrival at Skagway, the messages will be transmitted on the circuit to Lake Bennett, and at a latter place, they will be sent to the line being constructed by the Dominion Government. From here, the messages will be forwarded to Dawson City. By the fastest steamers to Skagway, telegrams should have no difficulty in arriving at Dawson City by the fourth day after being transmitted from Vancouver. Return messages will be brought back by steamers and at the first port-of-call, be it Comox, Nanaimo, Victoria, or Vancouver, the messages will be delivered to the telegraph office for immediate transmission to the various points to which they are addressed. In all, one week between sending and receiving a message is now achievable.