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The Ottawa Board Of Trade has made a practical departure that must bring the question of governmental cable, telegraph & telephone services to the attention of businessmen in all parts of the British Empire. A circular letter has been drafted & will be forwarded to all Boards Of Trade & Chambers Of Commerce throughout the United Kingdom & its colonies, urging the importance of the establishment of indepentdently-owned cables connecting the mother country with other parts of the Empire. The proposal requires that not only the connecting transmarine cables shall be under the Government's control, but that land telegraphs, in the several British possessions, shall be province- owned. Canada is the only important part of the British Commonwealth in which the telegraph service is in private hands, and the circular alludes to a further report that the transfer of the Canadian telegraph lines to the Government Post Office Department, and the laying of a province owned cable across the Atlantic, are now under consideration by the Dominion Government. The question of establishing the telephone service under management will also soon come up for consideration by the Government.