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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

Telegraph Lines

Telegraph Lines.

British Columbia is connected with England by telegraphic wires. Telegraph lines extend from Swinomish, in Washington Territory (United States), to Barkerville, at the extremity of the Cariboo Road. There is, besides, a branch from Matsqui to Burrard Inlet viâ New Westminster, in addition to a telegraphic right of way over the line belonging to the Western Union Telegraph Company, from Swinomish to Victoria, which comprises two submarine cables. This line of telegraph is 569 miles long, in addition to the submarine portion, which is a mile and a quarter in length; it originally cost 170,000 dollars. Besides this line, there is that from the mouth of the Quesnel to the Babine, but the line has not been kept up, and is abandoned.