this morning has run along four thousand seven hundred and fifty miles of wire, and its transmission, at the published rates, must have cost between two and three hundred dollars. On one occasion, recently, the steamer arrived at Halifax
at half-past 11 in the evening, and the substance of her news was contained in the New York papers the next morning, and probably in the papers of New Orleans.
A debate which concludes in Washington
at midnight, is read in fiftieth street, New York, six hours after.
But these are stale marvels, and they are received by us entirely as a matter of course.
department of the paper, conducted with uncommon efficiency by Mr. Ottarson
, gives us this morning, in sufficient detail, the proceedings of a “Demonstration” at Tammany Hall—of a meeting of the Bible
Union—a session of the committee investigating the affairs of Columbia college—a meeting to devise measures for the improvement of the colored population—a temperance “Demonstration” —a session of the Board of Aldermen—a meeting of the commissioners of emigration—and one of the commissioners of excise.
A trial for murder is reported; the particulars of seven fires are stated; the performance of the opera is noticed; the progress of the State fair is chronicled, and there are thirteen “ city items.”
And what is most surprising is, that seven-tenths of the city matter must have been prepared in the evening, for most of the events narrated did not occur till after dark.
The Law Intelligence includes brief notices of the transactions of five courts.
The Commercial Intelligence gives minute information respecting the demand for, the supply of, the price, and the recent sales, of twenty-one leading articles of trade.
The Marine Journal takes note of the sailing and arrival of two hundred and seven vessels, with the name of the captain, owners and consignees.
This is, in truth, the most astonishing department of a daily paper.
Arranged under the heads of ‘Cleared,’ ‘Arrived,’ ‘Disasters,’ ‘To mariners,’ ‘Spoken,’ ‘Whalers,’ ‘Foreign Ports,’ ‘Domestic Ports,’ ‘Passengers sailed,’ ‘Passengers arrived,’ it presents daily a mass and a variety of facts, which do not astound us, only because we see the wonder daily repeated.
Nor is the shipping intelligence a mere catalogue of names, places and figures.
Witness these sentences cut almost at random from the dense columns of small type in which the affairs of the sea are printed: