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The Daily Dispatch: March 2, 1865., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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e, covered with gutta percha, entirely unprotected, and ten miles from shore ends had a protecting covering of iron wire. The paying out was effected with great ease, and it remained in working order for some months till the end of the war, when it was broken. But a greater undertaking had been already in contemplation. The leading facts of this most remarkable enterprise are set forth in evidence taken by the Submarine Telegraph Committee. In 1851, a Mr. Tibbet, of New York, and a Mr. Gasbome, an English engineer, devised the plan of shortening the communication between America and Europe by making St. John's, Newfoundland, a port of call for Atlantic steamers, and constructing a telegraph from thence to join the American lines. These gentlemen obtained in 1851 an act of the Legislature of New found land for this purpose, which act also conferred certain exclusive privileges; but having got into difficulties without fulfilling the terms of the act, they induced some American