Business: Communication

What, people wondered, would the great Postal Telegraph-Commercial Cable system, with its present monopoly of transpacific wire communication, do about the bigger & better Pacific cable, announced in project last fortnight (TIME, Aug. 15) by the Western Union Co.? The Commercial cable from San Francisco, via Honolulu to Shanghai can handle only 100 letters per minute. The proposed Western Union cable will carry 2,500 letters per minute. But it did not seem likely that Commercial would install improved equipment over the 9,100-mile route to meet its competitor. To do so would cost Commercial...

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