Science: Tele-autograms

Owing to a new invention, the work of M. Belin, it is now possible to send and have delivered an autograph telegram. The sender of a telegram has only to write his message on a revolving cylinder covered with paper. Special ink is used which makes the words appear in slight relief; a delicate needle then strikes the obstacles made by the letters, is jerked upward and interrupts the electric circuit. These interruptions are all recorded at the other end and result in an exact copy of the written telegram. The machine is now...

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