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TELEGRAPHS


NUMBER AND GROSS TONNAGE OF SAILING VESSELS, STEAM VESSELS, CANAL BOATS, AND BARGES, ON THE NORTHERN LAKES, VARIOUS YEARS, 1870 TO 1898

Year Sailing Steam Canal Boats Barges Total
No. Tons No. Tons No. Tons No. Tons No. Tons
1870 1,699 264,609 642 142,973 2,894 249,553 114 27,569 5,349 684,704
1880 1,459 304,933 931 212,045 572 47,159 165 40,965 3,127 605,102
1890 1,272 328,656 1,527 652,923 657 67,574 54 13,910 3,510 1,063,063
1894 1,139 302,985 1,731 843,240 386 41,961 85 39,214 3,341 1,227,400
1895 1,100 300,642 1,755 857,735 406 44,074 81 39,008 3,342 1,241,459
1896 1,044 309,152 1,792 924,631 416 45,109 81 45,175 3,333 1,324,067
1897 993 334,104 1,775 977,235 361 37,978 101 60,785 3,230 1,410,102
1898 960 333,704 1,764 993,644 384 40,456 148 69,696 3,256 1,437,500

Telegraphs

MILEAGE OF LINES AND WIRES, NUMBER OF OFFICES, AND TRAFFIC OF THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY, VARIOUS YEARS, 1866 TO 1898

Year
ending
June
30—
Miles
of
Line
Miles
of
Wire
Offices Messages
Sent
Receipts Expenses Profits Average
per
Message
Toll Cost
Dollars Dollars Dollars Cts. Cts.
1866 37,380 75,686 2,250
1870 54,109 112,191 3,972 9,157,646 7,138,738 4,910,772 2,227,966 75.5 51.2
1880 85,645 233,534 9,077 29,215,509 12,782,895 6,948,957 5,833,93s 38.5 25.4
1890 183,917 678,997 19,382 55,878,762 22,387,029 15,074,304 7,312,725 32.4 22.7
1894 190,303 790,792 21,166 58,632,237 21,852.655 16,060,170 5,792,485 30.5 23.3
1895 189,714 802,651 21,360 58,307,315 22,218,019 16,076,630 6.141,389 30.7 23.3
1896 189,918 826,929 21,725 58,760,444 22,612.736 16,714,756 5,897,980 30.9 24.0
1897 190,614 841,002 21,769 58,151,684 22,638,859 16,906,656 5,732,203 30.5 24.3
1898 189,847 874,420 22,210 62,173,749 23,915,733 17,825,582 6,090,151 30.1 24.7

MILEAGE OF LINES OPERATED, NUMBER OF MESSAGES SENT, AND NUMBER OF OFFICES OF POSTAL TELEGRAPH CABLE COMPANY

Year Miles, Poles,
and Cables
Miles of Wire Offices Messages
1885 2,811 23,587 260 1,428,690
1890 11,142 67,751 1,050 7,380,000
1894 17,715 108,695 1,759 10,965,509
1895 19,477 117,344 2,067 12,493,892
1896 20,165 126,483 2,101 13,461,452
1897 21,098 130,449 2,133 13,628,064
1898 24,547 143,290 2,601 15,407,018

The aggregate mileage of telegraph lines which carry varying numbers of wires, according to the business requirements of the localities through which they run, in the United States, open for public business, exceeds 210,000 miles, besides railways, government, private, and telephonic lines; length not ascertainable.