Mr Collins, Reuter’s agent in Mel. bourne, sends to the Argus the following memorandum ; —“ As an instance of rapid telegraphing, it is perhaps worthy of being noted that the news of the assassination of the Czar was generally known in the Australian colonies several hours before it could appear in print in the English journals. Reuter’s telegram containing the announcement was despatched from London at twentyfive minutes to 9 p.m. on Sunday. It reached the Melbourne telegraph office at four minutes past 9 am. on Monday, thus occupying two hours, fortynine minutes only in transmission, allowing for the difference of time. It was published or posted outside the offices of the Melbourne papers by a quarter past 10 a.m., equivalent to twenty-five minutes to 1 a.m. in London. As no paper is published in England on Sunday night, it thus appears that the news was made known in Australia at least four or five hours before it could be read by the public at home.” [The same message appeared in the Gauriian and the other evening journals in New Zealand before it was published by our contemporaries in the Old Couni ry.— Ed. G.]
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 310, 4 April 1881
Rapid Telegraphy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 310, 4 April 1881
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