Unparalleled Strain on Buffalo’s Telegraph System
Buffalo, Sept. 9.—Not
less than 650,000 words were sent out of Buffalo Saturday
by the telegraph companies in special dispatches to
newspapers all over the world. It is difficult for those
who have been accustomed to limit themselves carefully
to ten words in sending a telegram to realize what
As set and displayed by the
newspapers that received them these 650,000 words
filled nearly 500 columns. If one newspaper had received
all the specials sent out it would have had about eighty
solid pages of matter concerning the president,
exclusive of illustrations and headlines.
Such a tax on the resources
of the telegraph companies is without a parallel
in Buffalo. In numerous instances operators had to work
constantly for thirty-six hours at a stretch, leaving their
instruments only long enough to get a light lunch.
The day forces on Friday afternoon
were continued through Friday night, and it was Saturday
afternoon before several of them could get a few hours of sleep.
From all available parts of the
country additional operators have been rushed to Buffalo.
About 1,700 operators have been at work constantly for the last
forty-eight hours, and there is no sign of diminution in
the volume of business.