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Image from page 288 of "Bacon's descriptive handbook of America .." (1866)

Identifier: baconsdescriptiv00baco

Title: Bacon's descriptive handbook of America ..

Year: 1866 (1860s)

Authors: Bacon, George Washington. [from old catalog]


Publisher: London and New York, G. W. Bacon and co

Contributing Library: The Library of Congress

Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation



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mprovements were made, the result of scientific researchand the experience of the past, in addition to which everyadvantage was taken of the advancements made in tele-graphic apparatus and appliances. The steamship Great Eastern was selected, onaccount of her immense size, for the work of laying thecable, which was coiled on board the vessel in threeimmense tanks, of such size as to contain the cable andsufficient water to keep it submerged. In July, 1865, thegiant ship steamed out to sea upon her grand mission.1212 miles of the cable had been successfully payed outwhen a fault was discovered, and in attempting to haul thecable in it parted, and all attempts to recover it provingunsuccessful, the Great Eastern returned to England.Preparations were immediately made to renew the at- THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH. 267 tempt, the Great Eastern being retained for thepurpose. The new cable is essentially the same as theformer, the principal difference being that the protectingwires are galvanized.


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ATLANTIC CABLE OP 1865-6. EXACT SIZE. Conductor.—Copper strand consisting of seven wires, imbeddedfor solidity in Cliattertons Compound. Insulation.—Grutta Percha(a), four layers of which are laid on alternatively with four thinlayers of Cliattertons Compound. The copper strand and this insula-tion form the core. External Protection.—Ten solid wires (c),those in the cable of 1866 being galvanized, each surrounded sepa-rately with five strands of Manilla Yarn (b), saturated with apreservative compound, and the whole laid spirally round the core,which latter is padded with ordinary hemp, saturated with preservativemixture. CHAPTER YIIL THE KELIGION—EDUCATION. RELIGION. Religion in the United States presents itself under variedand peculiar aspects. From the first settlement of the NewEngland States it has formed a prominent and importantfeature in the national institutions, and an open professionof attachment to some denomination is made in a muchmore zealous and decided manner t



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