Miscellaneous Service - 1910 Travel Guide
Persons who wish to be notified of the arrival of steamers can make arrangements with the two telegraph companies to notify them of the arrival. The companies maintain signal stations at Fire Island, The Highlands, and Sandy Hook ; also at Quarantine, for the purpose of re-porting and sighting the arrival of steamers from foreign ports.
To those who live in New York, or in nearby towns and cities, the notice will be received in ample time to reach the dock by the time the steamer warps in. The service for New York, New Jersey and Hoboken is $1.00. Parties in other places who are interested in incoming steamers can be notified by paying this fee of $1.00, plus the usual telegraph tolls for the ordinary ten-word message. Of course, for places not adjacent to New York, the notice conveys the intelligence of the near approach of home-coming steamers, but hardly in time to enable the steamer to be met.
On March 5, 1910, the night letter service was inaugurated. The under-lying thought in establishing this service was to give the public the benefit of the unemployed wires at night to quicken correspondence at low rates to take the place of letters by mail. The rates charged are the standard day rates for ten-word messages. For the transmission of fifty words or less plus one-fifth the initial for each additional ten words or less.
To be entitled to this rate the message must be written in plain English language and destined for points where the telegraph companies have offices. Code messages will be charged for at standard day or night rates as the case may be and night letters will not be accepted for other line points. Night letters will be accepted and collected on call in any hour of the day or night for delivery at destination on the morning of the next ensuing business day by mail or messenger. They will be transmitted at the company's convenience during the night.
The special form, known as "Form 22,89," should be used for writing the night letter. Night letters at the option of the telegraph company may be mailed to the destination of the addressee and the company shall be deemed to have discharged its obligations in such cases with respect to delivery by mailing such night letters at the destination, postage prepaid.
By the time this book is in the hands of the reader it is probable that the combined telegraph and telephone service will be in effect. The plan is to allow those telephone subscribers whose local telegraph office is closed for the night to call up central and send a telegraph message, which central will transmit to the next telegraph office, so that a telegram may be accepted from a telephone subscriber at any time during the twenty-four hours. It Is possible that this may be modified in some manner when complete instructions are prepared, but this is about what the combined telegraph-telephone service will be.