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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 190 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TELEGRAPHS AND TELEPHONES The limit of letters in one word of plain language was raised from ro to 15, and the number of figures from 3 to 5. The International Telegraph Bureau was also ordered to compile an enlarged official vocabulary of code words, which it is proposed to recognize as the sole authority for words which may be used in cypher telegrams sent by the public. (See Appendix to Postmaster-General's Report, 1897.) See further the country at a uniform charge irrespective of locality or distance. In 1885 sixpenny telegrams were introduced. The charge for a written telegram which came into force in 187o was one shilling for the first twenty words, and threepence for every the City of London in that year. The history of the telephone service and the growth of the industry are set out in the, article TELEPHONE.
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TELEGRAPH (Gr. Tike, far, and rypaq5eiv, to write)

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