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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 23, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Jan. 23, 1919


London, Jan. 23 — “By the time the peace treaty is signed we shall be talking across the Atlantic by wireless,” says Godfrey Isaacs, managing director of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph company, in an interview. “One day in the not far distant future,” he adds, “I think we shall walk about with wireless telephones attached to our bodies and we shall be able, standing say in Piccadilly Circus, to call up a friend who is flying somewhere. Or we may have an invitation by wireless telephony from a friend flying in France to join him at dinner in the evening.

“Wireless telephony has been very largely used in war for communication between airplanes and headquarters and for artillery work. But there is no reason why it should not be available over very much longer distances.

“It will not be very long before one will be able to sit at one’s desk in London and speak to New York practically instantaneously. Equal facilities will be available for communicating with Paris, Rome, Moscow or Amsterdam. In my view it will be as easy to speak to Sydney or Melbourne or to New Zealand.

“Long distance wireless telephony will apply also to ships at sea and to airplanes and airships.”


Game Warden P. H. Daily reports that there is the largest run of steelhead and silversides in the river this week that he has seen for years. He says that the run has continued for several days and that they are crowding the fish ladder to the limit. There has been more water in the river than usual and he thinks that is the cause of the big run.


While here from Drain today, Postmaster Ira Wimberly received a telephone call asking if he would forward a nine year old boy from there to Idaho by parcel post. As the postal laws contain a provision prohibiting the admission of “live animals” to the mails, the request could not be granted. — Roseburg Review


Contrary to its seeming appearance the new flag on the city hall is not at half mast. The flag pole is so outfitted that the rope and pulley don’t reach its top, and as a consequence the flag is suspended a little below the top, which at a short distance away makes it look as tho it were at half mast.

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