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Telegram from Paul W. Derrickson to Mary G. Derrickson, 24 December 1917

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POSTAL TELEGRAPH-COMMERCIAL CABLES

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THE GREATEST TELEGRAPH AND CABLE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. EXTENDS OVER TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAY AROUND THE EARTH.

THE POSTAL TELEGRAPH-CABLE COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

TRANSMITS AND DELIVERS THE WITHIN TELEGRAM SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

To guard against mistakes or delays, the sender of a telegram should order it REPEATED; that is, telegraphed back to the originating office for comparison. For this, one-half the unrepeated telegram rate is charged in addition. Unless otherwise indicated on its face, THIS IS AN UNREPEATED TELEGRAM AND PAID FOR AS SUCH, in consideration whereof it is agreed between the sender of the telegram and this Company as follows: 1. The Company shall not be liable for mistakes or delays in the transmission or delivery, or for non-delivery of any UNREPEATED telegram, beyond the amount received for sending the same; nor for mistakes or delays in the transmission or deliver, or for non-delivery, of any REPEATED telegram, beyond fifty times the sum received for sending the same, UNLESS SPECIALLY VALUED; nor in any case for delays arising from unavoidable interruption in the working of its lines; NOR FOR ERRORS IN CIPHER OR OBSCURE TELEGRAMS. 2. In any event the Company shall not be liable for damages for any mistakes or delays in the transmission or delivery, or for the not-delivery of this telegram, whether caused by the negligence of its servants or otherwise, beyond fifty time the REPEATED telegram rate, at which amount this telegram, if sent as a REPEATED telegram, is hereby valued, unless a greater value is stated in writing hereon at the time the telegram is offered to the Company for transmission, and an additional sum paid or agreed to be paid, based on such value equal to one-tenth of one per cent, thereof. 3. The Company is hereby made the agent of the sender, without liability, to forward this telegram over the lines of any other Company when necessary to reach its destination. 4. Messages will be delivered free within the established free delivery limits of the terminal office. For delivery at a greater distance a special charge will be made to cover the cost of such delivery. 5. No responsibility regarding messages attaches to this Company until the same are presented and accepted at one of its transmitting offices; and if any message is sent to such office by one of this Company's messengers, he acts as the agent of the sender for the purpose of delivering the message and any notice or instructions regarding it to the Company's agent in its said office. 6. The Company shall not be liable for damages or statutory penalties in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after the telegram is filed with the Company for transmission. 7. The above terms and conditions shall be binding upon the receiver as well as the sender of this telegram. 8. NO EMPLOYEE OF THIS COMPANY IA AUTHORIZED TO VARY THE FOREGOING.

CLARENCE H. MACKAY, PRESIDENT.

EDWARD REYNOLDS, VICE-PREST, AND GENERAL MANAGER

CHARLES C ADAMS CHARLES P. BRUCH. VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT

THE FASTEST TELEGRAPH SERVICE IN THE WORLD