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Telegram to Mr. Odnar Halberstadt

A telegram sent to Mr. Odnar Halberstadt via the New Babbage Municipal Telegram Service: 

Mr. Halberstadt (Stop) So sorry to hear about Mr. Tenk (stop) Please send word immediately as to his health (stop) if no better I’d like to have him moved back to New Babbage under the care of Mr. Blackberry Harvey (Stop) Thank you so much for caring for him in his infirm (stop) If you are concerned about having him moved, please allow me to come to Falun to visit him (stop) as you know, the Clockwinder is dear to us all (stop) Send word as soon as possible (stop) Signed Ms. Stargirl Macbain (stop)

Star watched the telegram be entered and decided to sit and await the response, taking out her knitting. She’d know soon if Mr. Underby had in fact sent Mr. Tenk to Falun as he claimed and if he hadn’t, well, they would be due for a talk. 

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  1. Odnar Halberstadt Odnar Halberstadt August 2, 2011

    A reply telegram sent to Ms. Stargirl Macbain

    Ms. Macbain (stop)Tenk is not here in Falun (stop) He has not contacted me in some weeks (stop) The news I have been hearing from New Babbage has me concerned (stop) I have been talking to my kin about coming to New Babbage (stop) Send word as soon as possible (stop) Signed Odnar Halberstadt (stop)

    • Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 2, 2011

      Star hastily scribbled a response and handed it over to the bewildered attendant: 

      Mr Halberstadt (stop) I am most distressed that he is not in your care (stop) Mr. Underby indicated he was quite ill (stop) I will discover what I can quickly (stop) The Gangplank is always open to you (stop) Signed Ms. Stargirl Macbain (stop) 

       

  2. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 3, 2011

    ((Just as a side note I find it most amusing the amount of expensive and unnecessary words being used in these telegrams. Charged by the letter they were! :-)  ))

    • Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs August 3, 2011

      ((I was thinking the same thing. *grin*))

    • Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 3, 2011

      ((Like I said when you IMed me yesterday Edward: I have deep pockets, but since we live in a fictional Steampunk city which runs on an alternate set of mechanical rules, how about this))

      The modern telegram is sent by using a type-writer like keyboard to punch a sequence of holes into a punchcard. The punchcard is then handed over to the telegraph operator who charges for the sent message based on distance traveled (because the number of switches it must cross increases the difficulty of calibrating the machine, therefore a message to Falun is fairly inexpensive, however one to Steelhead would be expensive) and number of cards used (each card holds a specific number of characters only). The card is fed into a machine which translates it quickly into its series of beeps and sends it out. It is received by a machine on the other side which punches out a duplicate of the card sent which is then translated by an attendant using a simple chart. 

       

       

       

       

    • Odnar Halberstadt Odnar Halberstadt August 4, 2011

      ((Hypothetically speaking. If a certain group of miners found a deposit of Cavorite, and they were able to extract it. Said group not being under the oppressive tariffs of a neighboring steamland, might possible have deep pockets…maybe…Hypothetically speaking.))

  3. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 4, 2011

    back to the story please :) .. are YOU Still knitting and waiting ????

    What are you Knitting ???

  4. Giles Berithos Giles Berithos August 4, 2011

    Baby bonnets, perhaps?  Star is having kittens.  There’s one for the rumors, Vic!

  5. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 5, 2011

    kittens ?? I thought she got dog ??? taps foot Ms Star ???

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