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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 19
GIRDLING THE GLOBE.
How Uncle Sam wishes All the World a Happy New Year.
At midnight Dec. 31. from the white, towering time factory
on Georgetown heights, Admiral Chester, superintendent of
the National observatory, will have sounded completely a
round the earth by the cables which now span our great spin
ing top and to the continental and insular nations to the north
and south by the vast networks of wire ramifying in all di
rections from this great girdle a signal announcing the birth
of the year 1906 at the capital of our republic.
At one push of the official button the electric greeting will
permeate our continent and leap across the Pacific from San
Francisco to Honolulu, to Midway, to Guam, to Manila and
to Hongkong. Flashing up and down the entire eastern
coast of Asia, trom Alexandrovsk to the Malay peninsula, it
will cross Sumatra and the home of the wild man of Borneo;
will speed over the coffee plantations of Java to Australia
and New Zealand.
Hurrying over the snowdrifts of Siberia and Russia,it will
be felt in Moscow and St. Petersburg and there be taken up
by the thick mesh of wires covering northern and central Eu
rope, going to London and at the same time spanning the
coast of the black continent of Africa. From Alexandria it
will be shot 750 miles up the Nile into the very heart of Af
rica. Leaping out into the sea, it will register itself in the
isles of Madagascar and Mauritius. From Libson to the Ma
deiras and over the Cape Verde islands it will jump to Per
nambuca, Brazil; thence down into the wilds of Central Ar
gentina and up' into Bolivia, across the Windward isles, the
Lesser Antilles and the West Indies and then home again to
the capital of the nation.
It iss,almost inconceivable that such a circuit of the earth
can be made in scarcely more time than you would expend
in wjshing a neighbor aa happy new year I