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 - EAST AND WEST. Completion of the Great Lice...
EAST AND WEST. Completion of the Great Lice Spanning the Continent He Hosing Work and Ceremonies at Promontory Summit TU He, riaihed tj . Telegraph Stool-taoeoiiljr Orer the Conntry. BejokingB of the Metropolis1 at the Completion of the Enterprise. Celebrations in Chicaaro, Philadelphia and Other Cities. The Werh Accomplished Cere tea at FramaUrr Maasaail. Special Dispatch to the Naw-York Times. Promontort, Utah, Monday, May 10. The lonp-looked-for moment ha arrived. The construction of the Pacific Railroad in un fait ceompK. The Inhabitants of the Atlantic sea board and the dwellers on the Pacific elopes aro henceforth emphaticlally odc people. Your cor respondent is writing on Promontory Summit amid the deafening shouts of the multitude, -with the tick, tick, of the telegraph close to his ear. The proceedings of the day are : X. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Todd, of Pittsfleld, asking the favor of heaTen upon the enterprise ft. Laying of two rails, one opposite the ether one for the Union Pacific Railroad, aad ne for the Central Pacific Railroad. - ft. Presen tation of spikes to the two Companies wn the n rt nf California br Dr. Bareness, on the part of Nevada by iron. F. A. Fritlb, and a tb part of Arizona by Governor Saftord. a. Response by Governor Stanford on the part of the Central Pacific Railroad. (. Response by General O. M. Dodge on the part of the Union Pacific Railroad. a. Driving of the last spikes by the two Companies ; telegraph to be attached to the spike of the Central Pacific Company, and the last blow to announce to the world by telegraph the completion of the Pacific. Railroad. T. Telegram to the Presideut of the United Btate. S. Telegram to the Associated Press. Aaaeaarcaaeat la Washiagtoa ef the Oaaspletloa of he Bsas-Hctac ia the Tfkfrafh Oflie. Special Dispatch to the New-York Time a. Wasoi rgton, Monday, May 10. The completion of the Pacific Railroad baa monopolised public attention here tb-day to the exclusion of everything else. The feeling is one of hearty rejoicing at the completion of this great work. There were no publio observances, but the arrangements made by the telegraph oompuny to announce the completion of the road simultaneously with the drivlns- of the last spike were perfect. At too this afternoon, WashingtciTtime, all the (el-graph offices in the country were notified by the Omaha telegraph office to be ready to receive the signals corresponding to the blows of tbe hammer that drove the last spike in the last rail that united Mew-York and Ban Francisco with a band of iron. Accordingly Mr. Tinker, Manager of the Western Union Telegraph Office In this city, placed a magnetic bell-sounder In the public office of thta Company, corner Four-teentlTstreet and the avenue, connected the . same 'with the main lines, and notified tbe various offices that he was ready. New-Orleans Instantly respouded, the answer being read from the bell-tap. New-York did the same. At fttTT o'clock offices over the country began to make all sorts of Inquiries of Omaha, to which that office replied : To Everybody : Keep 'quiet. When tbe last Splke'ls driven at Promontory, Point they will say Done. Don't break the circuit, but watch for the signals of the blows of the hammer." At 2:27 P. M., Promontory Point, 2,400 miles west of Washington, said to the people congregated in the various telegraph offices : Almost ready. Hate off; prayer Is being offered." A silence for the prayer ensued. At 2:40 the bell tapped again, and the office at tbe Point said : "We hare got done praying. The spike is about to te presented." Chicugn replied : "Weunderstand; all are ready In the East." Promonotory Point: "All ready now; the pike will be driven. Tbe signal will be three tola for the commencement of tbe blows." For a moment the Instrument was silent ; then the hammer of the magnet tapped the bell, " One, two, three," the tlgnal ; another pause of a few seconds, and the lightning came flashing eastward, vibrating over ' 2.400 miles between the junction of tbe two roads and Washington, and the blows of tbe hammer upon tbe spike were measured Instantly ta telegraphic accents on tbe bell here. At 2:47 f. M., Promontory Point gave the signal, "Done," and the Continent was spanned with Iron. Tbe same ceremony was observed at tbe military telegraph office in tbe War Department, where were present Secretary Rawlins, Generals Bberman, Townsend, and others. The President was unavoidably kept away by an engagement. The bell-taps here, too, repeated tbe blows of the hammer, and the completion of the great enter-' pnse was known here before the echoes of the at stroke had died out of the ears of those present at tbe ceremonies on Promontory Point.

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 11 May 1869, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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