The Telegraph Manual

A Complete History and Description of the Semaphoric, Electric and Magnetic Telegraphs
of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, Ancient and Modern

By

Taliaferro P. Shaffner, 1859

Table of Contents
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Title, Preface, etc.

Chapter 16 Chapter 32 Chapter 48

Chapter 1

Chapter 17 Chapter 33 Chapter 49

Chapter 2

Chapter 18 Chapter 34 Chapter 50

Chapter 3

Chapter 19

Chapter 35 Chapter 51

Chapter 4

Chapter 20

Chapter 36 Chapter 52
Chapter 5

Chapter 21

Chapter 37 Chapter 53

Chapter 6

Chapter 22

Chapter 38 Chapter 54
Chapter 7

Chapter 23

Chapter 39 Chapter 55
Chapter 8

Chapter 24

Chapter 40 Chapter 56

Chapter 9

Chapter 25 Chapter 41 Chapter 57

Chapter 10

Chapter 26 Chapter 42 Chapter 58

Chapter 11

Chapter 27 Chapter 43 Chapter 59

Chapter 12

Chapter 28 Chapter 44 Appendix & Index

Chapter 13

Chapter 29 Chapter 45

Chapter 14

Chapter 30 Chapter 46
Chapter 15 Chapter 31 Chapter 47

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