Telegraphy, Electricity, Imperialism, Internationalism
Responds to messages exchanged by telegraph between the Lord Mayor of London, Sills J Gibbons, and the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Adolph H F Bartels. The author boasts that telegraphy can place a 'girdle round about the earth' in half the time Puck took to do the same feat. Notes that the 'tie' that hitherto bound Britain and the antipodes was made of gold, but adds that, owing to the 'electric fire', the tie now consists of 'a few strands of copper' that 'is likelier to last'. The electric wire enables the antipodes to be 'one in soul' with Britain, to be 'still at home, howe'er far off you settle', and to flash its 'warmth of kindred' to Britain. Despite the size of the world, where 'seasons stand reversed and nature new', the telegraph keeps 'Australian hearts and English true'.
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