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NEW TELEGRAPH KEY FOR CEREMONIES INITIATED BY PRESIDENT TODAY. WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 26. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TOUCHED A NEW TELEGRAPH KEY THIS MORNING TO OPEN A CELEBRATION AT OMAHA, NE, COMMEMORATING THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPLETION OF THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. THE CHROMIUM PLATED INSTRUMENT RECENTLY REPLACED THE GOLD-PLATED KEY USED SINCE PRESIDENT TAFT'S ADMINISTRATION WHEN IT WAS REMOVED BY THE WIDOW OF THE LATE EDWARD SMITHERS, WHITE HOUSE TELEGRAPHER UPON HIS DEATH. L TO R: THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSMAN CHARLES F. McLAUGHLIN OF NEBRASKA. THE CELEBRATION IS KNOWN AS THE GOLDEN SPIKE CELEBRATION AND LASTS FOUR DAYS
NEW TELEGRAPH KEY FOR CEREMONIES INITIATED BY PRESIDENT TODAY. WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 26. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TOUCHED A NEW TELEGRAPH KEY THIS MORNING TO OPEN A CELEBRATION AT OMAHA, NE, COMMEMORATING THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPLETION OF THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. THE CHROMIUM PLATED INSTRUMENT RECENTLY REPLACED THE GOLD-PLATED KEY USED SINCE PRESIDENT TAFT'S ADMINISTRATION WHEN IT WAS REMOVED BY THE WIDOW OF THE LATE EDWARD SMITHERS, WHITE HOUSE TELEGRAPHER UPON HIS DEATH. L TO R: THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSMAN CHARLES F. McLAUGHLIN OF NEBRASKA. THE CELEBRATION IS KNOWN AS THE GOLDEN SPIKE CELEBRATION AND LASTS FOUR DAYS
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