Gen. Greeley, chief signal officer of the army, speaking of wireless telegraph work in Alaska between St. Michael and Nome, says: "This is the only long distance wireless telegraph system in the world, I think, that is regularly operated as a part of the telegraph system handling commercial business. On Aug. 6, 1904, it completed a year of uninterrupted service over its course of 107 miles. It has handled daily and uninterruptedly the entire telegraphic business of Nome and the Seward peninsula, which, together with the official business, averaged several thousand words daily.
More than a million words were sent during the year, many thousand being commercial code words in which no error has ever been traced to this section. In a single hour there have been transmitted over this section 2000 words without an error or repetition. Capt. Wildman was retained at Nome throughout an arctic winter to insure continuity of operation and the successful training of the enlisted force. During the year there were 134,630 messages besides considerable free official business. It was deemed proper to relieve the isolation of Alaskan life by furnishing daily the approved news bulletin to each military post and station, and by granting a strictly limited use of the line to intercommunication on social subjects between the different military stations."