He used to make a cable for his anchor of strips of hickory bark tied together.
A submarine cable (figs.
Communication with the United States is effected by land lines to Valparaiso, and thence by a cable along the west coast.
Even the splash of the anchor in the water, and the noise of the cable running out through the hawse-hole, in no way disturbed them at their occupation, or caused them to evince the slightest curiosity.
The cost of the cable before laying depends on the dimensions of its core, the gutta-percha, which still forms the only trustworthy insulator known, constituting the principal item of the expense; for an Atlantic cable of the most approved construction the cost may be taken at f250 to £300 per nautical mile.