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telex

a mode of electronic communication whereby matter typed into the sending terminal is printed out of the receiving terminal; one of the first forms of new technology to pose a problem for the legal system. Parties can be at their machines as they exchange messages or a message can be sent or received in absence. It was held that where there was instantaneous communication between the offeror and the offeree the formation of a contract between the parties was governed by the general rule that a contract was concluded where and when acceptance of the offer was received by the offeror. Where communication by telex is not instantaneous (as, for example, where the message is sent out of office hours or at night, or by a third party's telex machine), the time and place of the formation of a contract so made by telex can only be resolved by reference to the intentions of the parties, by sound business practice and in some cases by judgment where the risk shall lie, and not by applying a universal rule. See also ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS.
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If a tuning-fork could be made to sing by a magnet or an electrified wire, why would it not be possible to make a musical telegraph--a telegraph with a piano key-board, so that many messages could be sent at once over a single wire?
He was so deeply impressed by the progress made by these pupils, and by the pathos of their dumbness, that when he arrived in Canada he was in doubt as to which of these two tasks was the more important--the teaching of deaf-mutes or the invention of a musical telegraph.
At this point, and before Bell had begun to experiment with his telegraph, the scene of the story shifts from Canada to Massachusetts.
His fingers were fat, but there was something sensitive and shapely in the hand that lay on the table by the instrument in the telegraph office.
I'll have nothing to do with them," he said, looking with bleary eyes at the men who walked along the station platform past the telegraph office.
The telegraph operator of Winesburg, sitting in the darkness on the railroad ties, had become a poet.
The incident of the finding of that buried telegraph instrument upon the lonely Sahara is little short of uncanny, in view of your story of the adventures of David Innes.
If he had ever raised a cairn above the telegraph instrument no sign of it remained now.
And that was the way Dorothy heard that the Historian wanted to speak with her, and there was a Shaggy Man in the Land of Oz who knew how to telegraph a wireless reply.
The outer door closed on Archer and he walked hastily away toward the telegraph office.
And they come swiftly from the other side of the earth, over wires and cables, for your electric telegraph is a great alleviator of anxiety.
As I have said, the average German daily is made up solely of correspondences--a trifle of it by telegraph, the rest of it by mail.