News in 17 Days

The two papers combined their resources to maintain correspondents in the more important cities of the East who were to wire important news to the telegraph point farthest west on the overland mail route, at that time near Springfield, Missouri. Here the mail coaches traveling west were to pick up the telegraphic dispatches, thus getting news from two to three days after the mail left St. Louis, giving the two papers that much advantage over their competitors. On the California end of the mail route the two papers aided in financing a telegraph line running 161 miles south from San Francisco to Firebaugh’s Ferry, near Fresno. For this financial assistance they obtained the exclusive right to telegraphic news dispatches over the line, and thereby secured another one to two days’ advantage over their rivals.” By the middle of January, 1860, the Bulletin and Union were receiving news from the East only seventeen days old, several days in advance of the other California papers.