Pony Express Mail Too Expensive for Newspapers

While the California newspapers were eager for the Pony Express, they griped about the high price of news from the East. “We regret that the prices of telegraphic dispatches of news by this line has been placed at so high a figure as to preclude our publishing them … No paper without a fortune to back it, can afford the attending expense,” complained the Daily Appeal in Marysville. Rates were four dollars per hundred words, according to the Daily Appeal, and the average cost of messages from the East would be about a hundred dollars. Small newspapers could not pay those fees.