Telegraph Wire severed – June 1864
A MALICIOUS ACT – OBSERVER SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 1864
The telegraph wire in Ryde was laid underground, which was easily and cheaply done; but, as the office is to be removed from the Town-hall to the Pier, the wire is carried thence over houses and across several streets. Many persons objected to this, as giving to a fashionable town a mercantile appearance without its profits; and the mildest objector was one Knight, because the Arcade was crossed. On Tuesday, at dusk, the wire was severed near the Arcade, and came down by the run, nearly cutting off the ear of a gentlemen in Union-street, and flooring another in Church-lane. But the funniest part of the business is that Knight should publicly disclaim knowing anything of the matter till 9am on Wednesday.