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The San Francisco Call, August 25, 1899, page 6:
THE WIRELESS TELEGRAPH AND THE SIREN.
YESTERDAY the people of San Francisco had a striking illustration of the difference between the swift, silent, scientific methods of legitimate journalism and the noisy and discordant pretensions of yellow journalism. In obtaining by wireless telegraphy the first report of the arrival of the Sherman off the Golden Gate The Call showed the people how enterprising journalism profits by every advance in science to increase its facilities as a gatherer and disseminator of news; while in the screech of its siren the Examiner showed how a faker in journalism brings mechanism to aid its howling over discomfiture.
The Call of course does not claim to have been the first to make use of wireless telegraphy. The system has been operated off the coast of England during the past summer, and similar experiments more or less successful have been made in many parts of Europe and in the Eastern States. The merit of the feat of The Call lies in the fact that it was the first use of wireless telegraphy in practical journalism; the first time the new marvel of science has enabled enterprise to accomplish a scoop over slow-going contemporaries.
The result was not attained without much work in the way of preliminary experimenting. For six weeks expert electricians in the service of The Call were planning, testing and working patiently to devise a wireless telegraph system that could be relied on when the emergency called for its use. In the meantime yellow journalism was polishing up an old second-hand siren and putting new screech pipes into the throttle of it.
At last the great day came. Through a thick haze upon the sea the Sherman, with California's heroes aboard, loomed upon the sight of the watchers, and instantly the wireless message of glad tidings was flashed to the Cliff House, and then to The Call office, and from there given to a rejoicing city. The system had proven to be of practical value to live journalism, and it was a happy coincidence that enabled its first service to be that of announcing the arrival of the California Volunteers home from the war.
In this contrast between the wireless telegraph and the siren the public has an epitome of all the thousand contrasts between the journalism of enterprise and the journalism of fakes. The one gathers news, learns from science how to accomplish new marvels of success and applies the learning promptly to the exigencies of the day; while the other fakes something that will make a noise out of old junk shops and attracts attention to itself by making more racket than a pig under a gate.
With the passing of the holiday the screeching of the Examiner's siren will cease for a time at least, but the wireless telegraphy of The Call will go on to still greater accomplishments, for the noise of fakers is but for a day, while the enterprises of science are for all time.