This message was followed by a great number of others, and the wireless found itself almost powerless to cope with the first onslaught of business. People wanted to send messages on everything, from the last tuna catch to the prevalence of fleas. Of course, many of the communications were in the nature of greeting, but many were on business, and business men interviewed around the lobby of the Hotel Metropole by a Times reporter had nothing but commendation for the enterprise that enables them to visit Catalina and still keep in touch with affairs across the channel.
AVALON (Catalina) Aug. 23.--President Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, L. I.: Santa Catalina Island, heretofore isolated, sends greeting to her great American President, on the occasion of her being put into communication with the entire world through the medium of the Pacific Wireless Telegraph, a purely American invention, now in successful operation. [Signed] A. L. NEW, General Manager.