Uncle: Oh Samuel!
Sam: Oh Uncle!
Lady: And now I communicate with my friend. (to Blitzen). Think of the Lady Chancellor, Blitzino, (Blitzen thinks—in a moment his hand in violently jerked) Ah! an immediate response.
Blitzen: (repeats as if reading) “Of no importance. Have arranged difficulty”.
Uncle: And do you mean to say—why! I am utterly confounded What is it all about?
Lady: Nothing more simple. It is only a less cumbersome form of the electric telegraph. But we do away with wires and poles, and all that vulgar materialism, and employ the actions of the cerebrum upon detained electric forces.
Uncle: Oh dear, how ill I am. Samuel, I shall never survive this day.
Sam: My dear Uncle, I died long since.
Blitzen: (bowing and with premonitory electric symptoms) I am about to receive several impressions, your Potency.
Lady: Pray transmit them. (Blitzen gives her one end of a long string holding other end himself—Lady delivers the following with many electric movements)
The fever and ague has appeared at Gibraltar.
The Shah of Persia has eloped with another man’s wife.
Monaco had declared war against the German Empire.
My cousin Amelia desires my immediate presence at Washington.
(mummies groan—a pause).