[corresponds to page 1 of Sep. 1 telegram]
Form No. 1
THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY.
This company TRANSMITS and DELIVERS messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message.
Errors can be guarded against only by repeating a message back to the sending station for comparison, and the company will not hold itself liable for errors or delays
in transmission or delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid thereon, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days
after sending the message.
This is an UNREPEATED MESSAGE and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
THOS. T. ECKERT, General Manager. NORVIN GREEN, President.
NUMBER SENT BY REC'D BY CHECK
Sy w cw 55 [crossed out] 61 Paid [illegible]
Received at COLUMBUS, O. 205a M. Standard Time. Aug [crossed out] Sep 1 1884
Dated New Lexington O Sept 1
To Hon Geo Hoadly, Gov.
In view of our close proximity to New Straitsville and
the fact that many of the members including the
captain of company "A" 17 th [underlined] regiment are
coal miners who have relatives and friends in the
Hocking Valley mines we respectfully suggest that
our company be excused from service in the pending
difficulty. John W Free J.F. M c [superscript] Mahan J.G. Huffman