Baron Paul Julius de Reuter

THE desire for news, to be informed of what is happening elsewhere is as old as civilization and the Jews, like other people, have always been eager to learn. Thus, A scattered over Europe and beyond, they have always carried on a busy correspon? scattered over Europe and beyond, they have always carried on a busy correspon? dence with relatives, business connections and friends. By this means they sometimes obtained news of consequence in circles wider than their own, from abroad and, as happened occasionally in English history, were able to be of appreciable service to the Government of the country whose protection they enjoyed. Jews may therefore be said to have been by heredity, stretched over a score of centuries, specially equipped for the dissemination of news.

About 1830 Karl Friedrich Gauss, a great physicist but a still greater mathematician, began in Goettingen, a Hanoverian university town, his electro-magnetic

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