This is part of a private collection that belonged to Orpha May Spencer.
Please click here for her full private collection. The telegram was from Dr. James Lee to his then fiancee Orpha May Spencer. Click here for the Sioux Falls basic timeline. Click here to see items that relate to Worthing, SD.
The text below is a full transcription
Form No. 1.
THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY
23,000 OFFICES IN AMERICA. CABLE SERVICE TO ALL THE WORLD
This company TRANSMITS and DELIVERS messages only on conditions limitingit's liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message. Errors can be gaurded 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 transmissionor delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid theron, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after the message is filed with the Company for transmission.
This is an UNREPEATED MESSAGE, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
ROBERT C. CLOWRY, President and General Manager
NUMBER 38 SENT BY SE REC'D BY S CHECK 1 Paid
RECEIVED at 23 V PN 7/30 1903
Dated Sioux Falls SD. 30
To Mrs Orpha Spencer 1331 N 10 East[??]aus Ills
Will be in St Louis 210 Saturday August 1
Dr J Lee