Private-wire-house meaning

1895, Forest and Stream, Volume 44, p. 463.

Commission men, as a rule, will not accept discretionary orders. Their risk is great enough when directions are explicit. The following is the eloquent plea made, in a letter to a private-wire house, …

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1899, “Chicago Broker Expelled: Large Private Wire House Guilty of Connection with Bucket Shops.” The New York Times, December 14, 1899, page 2:

Edward Leland of the firm of Leland Ware, which in its line did the biggest private-wire business in the country, was expelled from the Chicago Stock Exchange today on the general charge of indulging in methods detrimental to the interests and contrary to the rules of the institution of which he had been a member only a year.

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Origin of private-wire-house

  • 1894, due to these brokerage companies owning or leasing telegraph lines (which occurred since 1873), so that market information could be transmitted more quickly.
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