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Carrier Pigeon News Service: Excuse us. Napoleon lost.

1815. Page B17. Corrections: Carrier Pigeon News Service, Waterloo: Our apologies. Excuse us. Napoleon lost. We mistakenly sent the wrong carrier pigeon w/ the wrong message.

Congratulations to your Duke of Wellington. "Jolly smashing job!" you might say.
Corrected dispatch follows:

One of the most famous and consequential uses of real time knowledge occurred in Europe in 1815. Early in the 19th century information obtainable through communication channels about distant events was painstakingly slow to arrive. Roads were rough, unfinished, really little more than cart paths. There was no wire transmission or speedy organized courier services for delivering messages over vast distances. Word of the outcome of a battle, treaty or an important political affair could takes weeks or months to arrive where the result was most keenly anticipated.

The Battle of Waterloo is possibly the most famous military engagement in history. The battle site, the tiny, remote Belgian village of Waterloo, is synonymous today with one's "final act". Waterloo became Napoleon Bonaparte's denouement. His inglorious defeat by the British forces, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, expedited his exile to the tiny island of Elba and the decline of France as a military power for almost a century.

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We are sorry this news has taken us so long to prepare for dispatch. We hope to once again have our flock of carrier pigeons in service soon. To be certain this never happens again, our agents in London are preparing pigeon stew for their evening meal.

Our deepest regrets.

[Signed copy lost in transit]

Carrier Pigeon News Service, 1815

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