The first Nova Scotia Pony Express began operations. Carrying news, the express departed Halifax about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, headed to Amherst, and arrived in Saint John about 8 p.m. on Thursday — travelling time, Halifax to Saint John, about 27 hours. The service was run by Daniel Craig and Hiram Hyde, who had organized a fast horse courier service then called the Halifax Express, later known as the Nova Scotia Pony Express. Their express also connected with a chartered steamship service across the Bay of Fundy. The weekly service only ran till November 1849, when it ended due to the completion of the telegraph line that connected Halifax with Saint John, Boston and New York. There was also a brief express service to Victoria Beach, through Kentville, but it ended on October 2.