The Phonogram (1901-09)

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SEPTEMBER 1901 TWO GOOD ONES FROM WICHITA, KANSAS. The latest thing via Phonograph here, was carried out to perfection a few nights ago at the annual banquet of the Alumni Association of the High School. On the pro- gramme halfway down was a toast on “Echoes’* by a reformed tramp. This was an enigma and there was no end of comment. The toast master introduced him in a neat little speech and sat down—no one arose, the guests watched the door, but no one entered, the suspense became painful then “Kind Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen—” came from somewhere no one knew where. Then fol- lowed a witty toast about chasing echoes, being the echoes from members who were unable to be present, one from West Point, others around to Manila. So perfect was the record that the porter came in on the run “ Beg pahdon sah, did you say something ? ” It was an Edison Concert Phono in an adjoining room, hidden behind a thin curtain. Those not into the secret thought the speaker, whose voice they recognized, was talking through a megaphone, until the curtain was withdrawn. * * * June 10, 1901. A couple of weeks ago when the students of the Friends University were under quarantine on account of smallpox, I turned my Concert Phonograph Horn out of the window and gave them a concert. They were a block away, but they could hear plainly. 1 also being a newspaper corres- pondent sent it to the New York World that evening for the next morning’s paper. Franklin L. Paynx.