The Phonogram (1901-10)

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A FROG RECORD. Editor of The Phonogram : If the following story would interest your readers you are welcome to use it. Last week, while on a vacation, at Yosemite Valley, I secured what I believe to be one of the rarest records that has yet been before the public. It is the record of a frog croaking, I secured it one night while playing my Phonograph, at Fresno Flats. I heard the frog nearby and thought that I could possibly take a record of its “music.” I adjusted a blank and the re- corder, and placed the machine about thirty feet from the frog, which was sitting under a rock by a spring. He was not frightened but kept on with his music. I filled the record about half full and thought I would try and get nearer. I succeeded in getting within half a foot of him and filled up the remaining part of blank. When reproduced, it played perfect—loud and clear— and everyone said it was the best they ever heard. When 1 reached the Valley I played it to a great many people. I didn’t tell them what it was until they heard it and many of them asked me “where the frog was” before I told them it was a “ frog record.” I might add that this rec- ord was the cause of my selling a Phonograph, though not the frog record, for I still have it to prove my story which some disbelieve. I intended to take a record of Yosemite Falls but could not get near enough without getting wet. W. B. Martin.