The Phonogram (1900-08)

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with wonderful distinctness came the old song, seeming to come from the field itself, “Just before the battle Mother I am thinking most of you While upon the ground we’re lying With the enemy in view.** No one can realize unless he witnesses it, the impression made by the combining of that picture with that dear old song of the past. But as the lecturer went on, the exciting scenes conse- quent upon the opening of the war with Spain, began to pass before us; the recruiting tent on Union Square, N. Y., the crowds about the bulletin in front of the great news- paper offices, and at last a regiment marching down Broad- way on their way to camp. Then, as in imagination the audience stood on the sidewalk amid the cheering crowds, suddenly a military band began playing that beautiful march “ Under the Double Eagle. ” Why it seemed as if we were really in New York seeing the boys off to camp or the front. Incident followed incident, until at last we reached Ma- nila Bay, May, ist, 1898; and then a beautiful picture flashed on the canvas; and Dewey stood before us on the bridge of the Olympia directing the fight. The audience went wild as Frank Stanley’s strong voice was heard 4 * When Dewey comes sailing home again. *' Step by step we were taken through the destruction of the Merrimac by Hobson, the death of Bagley, the des- truction of Cervera’s fleet and scenes about Santiago ; when the troops rushed up the hill at San Juan, the Phonograph began playing, 44 The charge of the Rough Riders.” The