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Description: Music by Telegraph

Date: February 23 1877

Newspaper published in: Athens, AL

Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL

Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6

Music by Telegraph
Through the courtesy of Colonel Wilson, of the Western Union telegraph company, a company of ladies and gentlemen had the pleasure, on last evening, at the office of Dr. John D. M. Carr, No. 327 west Madison street, of listening to a series of tunes. The telephone was placed upon a stand in the rooms of Chicago conclave, NO. 81, Red Cross of Constantine, connecting with the doctors rooms. Unlike that of Martins academy, it consisted of but a single box or sound-board, about two feet long by one foot in breadth, and perhaps, eight inches in depth. The playing began at half-past eight, and lasted till nine oclock, the programme including a number of old hymns and most of the national airs. The Captain with his Whiskers, etc., beginning with a bugle call. The musical sounds were perfect and the tones clear, though not loud. In character they were between the notes of a flute and those of an organ. A peculiarity of the playing, and one which it will probably be hard to obviate, was each note was struck with a staccato thud at the connection of the circuit. The instrument has a range of sixteen notes, in the highest and lowest of which the tones are somewhat imperfect and the volume less, just as in the vocal chords at a higher or lower pitch than they are capable of. At the close of the playing Colonel Wilson explained to those present hos the invention worked, substantially as told in the Sunday Times. Then Mr. John MCurdy gave the company some specimens of old time music, such as is capable of being extracted from an organ, and a general social time was indulged in, everybody being made at home by the doctor, who is a rare entertainer. Through the courtesy of the managers of the Western Union company, a telephone was placed in one of the Times editorial rooms during the day and connected with its special wire. A number of prominent people gathered to witness the workings of the new invention, and were not a little pleased. At nine oclock it began, without any warning to play a lively bugle-call, and followed with a variety of tunes, ranging from grave to gay. The instrument opens up a field of almost endless possibilities.Chicago Times.


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