William Hopper & Gramophone 5 Jul 1897 The Inter Ocean

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William Hopper & Gramophone 5 Jul 1897 The Inter Ocean  - TILE ' DAJLY TSTBH IN CHICAGO la of of or by ao...
TILE ' DAJLY TSTBH IN CHICAGO la of of or by ao maa-daria at PHONE PROBABLY BECAUSE HE HEARD A PASSINO REFERENCE TO THE ARMENIAN MASSACRES. ' is nickel-la-the-alof nickel-ln-tbe-slot bead-quarters traphophone la located, with reproducing apparatus all In place. One of the tea cylinders la placed In position, and the current started. . Ton hare only to press the button and the graphophone doea the rest, for la a moment . out of the somber black resonator comes tho literal ghoat of the aong Just aung by Mr. Llbby, the tone color slightly marred by a certain metallic quality, but still word for word, breath for breath, and man nerism for mannerism. Just aa he Bang it, and sufficiently loud and clear to be heard distinctly thirty or forty feet away. If this lot of ten cylinders proves satisfactory, as they almost Invariably do, when made by an experienced graphophone singer., the ten rolls are placed In a pasteboard box. labeled with the name of tho selection, and are ready for shipment. Mr. Llbby then steps back to hla Position between the piano and the receiving horns, makes the announcement of what he will sing, the buttons are pressed, tho cylinders . revolve, aad tea snore eeega In Mr.' Llbby'a beat atyie are la proceea of lneuba-tion. ' . ;.-..;' The number of songs It Is possible te turn out In an afternoon depend, of course. singer. Making all allowances for change of cylinders, rehearsals between aonga. and other necessary delays, ten different sets of records can be made In aa hour. This, of course, means 10 new rolls. Few singers care to make more than twenty records In an afternoon, as the nervous tension of singing for the sole benefit of a graphophone is very great. Frequently an entire hour la devoted te the recording of one song, alone, which is doubly wearing oa the singer. This la, of course, when the song is a "'popular seller" and the demand of the trade la great. , Songs "recorded" yesterday are ready for shipment la a few hours, and are undoubtedly en route today, to all parts of tae civilised globe, such la the demand. The first graphophone ever shipped to DEAR OLD JOE JEFFERSON PRESERVES "RIP" FOR THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. China was the result of the visit to the United States of a Chinaman t considerable prominence, who rejoiced In th oleaginous cognomen of Hung Fat. - Thia gentleman was visiting seme relatives who resided in Chinatown. San Francisco, during 'the Midwinter fair. - There, for tho first time, he beheld a graphophone and heard It titter Its ghostly message. Fear was the first emotion which stirred his manly bosom, but when the workings of the "devil," as be was pleased to call It, were explained to him. his terrors fled, only to be replaced by anger In most exaggerated form. He rel leved himself of a flow of language In his native tongue which would have discouraged for ever the board of foreign missions, and which, when translated and boiled down, signified "Mellicaa man belly gleat liar." Strange to relate, however, he became a regular visitor at the graphophone exhibit, and on his departure for China carried with him the agency for "talkee-talkee machines." and has since that time sold nearly 200 machines and seversl thousand records in China, through agencies at Hong Kong and Shanghai. ea far Varefsra Leads. . During' the past year large numbers of graphophones have been shipped to Yokohama. Japan: Auckland, New - Zealand; Odessa. Russia: Copenhagen, Denmark: Genoa. Italy; Paris. Berlin, Vienna, and ail the cities of Great Britain, as well as aa astonishingly large ryimber shipped to Mexico and South American points. Frequently, as In the case of the Chines ahlpmenta, thia business is the result of visits to this country by the foreign purchaser, still nearly all of this business In foreign lands cam through th personal Introduction of the graphophone by the officers of the company, who have made an almost endless number of Journeys all over the world, to establish these agencies. Oa tbe other hand, several of the buyers com regularly to Chicago. For Instance, the Auckland buyer- haa come to Chicago and placed hia orders personally, twice in the last three years, aad the continued on around the world to reach hla far-away bom la New Zealand. Nearly every crowned head of Europe has a graphophone, oae being shipped within th always en hand, still they are always behind oa their orders for Sous s marches. Issm tho Peeelar Senas. - Next In popularity ta the band music, comes the ever-changing but always "catchy" popular aong of the day. - Just at the present moment, the demand Is for such songs as "Take Bark Tour Gold." "Daddy's Oone to- New Tort." "All Coons Look Alike to Me," "Mr. Johnson. Turn Me Loose," "There'll Come a Time Some Day.", and similar compositions, la tho line of speeches, etc. Colonel Robert O. lngersoll seems to be In greatest demand. A large number of rolls containing selections Iron his lectures hare been shipped. These rolls were made by him when last In Chicago, aad are short records of excerpts from hia peech on "Hell." "At the Tomb of Napoleon." and from hia oraUon "At My Brethera Grave." . Probably next in popularity to Colonel Bob comes Joe Jefferson, who made a large number of records containing extracts, short, but characteriatlc. from "Rip Van Winkle." Pe Wolf Hopper haa found that "Casey at the Bat" was much sought after In England, aad Blllr Rice, the minstrel, has spent many hours reviving the antiquities of the past for the benefit of hia European cousin tarouga the medium of the phonograph. ' " - r. The only country on the face of the globe making any pretensions to etnitxatlon which haa not accepted tho graphophone la Turkey. A short time ago a graphophone was exhibited to the Sultan at a strictly private bearing. After all of Its 'wonders bad been explained Its usefulness as a bualneaa medium and an amuaement factor demonstrated, the 8ultan stated that he would not permit one to exist In his domain. To make aure of Ita absolute extermination he asked permission to have It destroyed then and there. The person who had brought the graphophone to the -Sultan said It was worth $1,600. but that If the Sultaa weuld pay for It. he might do what be liked with It- The price waa paid and the grapho- rhone broken up In th presence of the Sultan. Last year the president of th CM tago company, .who was traveling for pleasure through Europe and portions of -Asia, endeavored to take his graphophone with him Into Turkey, but the customs officials stopped him at the frontier. t Turkey Says Ke Graphsthese, Hla graphophone waa taken Into a private room In the custom-house, and all the higher officiate of the department ranged themselves about It In circles In truly Turkish- style. their legs crossed and smoking their pipes. Then the president was bidden to exhibit his graphophone. After he had done so and after a number of the Turkish custom-boue officers had talked Into It. one of which records the president still haa In hla possession, the entire machine was confiscated. Aa appeal was made to the authorities, and. after taking It almost to tbe Sultan himself, the president was told that if he would leave the country be might have his graphophone back again If he would promise never to bring it into Turkey again. To make sure that there should be no mistake, the Turkish government shipped the graphophone to Vienna "to be called for." and there It was reclaimed. With the exception of Turkey, every civil l:ed country in the world has the graphophone today, and the Industry of making "preserved voices" la a great and growing one. There are only three places in tbe world where these records are made for professional amusement purposes. In Chicago. New York, and Newark. N. J. The graphophoae. la Its present perfected form. Is controlled by patent owned by - tbe Columbia Phonograph company, which cover the world, so It Is purely, simply, and exclusively aa American industry. The graphophone of today la th legitimate child of the tinfoil talking machine invented by Edison. - Several years ago th Academy of Sciences INGBRSOLL EMBALMS A FEW REMARKS ON "HELL." In Paris offered a prise, called the Volta prise, cf an amount equivalent to about S3.600 for th greatest Invention of th Urn, aa Invention which should bring th greatest good to tno greatest number. This prii waa woa by Bell, and hla invention waa th telephone. Thia money was devoted by Bell to a special object, namely, to be used In furthering experiments In th perfecting of a talking machine. With the tin foil machine of Edison aa a basis. Alexander Graham Bell, assisted by Charles Sumner Talnter, at last developed wax-cylinder , -

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