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Excerpts From:
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison
Produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva

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    GEORGE GOURAUD:
    Gouraud in London, England. October 5, 1888 with Cecil Raikes, Postmaster General Sir Edmund Yates, Arthur Sullivan

    "Little Menlo. October 5, 1888. Phonogram Gouraud to Edison: Dear Edison. I propose to conclude a most interesting and agreeable evening by introducing to you a few friends and I'm sure you will be glad to hear their voices through your marvelous phonograph. Being myself a complete failure as an after dinner speaker I better than anyone else can appreciate the eloquence of one of England's most famous after dinner speaker, Mr. Edmund Yates."

    George Gouraud SIR EDMUND YATES
    "This is the record of a most marvelous dinner transmitted to you by your most marvelous invention. If I lack words to describe the dinner it is because I am so enchanted by your invention that I find myself much more stupid than I out to be after the grand excitement of our friends meads and wines. Sir Edmund Yates We will now go on to our next phonogram -- the voice of the great composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1888."

    SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN
    "I think this is the most wonderful thing I have ever experienced and I congratulate you with all my heart on this wonderful discovery. Arthur Sullivan."

    GEORGE GOURAUD
    "I will now only ask you to drink to the health of Edison. HIP HIP HOORAY -- HIP HIP HOORAY -- Those cheers and any kind words that any of you would like to say to Mr. Edison will be recorded on another instrument in the adjoining room and will be sent to America for the kind agency of Her Majesty's ...RRRRRRRRRR"


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