Isle of Wight Observer March 4 1882

On Monday evening a most interesting lecture was given in the Mount-street school-room, upon the telephone, by the Rev H Hennings, who is said to have invented certain improvements in this wonderful instrument. The experiments were exceedingly interesting. A connection was made between the room in which the lecture was given and the National School, but the wire was so coiled that the message might be considered as being sent over a quarter of a mile. Mr Dimmick played upon the cornet ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ and other tunes, and was distinctly heard. The lecturer expressed the belief that ultimately with the telephone we should be able to hear across the Atlantic.

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