BOURKE COCKRAN DICTATES HIS SPEECH 700 MILES
To a Stenographer in the New York World Office - When the Cost Cheapens Reporters May Stay Home
New York and Ann Arbor are a long ways apart even for a conversation, but time has annihilated distances and on Saturday last Hod. Bourke Cockran, the New York orator, by arrangement with the New York World called that paper and repeated to them by long distance Bell telephone all the long speech which he delivered in University hall in the evening, while a stenographer in the World office took it down. Of course this took time, and time over so long a distance is worth money and so Cockrans' or rather the World's telephone bill ran up to $95. The result, however, was very satisfactory, every inflection of the great orator's voice was distinctly heard in New York, and it was like dictating to a person in the same room. It is not often that a man is 700 miles away from the stenographer to whom he is dictating.
When a further advance in telephoning takes place and the cost is thereby lessened, reporters may stay in their offices and report meetings hundreds of miles away.
It was a somewhat novel experience for the orator and he was somewhat proud of the achievement and recurred to the event several times in conversation.