Electrical Review, June 2, 1897, page 261:


    At Mobile, Ala., the other evening, subscribers of the Home Telephone Company had an unexpected treat. The Mexican band, whose reputation is world-wide, was giving a concert at the theater. The Home Telephone Company had previously arranged a transmitter in a good position, and run a circuit to the switchboard at the telephone exchange. When the concert began subscribers were called, their lines connected, and they were able to hear and enjoy the musical programme at their homes and places of business. The concert was also reproduced at Waynesboro, Miss., 125 miles away, over the long-distance instruments. This is a use to which the telephone may be put more and more in the future. Another Mobile invention is the "'phone party," in which a number of subscribers are all connected in one circuit, and can fire away as if all in one room.