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[149] of every anti-slavery speaker whose words were worth quoting verbatim. An orator like Wendell Phillips1 quickly appreciated the fact that he was addressing, not merely the little handful of the faithful who were gathered before him, but a bench of reporters for the local daily press, in addition to the official phonographer of the Liberator and the Standard.2 These reports the telegraph by and by dispersed to all the newspapers in the country.

1 See the first phonographic report of a speech by Mr. Phillips, taken down by Henry M. Parkhurst in Boston, Dec. 29, 1846 (Lib. 17: 7), and the orator's testimony to the superiority of the new method of reporting (Lib. 17: 83).

2 The official report soon became a necessary self-defence against systematic caricature or neglect on the part of a hostile press. See Lib. 20: 95, 96, 98.

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