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MENELIK AND QUEEN VICTORIA.

THE MESSAGE BY PHONOGRAPH. It will be remembered (observes the Globe) that the Queen's message of friendship and goodwill to the ruler of Abyssinia, which had been spoken into a phonograph, reached the Emperor Menelik just after the reoent victory in the Soudan, and created a marked impression on his Majesty, Menelik was as plensed as a child with, a new toy; nothing would satisfy hjm but fo hear the inesßage at least a dozen tipies. First, he would listep to tho Queen's words as they c*j.m,e fr.W tyl 6 trumpet of the phonograph, and then would hivp thp par tubes adjusted. AVhen liis curiosity and delight had boon in part satisfied, Monelik relapsed into the solemn silence expected on such occasions, ordoped a Boyal saluto, i".nd remained standing (a very rare thing for tlint; potentate to do) while 17 guns wpro flrod. Mer)olik was evidently impressed with thp fact of t'l° Queen having taken thp tro-iblp fo Bppda Weoq&ge by the phonograph, for lie hae] himself ah^itdy ft'ipd tp speak into onp, and knew of thp bother involvpd it» securing a satisfactory rpcord- The Eru-pej-or of Abyssinia ia, it stppears, quite nj) adopt afc ppotfcy spepchos, and his apknowlodgmont of tha massage w»s most graceful. He was obviously flattered by the interest thus shown by the Queen, and as he had beeu somewhat perturbed \

by the Soud.n adi anie, Her Majesty's J expression of tho hope that the friendship between tho two Empires constantly increase came at an opportune moment to reassure Menelik, who, it may be added, wa3 much impressed by the firm and distinct tones of the Queen's voice. After the ceremony before the King tho instrument and cylinder -were taken into the Queen's enclosure, and it was subsequently reported that the Empress had been dolighted when she recognised her name, "I'aiton." Later, Menelik expressed a desire to hear the message again, and it was repeated many times. Subsequently the cylinder bearing the message was broken up. It was arranged that the reply of the King should be spoken into the phonograph and sent to England to Her Majesty.

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MENELIK AND QUEEN VICTORIA., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11187, 31 March 1899

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MENELIK AND QUEEN VICTORIA. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11187, 31 March 1899

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