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Detroit Free Press, March 17, 1907, Part Four, page 4:
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Sweetest  music  gently  wafted  o'er  the  breeze
Whispering  to  the  flowers,  laughing  through  the  trees;
The  sound  waves  carry  the  magic  tones  so  glorious
To  your  enchanted  ear,  through  the  televent  victorious.

THE announcement of J. F. Land's electrical invention, the "televent," will make Detroit the center of all eyes for weeks to come. The televent will enlarge the field of the telephone, newspaper, pulpit, and stage. It will bring to your home, office or club a vivid report of things said or done, near or far.
    With a little imagination it will be easy for you to see the actual scenes.
    The televent is a listening machine, not a speaking telephone. Sound waves go one way on it, only. Over a telephone you call a person, or are called. On the other hand, you listen at the televent and cannot talk over the wire.
    Like all first-rate ideas, the televent is simple. You use a hearing disc, as in the ordinary telephone. These ear-phones may be placed anywhere you please. They fit into special plugs set in the wall. The ear-pieces may be increased in number, one for each member of your family. Or, you may use only one.
    You call central on the regular telephone; the operator connects you with the place you wish to be, say the theater, and you hear songs, speeches, music, exactly as though you were there in person.
    One of the good things about the televent is that it is not a costly apparatus. Perhaps as little as $24 a year will cover the ordinary service. This low rate is possible because no special wiring is necessary. The wires now used in the regular phone service are made to serve also for the televent.

Details  of  Televent.

    The televent apparatus is a new invention and a most important one. It is a combination of relays, and other devices placed in the central office, enabling the subscriber to be automatically connected with the televent service, without interfering in any way with the regular exchange calls.
    It is practically a secret service applied to the subscriber's line and does not add any burden to the exchange.
    Musical sounds, speeches, sermons, lectures, dramatic incidents, are gathered through the ordinary instruments and sufficiently changed to produce a satisfactory service.
    Perhaps you have noticed at the Temple theater or Detroit opera house, a small contrivance inclosed in a little wooden box? At the Temple theater it may be soon in the footlights.
    This instrument gathers the sound and distributes it to the televent headquarters; and from there, through their switchboard, it is redistributed to all subscribers.
    During the last illness of the late William C. McMillan, he was able to hear with the televent the nominating speeches at Lansing. Every word came as distinctly as though he were actually in the hall. Mr. McMillan heard the exact tones of the various speakers, the interruptions, the applause.
    And this explains the true meaning of the name, "televent." It originated in Detroit. Mr. Land, the inventor, thought it over and finally, asked himself. "What does this machine actually do? It tells the event to mind's eye. So, let it be 'televent.'"

Revolutionary  Changes  Coming.

    The field of application of the televent is national. It is the same as one ear for the entire country. One person may talk and all persons may hear. By means of the interstate system, it will be possible to bring to your ear all national events, regardless of where they may occur.
    Like the magic carpet in the Arabian Nights, all you have to say to the televent is "presto!" and you are there. The televent does the traveling. It is as quick as lightning.
    Suppose the president comes to town. You are a televent subscriber. You call up central and say, simply, "televent!" You add, "connect me with the club at which Mr. Roosevelt is talking." It is done, before you can wink your eye.
    You then place to your ear a receiving 'phone, like any other ear-phone and you hear the president talking, at your elbow. It is as though you were actually by his side. And he is 25 miles away. Yes, he may be even 100 miles off, for you may call from Grand Rapids.
    Or, it is a rainy night. You do not care to go out, but you would like to hear the latest drama.
    "Hello, central! Televent!" In a twinkling, you are listening to the actors at one of Detroit's theaters.
    On Sunday you get up late and do not care to dress, for church. "Central, televent, please!" Your favorite pastor is talking while you are lying in bed! You hear the impressive organ roll, the singing of the choir, the chink on the collection plate, and by and by the sermon. It is like a vividly real dream.
    You are at the hospital. What's to be done, to while away a weary hour? "Central, televent!" You are connected with New York city, and are listening to grand opera!
    You are a baseball crank but cannot go to the game. "Hello, central, televent!" Your office fades away, you are to all practical purposes actually at the ball field, and to your ear comes a voice.
    "Strike one!" You hear the coacher yell, "s-l-i-d-e!" and by the cheering you know that Gilhooley made second! "Jones at the plate," calls the expert, and after a moment's breathless silence you hear the crack of the bat and the voice cries out, "Good for two bases and Gilhooley scores!" and then you hear the bleachers yell. It's as though you were there.
    All that a televent subscriber has is an ear, or listening phone. There is a small wooden box also, with a switch, to disconnect the televent. Service is over the regular telephone wire. You can't have a televent unless you have a telephone.
    When you order a televent, you name the number of ear phones you want. Perhaps four will be enough for your family. The televent company puts in the plugs, to which you "plug in." That is all there is to it. Maybe you want one plug at the head of your bed, that you may lie down and listen to what is going on in the outside world; another in the dining room; two others in the parlor.
    When you wish to use the televent you call on the regular telephone and tell central what you want. If someone calls you over the telephone, while you are listening at the televent, your telephone bell rings. You switch off the televent and go to the 'phone. If you wish, you can say. "I am using the televent; call me up in an hour."

Televent's  Daily  Programme.

    To know when to use the televent, as a matter of course, you must keep track of the time events are going on in the world. To help you there, the televent company issues a daily programme. Here is the first one suggested. It will give you an idea of the televent's range. Read it carefully:


  7:00 a.m. to   7:10 a.m.--Daily news.
  7:10 a.m. to   7:20 a.m.--Daily Washington or national news.
  7:20 a.m. to   7:30 a.m.--Daily leading editorials.
  7:30 a.m. to   7:40 a.m.--Daily state news.
  7:40 a.m. to   7:50 a.m.--Daily local news.
  7:50 a.m. to   8:00 a.m.--Stock quotations for the previous day.
  8:00 a.m. to   9:00 a.m.--Repetition of the foregoing.
  9:00 a.m. to   9:10 a.m.--Something of interest to the household, cooking recipes, etc.
  9:10 a.m. to   9:20 a.m.--Weather forecasts.
  9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.--Mercantile special announcements, day's bargains, etc.
10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.--New books and criticisms.
10:20 a.m. to 12:00    m.--Special features.
12:00    m. to   1:00 p.m.--Noon news and instrumental music.
  1:00 p.m. to   1:10 p.m.--Daily menu.
  1:10 p.m. to   2:15 p.m.--Town topics.
  2:15 p.m. to   4:00 p.m.--Theatrical entertainments, etc.
  4:00 p.m. to   5:00 p.m.--Children's hour, special stories for little ones, etc.
  5:00 p.m. to   6:00 p.m.--Afternoon news.
  6:00 p.m. to   8:00 p.m.--Dinner music.
  8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.--Grand opera from distant points, etc.

These  Men  Already  Use  Televents.

    The televent is already in use in 100 homes in Detroit. These are connected by direct wire with the theaters. Later the list will be increased to include a hundred and one points of interest. There will be a televent at the stock exchange, banks, at the band concerts on Belle Isle, race track, club houses, hotels, library, political headquarters, court rooms, in short, wherever the public wishes to go, without the actual trouble of starting.
    The other day during the Republican caucus, Detroit friends heard all the proceedings in representative hall. Nominating speeches, the motions made, vote by roll call and other details were set forth as sharply as though the men in Detroit actually sat in the hall, at Lansing. The listeners in Detroit rubbed their eyes, wondering, if it were really true.
    Here are some of the first of Detroit's televent subscribers: Mr. C. L. Boyce, 51 Sidney avenue; C. F. Bielman, 285 Hancock avenue, Mr. Clark, 26 Hodges block; E. H. Doyle, 382 Jefferson avenue; C. C. Gardner, 353 Theodore street; Elwood T. Hance, 30 North Grand Boulevard East; Col. F. J. Hecker, Woodward and and Ferry avenues; Charles Hammond, 162 Jos. Campact avenue; Arthur Holden, 39 Bethute avenue; W. A. Jackson, 131 North Grand Boulevard; G. K. Kerwiz, Pasadena apartments; J. F. Land, 165 Chandler avenue; residence Mrs. W. C. McMillan, 452 Jefferson avenue; Mrs. Margaret Nester, Woodward avenue; Harry F. Patent, 91 Avery avenue; Fred Pos---, 89 Chandler avenue; Harry R---son, 66 Pallister avenue; Mr. Standart, 73 Trumbull; E. W. Wiggins, 447 Twelfth street.

Televent  of  Great  Value.

    Experts are of the opinion that Detroit will now become the headquarters for this new form of special report, "by televent." State rights will doubtless be leased and in time the nation will be familiar with Mr. Land's remarkable invention. General Manager Land, Michigan State Telephone Co., is already receiving inquiries about the ingenious instrument. He says that soon the Detroit company will be ready to serve the public in ways heretofore regarded as impossible. He also predicts that, no sooner the televent on the market than a cloud of inventors will extend the system in ways now little dreamed.
    That the future, in the transmission of sound, belongs to televent, as the past did to the phone, is the prediction of all who have had the privilege of examining the new instrument closely, and studying its adaptability to a wide range of intensely practical uses.

Themes  for  Poet.

    No sooner was Mr. Land's invention noised abroad than magazine writers, poets and photographers began asking for points. Still others, carried away by novelty of the invention, its possibilities social and domestic, began sending Jim Land verses. Following are some of the latest:
Having reached the evening --- ---
Nobly, won your battles --- --- strife,
Could you wish a morning more delightfully spent
Than listening to a sermon over the televent?

    And here is still another:
See the old bay mare--
Need not turn a hair!
That with turf news she may keep;
And know who's winner every ---.

    And once more:
When from ill-health you are convalescing
The televent will thrill you to ---ing
By hearing the truth of the --- clearly defined.
Giving strength to your body as well as your mind.

    And still again:
Shrewdly the speculator referred
To televent quotations on preferred