I note from Paul Charosh's fine book that Rev Byron Sunderland (b. 1819) made two discs:
5012 - 'The Lord's Prayer & 23rd Psalm' - April 9, 1898 5013 - 'Occurrence following assault on Senator Sumner' - date not specified, perhaps same as above
The first survives at LoC (online) - is there a good image of the center data? Only one take, I presume.
The second is only known from a "Wonder" (Double-Bell) catalog from 1898 where the first name is also just a "B."There, the catalog # is 15013 since Wonder generally just added a "1" prior to the usual Berliner disc number. The title has never been seen in an actual Berliner catalog as far as I know. No known surviving example.
As most historically-inclined people know, this is a reference to the famous "caning" of Senator Charles Sumner, but many years before (May 1856) - over the issue of Slavery. What was so relevant in 1898 that it inspired such a recording??
But the title of 5013 suggests that there is even an additional wrinkle, i.e. the contents are not about the beating per se, but an "occurrence" that followed...
Does anyone know what Sunderland had in mind - he was quite religious and died in 1901. Did the record ever get transcribed in some way?
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