Mary had a little lamb. What am I refering to?
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Actually, the tale was supposedly cleand up for public consumption. According to Charles Edison, his father claimed that this (slightly) bawdy parody of the old hursery rhyme was the subject of the first recording: "Mary had a new Sheath Gown. It was too tight by half. Who gives a Damn for Mary's lamb when they can see her calf? HA! HA! HA!"
My grandfather was a Navy man. In fact he was on the bridge in Manilla Bay when Admiral Dewey gave the immortal order: "You may fire, Gridley, when ready."
So of course he fired Gridley.
It's a little known fact that within a week of Edison making this recording, bootleg versions were all over YouTelegraph.
The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. -- William Jennings Bryan