The demonstrator "told Seattle to go ahead and talk. And Seattle talked! Leading citizens gathered around; Colonel C. H. Larabee sang 'Suwanee River' here and every word of it was heard across the bay. The telephone was a success ..."(Sayre).
This was Seattle's first real telephone. A previous telephone was tried two months earlier, but it did not quite come up to par. Sayre writes:
"Seattle's first telephone ... was a strange affair. Down in Occidental Square ... two tin cups were connected by a silk thread forty feet long. Many of the words spoken back and forth could scarcely be heard, but everyone decided that the line had 'worked.' "