Education: Harrse, Hoss, Hawse

The simple, tragic tale of a rat named Grip, who could not make up his mind, was a piece of red hot news last week. William Cabell Greet, professor of Phonetics and the History of English at Barnard College, Columbia University, assembled seven men from scattered parts of the U.S. to tell the tale of Grip to wax discs in a recording studio of the Victor Talking Machine Co. The idea: to preserve for posterity accurate specimens of U. S. dialects.

Normal in every respect were the spoken words of a man from St. Louis, Mo. He sounded exactly like this:...