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on the shoulders of the President. The temper of the editorial woman candidate on the Prohibition ticket, but her candidacy is fairly indicated by the following quotation :
was evidently not taken seriously by the women voters, for she Under our form of government, Mr. Wilson is entirely
received only 382 votes out of the over 9,000 ballots cast by the responsible and solely responsible for the choice of his Cabinet women in that district. The Democrats won by a large pluraland for the selection of administrative officers outside of the ity in all four districts, and the result is taken by political leadCabinet. In no other country in the world, certainly not in Ger ers as a vote of confidence in President Wilson's announced many or in England or in France, is there a chief executive with policy of carrying on the war vigorously. so much power, power almost amounting to real dictatorship.
All observers agree that the women voters showed intelliFor the lamentable failures of the present Administration, there
gence, facility, and determination in their first appearance at fore, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Wilson alone is responsible. There
the polls and in their handling of the technique of marking and fore we may expect sooner or later that in spite of all the idolatry of the past Mr. Wilson will come in for a large share of the
casting their ballots. Their interest in their new civic function blame. ... Of course the President is to blame. But that is
is indicated by the fact that ninety per cent of the registered only a superficial view of the matter. We, the people, are infi
women voted, while less than forty per cent of the men who were nitely more culpable. After all, Mr. Wilson is doing what his registered appeared at the polling-places. This is partly exnature and accomplishments permit him to do. He is trying his plained by the fact that the men registered last October for the best to be a good war President. But we ... made the unpar Mayoralty election, while the women registered only recently donable mistake of electing Mr. Wilson President. There lies for this special Congressional election. Nevertheless, making the real blame. ... We voted for him because he was neutral
due allowance for this fact, it is clear that the women showed about the ruin of Belgium and because he was worse than neutral
a more serious and determined purpose in the election than the about the sinking of the Lusitania. ... We are sorry to say that
men. The election did not appear to interfere with the housea fairly large section of the public acts just like the New York “World.” Having voted for Mr. Wilson in order to be allowed
keeping or maternal duties of the women voters, and many of to go on profiting by the war, and having hedged Mr. Wilson them expressed themselves as finding the operation less difficult round with a sanctity that few monarchs and fewer saints have and confusing than they had anticipated. ever enjoyed, they are now beginning to look for some one to That the men are beginning to feel that their jokes at the blame, because they possibly have not enough coal to keep them expense of the women voters are recoiling on their own heads warm and not enough sugar to sweeten their coffee. . . . Our only is indicated by the following clever verses, signed “John hope of real and permanent improvement is, first, that the Nation
O'Keefe" and entitled “ The Missus's Vote," which we find in should realize its own culpability and put the blame where it be
the New York “ World :" longs, on its own shoulders. For the Nation elected Mr. Wilson with its eyes open. Second, that every one, even if he is a Demo
“And what frock will you wear when you vote?” crat, should cease to be an idolater and stop talking as if to criti
To the missus said I. cise the Administration were blasphemy. No one in England
“ Will you put on that marvelous coat thinks he is aiding the enemy simply because he ventures to sug
That it broke me to buy? gest that Lloyd George might possibly be mistaken. Look at
Will you dazzle the girls at the polls Northcliffe's utterances. It is a positive fact that if any Ameri
With your burden of boas and stoles can newspapers said about Mr. Wilson what the “ Times” and
From the sables and foxes and moles ?” “ Daily Mail” have said about Lloyd George and Asquith, Mr.
To the missus said I. Burleson would refuse to pass them through the mail.
“ You've another guess coming, oli beau," With rather grim irony, Mr. Burleson has answered this
Said the missus to me, editorial in the “ Metropolitan” by refusing to pass it through
“ This is not any Dressmakers' Show, the mail. When we say Mr. Burleson, we do not mean that he
Imitating Paree! personally issued the order. But certainly he is responsible for
For the costume I'm putting on view such acts in his Department. The order came from Postmaster
( That is, figuratively) for you Patten, of New York City. No one supposes that the New York
Is composed of the Red-White-anıl-Blue," Postmaster issued such an order, nor can he legally do so, with
Said the missus to me. out authority from the Post-Office Department. Mr. Lamar,
“Will you vote just about as you shop?" the Solicitor for the Post-Office Department, has issued a public
To the missus said I. statement in which he says that the Department did not issue
“ With a whirl at your cerebral top such an order, but that he (the Solicitor) wrote to the Postmaster
And with fingers that fly? of New York about the article by Mr. Hard in the “ Metro
Is a candidate yours for his airs ? politan," and that his “ letter may have been so unfortunately
Or the color of necktie he wears? worded as to fully warrant such notice to the publishers." The
Or the way that he brushes his hairs?"
To the missus said I. Administration has had a number of vexatious experiences with unfortunate phrases. It is certainly unfortunate that the peri
“ When your cheap little jesting is done,” odical with which Theodore Roosevelt is associated should be
Said the missus to me, debarred from the mails, even if such debarment was due not
“ I will vote for the Flag-and-the-Gun, to intent but to dubious and confusing phraseology on the part
And a world to be free;
For the triumph of Řight in the fray, of the Government. No public action has been taken against the anti-Ally, and
And the Yankees' victorious way,
And a peace that shall evermore stuy .'" therefore seditious, statements of the Hearst newspapers, or the
Said the missus to me. unspeakable course of that once outspokenly pro-German peri. odlical formerly known as the “ Fatherland” and now camou
From results of the ballot-box fight, Haged under the nom de guerre " Viereck's Weekly.” “Vie
It appears that she voted all right! reck's Weekly” has been persistent and malignant in its attack on Mr. Roosevelt because of his "win-the-war” activities, but then Mr. Roosevelt is merely an ex-President. Meanwhile, at THE WISCONSIN SITUATION this writing, March 12, we learn by telephone that the March A fortnight ago the upper house of the Wisconsin Legis“Metropolitan” is still debarred from the United States mails. lature censured Senator La Follette for his attitude in the war.
The lower house has, we are glad to say, confirmed this
action. As one of the Assemblymen said, " The State of WisWOMEN SUCCESSFUL AS VOTERS
consin is on trial before the bar of public opinion." He conOn March 5 the women of New York City had their first opportunity to show their mettle as voters on questions of Na
The people of the Nation ... expect us to condemn and tional politics. In four Congressional districts within the city
rebuke those in high and representative places who have sought there was a special election for Representatives in Congress. In to quibble and question and hamper and obstruct our Governeach of the four districts a Democrat, a Republican, and a So ment in the successful prosecution of the war. Senator La Folrialist candidate stood for election. One district put forward a lette has by his actions ... brought the fair name of the State
een womplete wito wed to celebet she did houta"
of Wisconsin into ill repute. The people of this Nation demand, w. between the two arises from Trotsky's conviction that the of us to rise to the occasion. . . . This much we must do ; we Russians ought to fight against a peace extorted by force-& concan do no less.
viction which comes too late in the day to be of value. The Legislature's action is significant of the opinion in Wis- The discussion of the proposed Japanese intervention in consin concerning one whose expulsion from the United States Siberia has continued. It has been denied that the United Senate is now being considered by a committee of that body. States has made (as had been reported from Japan) a demand He has had great popularity with a certain element in his State. for a guarantee of the withdrawal of Japanese troops from How much he has lost with those recent supporters who are now Siberia after the Russian crisis is over. standing with the Federal Government is not yet known, but The German advance towards Petrograd was unfairly we are sure that there has been a great, and that there will be pushed forward for days after the peace treaty was signed, a greater, shrinkage.
but seems to have been stopped during the week ending The Legislature's action also clears the situation for immedi- March 12, presumably to await the action of the Moscow ate activity in the Senatorial primary campaign to fill the Congress. Reports from eastern Russia say that Prince Lvoff vacancy caused by Senator Husting's death. For the Republic has put himself at the head of a movement in Siberia to fight can primary nomination there have been three candidates- the Bolsheviki, to repudiate the peace treaty, and to aid JapaJames Thompson, a follower of La Follette; former Governor nese troops which may be landed at Vladivostok. Prince Lvoff, Francis E. McGovern, a man of high administrative ability it will be remembered, was the head of the Council of Ministers and in the forefront among Wisconsin statesmen ; and Irvine which assumed power in Russia just after the deposition of the L. Lenroot, the able Wisconsin Representative in Congress, Czar. There are other indications of armed resistance to GerOn March 11 Mr. McGovern announced his withdrawal from many in Russia, especially among the Cossacks under General the race. Mr. McGovern's action, as stated, was based on the Semenoff. indictment, on the charge of violating the Espionage Act, of Victor Berger, the Socialist candidate. This indictment, as Mr. McGovern says, practically removing Berger from the list of
RUMANIA SUBMITS candidates, may cause Berger's followers to go in a body to the Sympathy rather than condemnation is the universal feel. support of James Thompson, the La Follette candidate, at the ing toward Rumania. From the time she entered the war she Republican primaries, and insure his nomination on the Repub- has been unfortunate, and she has also been betrayed. If there lican ticket should both Lenroot and McGovern remain in the had been complete unity in the plans of the Allies, Rumania field to divide the patriotic vote of the party. The statement would not have been allowed to enter upon a widely extended issued by Mr. McGovern concludes:
offensive campaign without support. She did not receive at In the public interest, therefore, and so that my party may not
the time of her first defeat the support she should have had be disgraced and discredited for years to come, as now seems from Russia. Finally, the military dissolution of Russia left inevitable unless the choice of the Republicans is narrowed down Rumania, or what was left of Rumania, open to hopeless defeat. to one candidate on each side of the great, vital, and tran The treaties between Rumania and the Teuton Powers and scendent issue of loyal and patriotic Americanism, I now retire
between Rumania and Russia deprive Rumania not only of in Mr. Lenroot’s favor and place my services at his disposal.
that part of the Dobrudja which Rumania received in 1913 after Mr. McGovern's action will redound to his credit.
the second Balkan War, but of the older Dobrudja territory Writing to The Outlook, Mr. Lenroot also takes this view of which Rumania took from Turkey under the Treaty of Berlin the coming onslaught on the Republican primaries. He says: in 1878. This cuts Rumania off from the Black Sea, or at least “ The loyalty fight is in the Republican party; the pro-Ger- from her best Black Sea port, Constanza. Presumably, in any mans and pacifists seem to think that because of La Follette's distribution of Balkan territory which should follow a German attitude they can make their best fight there. It is going to mean victory in the war, the Dobrudja would go to Bulgaria, Bessit hard campaign, but I think we are going to win.”
arabia would go to Russia, under German control, and the The principal Democratic candidate at the coming primaries main part of Rumania would be one of those nominally selfs Joseph E. Davies, a meinber of the Federal Trade Commis- governing states which would in all but name be Teuton depension, who is said to enjoy the Federal Administration's support. dencies. Rumania undertakes to evacuate Bessarabia at once,
and a common belief is that Germany has agreed that Russia-
that is, a German-managed Russia-may re-enter Bessarabia. RUSSIA'S FATE IN SUSPENSE
To the All-Russian Congress of Soviets, which met in Moscow on March 12, President Wilson sent the following
THE AMERICAN ARMY IN ACTION message:
There is a stir of spring activity in the armies on the westMay I not take advantage of the meeting of the Congress of ern front. In this activity the American troops are taking a the Soviets to express the sincere sympathy which the people of constantly greater part. For instance, on March 11 came the the United States feel for the Russian people at this moment reports of a raid on that day which is described as the first when the German power has been thrust in to interrupt and wholly American raid and reconnaissance. It was in the sector turn back the whole struggle for freedom and substitute the
north of Toul, had been carefully rehearsed, and was a notable wishes of Germany for the purpose of the people of Russia?
success. Although the Government of the United States is, unhappily, not now in a position to render the direct and effective aid it
The accounts state that our American barrage fire was adwould wish to render, I beg to assure the people of Russia
mirably managed. Under its cover the American force (the through the Congress that it will avail itself of every opportu
censor will not allow the number to be stated and provokingly nity to secure for Russia once more complete sovereignty and
cuts out other interesting details) advanced boldly, penetrated independence in her own affairs and full restoration to her great for three hundred yards the German first and second lines. rôle in the life of Europe and the modern world. The whole inflicted many casualties on the enemy, captured munitions and heart of the people of the United States is with the people of supplies, and returned without the loss of a man. Russia in the attempt to free themselves forever from autocratic
Casualty lists just published give the names of thirty-one government and become the masters of their own life.
American soldiers killed in action, but before the raid just The Moscow Congress has been called for the express pur- described. The new system of giving out casualty lists from pose of ratifying the peace treaty signed by Germany and dele- Washington under which name, rank, and cause of death or gates representing Lenine. How far it is truly national and character of wound alone are given, and the residence in this representative is doubtful; some reports state that it is made up country, date, and place of action are withheld, has caused much solely, or nearly so, of delegates from the workmen's, soldiers', criticism and anxiety here. It is said, however, that General and peasants' committees.
Pershing thinks that any fuller report might be of value to the Meanwhile Petrograd despatches speak of a split in purpose enemy. and feeling between Lenine and Trotsky, and the resignation of The safe arrival in France of the American Secretary of the latter as head of the Russian Foreign Office. The division War and of transports carrying ten thousand American troops
THE GREATEST SPRING DRIVE
LET OLD SOL HELP!-SET THE CLOCK ONE HOUR AHEAD ! TWO WAYS TO ADVANCE THE GOOD WORK OF WINNING THE WAR FOR CIVILIZATION
is another cause for congratulation on this side of the water.
Our British comrades on the western fighting front were in fierce action on March 8 and 9, in the Ypres-Dixmude sector. They sustained savage and repeated attacks by the Germans on those days, and where the British were first driven back locally they later by counter-attacks re-established their lines.
to prevent or answer any challenge to this country. He urged this, not with the idea of outstripping other countries, but merely to enable the United States to hold its own. He de clared that “ treaties are of no use without a fleet," and that " battle-ships are cheaper than battles.”
Events since those words were uttered have confirmed their truth.
his plaas an Irish eighties Chan
A GREAT IRISH LEADER
MUSIC FOR CHILDREN In the early eighties Charles Stewart Parnell fell from If any one would like to see fifteen different nationalities grace as an Irish leader. John Edward Redmond rose to take in the process of being welded into citizenship, let him call at his place. Not as spectacular as Parnell had been, Redmond the red brick building, evidently adapted from three former proved to be a far safer leader for Ireland.
dwellings, at 51, 53, and 55 East Third Street, New York City, His thirty-seven years of service in the House of Commons on the first Sunday afternoon of any month. have now ended. He was sixty-eight years old. His death has East Third Street runs from the Bowery to the East Rivn. come as a shock to all who have watched the Irish leader's It is a typical East Side street. Its passers-by are Jews, of seemingly youthful strength. Mr. Redmond's portrait appears course-Russian, Rumanian, Hungarian, Austrian, German, on page 450.
Syrian Jews. But there are also Christians-Armenian, Ital: The truth is that Redmond was what every great leader mustian, French, Belgian, Swedish, and white and black Amerianbe, no matter what his later attainments-he was a real person and Chinese besides. ality. He gloried in the title of Irishman, and no man ever. Inside the building on a recent Sunday afternoon the visitor presented to the world the virtues of the Irish more attractively. might have found children from five years of age up, standing
In the second place, Redmond's long Parliamentary experi. and sitting about, enjoying their so-called “ rally," or rehearsal ence and his incessant devotion to Parliamentary activity made for the public concert of the school given in Carnegie Hall on him notable. When one heard him speak in the House of Com- March 6. mons, therefore, he gave the impression not only of a party This is one of the features of an enterprise which has existed leader but also of a Parliamentary authority.
for a quarter of a century. Inspired by it, twenty other similar Though for years vigorously opposed to Mr. Redmond on all enterprises in various parts of the country have been estah Irish political questions, Sir Edward Carson, the Ulster leader, lished. It is the Music School Settlement. recalling that he had known Mr. Redmond for thirty-five years, A thousand children in New York City go to this school. said: “I cannot recollect that one bitter or personal word ever They sing free of charge. They take lessons for which they pay passed between John Redmond and myself. .:. Indeed, we from ten to fifty cents—and last year some thirty thousand were not very far apart in our attempts at a settlement of the hours were devoted to those lessons. The settlement has a Irish question. .. . He was a great Irishman and an honor. library of seventy-five hundred compositions. These statistics able opponent, and as such I mourn his loss.”
are eloquent. But they become more eloquent when we realis But the thing which Englishmen, Scotchmen, and Welshmen, that the children are not only learning to enjoy one of the five as well as the great majority of Irishmen, are thinking of to-day arts, but have the benefit of the best instruction, brought tingin is Redmond's loyalty. At a time when he had attained the great cially within the reach of virtually every one in the community, project of his life and had succeeded in getting Home Rule for where otherwise only three or four per cent would have the Ireland, knowing that his enemies might take advantage of the opportunity ; that the privilege of social service is impressed an war to cast a cloud over that law—as they did-he was not de- the pupils, as they are sent on many an occasion to play without terred from unrestrainedly and unconditionally pledging the aid charge for schools, churches, and charitable institutions ; that, of the Irish to England. His speech in the House of Commons on the other hand, the financial status of the pupils is improved at the outset of the war will rank with the great historic speeches by the hundreds of paid engagements secured to them through of our time. He set an example which all of Ireland should out the year; that, besides maintaining regular summer courses, have followed. His open espousal of Great Britain's cause at that roof playground, and baths in the Third Street house, the critical time was worth thousands of men to the armies of liberty. Settlement sends more than a thousand children every summer
to two camps, one at Newfoundland, New Jersey, the other at
Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, and that out of all this the chil“ BATTLE-SHIPS ARE CHEAPER THAN BATTLES”
dren are becoming constructive forces in our civilization. Out An efficient public servant has just died-George von of the friendly tumult of the Sunday afternoons at the Nd Lengerke Meyer. He was not quite sixty years old. Born to brick building in Third Street, out of the violins scraping and great wealth, he used it well. It did not check his activity. tuning, out of the patience of the director, Mr. Arthur Farwell After his graduation he went into the rubber business and also have come attention and discipline. became an officer of many large industrial and financial con- At the Music School Settlement there are applicants for cerns. He entered the Boston Common Council, and then the lessons who cannot be supplied. There is a long waiting list. Massachusetts Legislature, where he became Speaker of the There are hosts of children who for lack of accommodations at House. In 1890 President McKinley appointed him Ambas- the school are denied the chance to learn what music will meau sador to Italy, where his success justified his transfer to Russia to them as they grow older, and to find in it a solace in perplex by President Roosevelt, who two years later recalled him to accept ity and sorrow. The children who want to come to the schod the portfolio of Postmaster-General. From this post he was should have the chance to come, and the men and women wir transferred to that of Secretary of the Navy. As Secretary he are maintaining the school should be supported. showed the resources of a practical statesman who knew how to utilize direct business methods in cutting administrative red tape. But in this position he also displayed two qualities which BLOCH'S
BLOCH'S YOUTHFUL SYMPHONY should cause his name to be remembered. The first of these qual America has become a refuge for musicians. Never before ities was economy. Over and over he pointed out that we had too were there so many people of distinction in the world of me many dockyards for the size of our Navy. He recommended the resident in this country as there are to-day. One of the late & abolishment of such yards as that of New Orleans, a hundred arrivals is the famous violinist and violin teacher Auer, who miles up the Mississippi River, and the extra yards in such for the time being at least, living in New York. Another su States as Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Florida, which refugee, if he may be so called, is the Swiss composer Ernes already had one yard. The other quality was his sense of the Bloch. He is now temching and lecturing at the David Manac necessity of preparedness. He urged as the minimum of effi- School in New York ('ity, and is settled in that city with bo ciency the construction of two battle-ships a year. Our naval family. policy, he said then, should be to possess a feet powerful enough Last year a number of Mr. Bloch's works were perform
land aroused considerable interest, partly because of their FOOD IN FRANCE intrinsic qualities and partly because they were set forth as We are in receipt of some interesting little bread tickets examples of modern Jewish music. Mr. Bloch has called one of from France. They show what the consumer has to meet there. his symphonies “ Israel ;" he has named a group of his composi- They are issued by the French Government and are stamped, tions "Three Jewish Poems;" and he has composed psalms and for instance, “3 Février,” “4 Février,” or “ 5 Février, 1918,"
Hebrew rhapsody. Last winter he conducted a cycle of his as the case may be, and each reading “ 100 grammes de pain." Jewish works in Philadelphia.
The consumer gets three tickets each day, each ticket entitling On Friday afternoon, March 8, he conducted the Philhar- him to 100 grammes (about 3%, ounces); he may thus count on monic Orchestra in a performance of his first symphony. It is not a total of 101, ounces a day. The difference between this ration bne of his recent works. In fact, he composed it sixteen years and the average daily consumption per head before the war is 100, when he was twenty-one vears of age, and he has frankly seen in the fact that then it was about 26 ounces per head. acknowledged that it “has probably the qualities and defects of No cream may be offered at any public eating-place, only youth.” It is an astonishing production for a man just through milk, and even milk may not be offered after nine o'clock in the his preparatory musical studies. It is very hard for the layman morning. Nor may butter be served. Nor may solid food be to understand how anybody twenty-one years of age could served between 9 and 11 A.M. and between 2:30 and 6:30 P.M. have mastered all the technical intricacies of music necessary for No restaurant keeper may serve at any meal more than four the production of such an orchestral work as this.
courses to the same customer : the first course to be soup, oysters, The amateur listener at that concert might well have won or other hors d'ouvre; the second and third to be of meat or other lered how such a symphony would have struck Haydn or dishes, with or without vegetables ; and the fourth to be a dessert, Mozart. We can imagine either of these old worthies clapping such as fruits, compote, preserves, marmalade, or an ice made his hands to his ears and rushing to the street to find relief in without milk, cream, sugar, eggs, or flour. Of course the making the clatter and the rumble of the Seventh Avenue subway of biscuits, pastry, and confectionery is prohibited. under construction. Nevertheless, the work is obviously sincere, Food coming under the public eating-place restrictions and vigorous, and earnest, and in instrumental color original; but bought elsewhere may not be eaten at such establishments. Moreit is terrifically noisy.
over, all restrictions of patrons of public eating-places apply also It is not so much that there is but an occasional piece of to persons living in an apartment or in a hotel, and to clubs and noise as it is that the noise is sustained. Dissonance is involved other places where the consumption of food is not entirely free. with dissonance at high tension.
France is obviously restricted in her supply of food, and it is That, it seems to us, is one of the signs of the youthfulness of clearly possible that she may become even more restricted. The which Mr. Bloch himself has made mention. The greatest resultant obligation on America is evident. xperiences in mature life do not express themselves in noise. Such an impression of vastness bordering on infinity as may be lerived from the sight of the quiet sea or the prairie or the
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS ky at night is deepened by silence. Simplicity may almost be aid to be an essential trait of greatness. The creative genius
At the very beginning of the war it was evident that there s the one who selects, out of the tangle of dissonances and com
were going to be in it not only bad deeds, brutal deeds, but also lications and baffling inconsistencies and antagonisms of life,
good deeds, magnanimous deeds. One such is found in Coningsby hose elements that reveal unity and harmony and wholesome
Dawson's “Carry On:'' leks. It is only that youth who has not had experience who is
During one fierce engagement a British officer saw a German timulated by all the things that clash. So perhaps it is
officer impaled on the barbed wire, writhing in anguish. The
fire was dreadful, yet he still hung there unscathed. At length Jatural that Mr. Bloch's symphony should be a sort of external
the British officer could stand it no longer. He said, quietly: "I lexcription of a young man's view of this discordant world.
can't bear to look at that poor chap any longer.” So he went out It would be easier to accept this as a piece of genuine ex under the hail of shell, released him, took him on his shoulders, pressionism on the part of a young man if there were intrinsic and carried him to the German trench. The firing ceased. Both nusical beauty in the material which the composer used, but it sides watched the act with wonder. Then the commander in the s hard to discern any such intrinsic musical beauty at a single German trench came forward, took from his own bosom the Iron varing. The greatest pictures retain evidence of their greatness
Cross, and pinned it on the breast of the British officer. Such an * pictures even in reproduction. So it is with the greatest
episode is true to the holiest ideals of chivalry ; and it is all the
more welcome because the German record is stained by so many musical compositions. A Beethoven or a Brahms symphony is,
acts of barbarism which the world cannot forgive. trourse, but a pale reflection when it is played by two amaHors in a four-hand arrangement on a pianoforte; but those Another magnanimous deed has just taken place on this side mateurs who play that symphony again and again cannot of the Atlantic. The other day, on the coast at the Cape May emain in ignorance of the elements in the symphony that make aviation station, Ensign Walker Weed, one of the first I really great. We cannot imagine two amateurs playing a aviators to be graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of our-hand arrangement of Bloch and getting anything out of it. Technology, and one of the best fliers in the corps, was driving We cannot imagine them playing it, anyway.
a service hydro-airplane. When the plane was about fifty feet The great fault of even so honest and capable and astonish- above level, the wire which controlled the steering apparatus ng a piece of work as this is that it is hopelessly “modern." broke. The plane plunged down. When it struck land, there That means that it is hopelessly artificial. The soldiers in camp was a back-fire, and the three gasoline tanks exploded, envelop. who xing" Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” willing the machine and its occupants in a whirlwind of flame. ppreciate the beauties of Schubert's “Unfinished Symphony;" Weed unstrapped himself and, with his clothes afire, ran but it is hard to imagine any group of people who have a natu- towards the ocean, but before reaching it looked back to see a liking for music, but are not sophisticated by any theories if his companion, William Bennett, was following. Bennett f modern musical impressionism, getting any enjoyment was still bound to the plane. Weed ran back, and finally extriIc*pt perhaps a thrill of astonishment out of the “ C Sharp cated Bennett. By this time both aviators were burning to Amor Symphony" by Ernest Bloch.
death, the flames being so fierce that the crystal of Weed's The armies that are fighting on the other side are making a wrist watch was melted off. They struggled towards the sea. Test deal more noise than Napoleon's soldiers ever heard, but Bennett fell, breaking his nose, and, though Weed stumbled He have yet to hear that the great war has developed a Napo- too, he succeeded in dragging the still helpless Bennett into the
. A great many modern composers can make orchestras water, where they were freed from fire, rescued by brother Wrform more wonderful feats than Bach, with all his elaborate officers, and hurried to the base hospital. At first it was thought nd marvelous counterpoint, ever imagined ; but, after all, Bennett would recover, though his legs had been burned pracWah, after nearly two hundred years, is still a " live one.” tically to the bone. Ile clied, however, a week later. Weed died
If a young composer should ask our advice as to how he might immediately, his death being due not so much to his fearful 3 the modern world attain distinction, we should counsel him burns as to the result of inhaling flames. # study simplicity.
His act of devotion deserves to be ranked alongside those