The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 10, 1901, Page 3, Image 3

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    THE COURIER.
-, th.it instrument, and had written
two very creditable light operas, "The
Wizard of the Nile" and "The Sere
nade." The first of these two in melodic
quality was certainly superior to any
cuiiiic opera that had been originated
in this country for many years. The
instrumentation was broad and skill
ful and the opera was ricli in naif
and catchy arias. The first thing Mr.
Herbert did after he took charge of
the orchestra was to enlarge it from
sixty to eighty pieces, putting in a
large portion of brasses, which he
declared indispensable to the produc
tion of Wagnerian music. "The trick
of the ex bandmaster," as Frederick
Archer, the organist, contemptuously
declared.
From a business point of view, Mr.
Herbert's directorship has been a
uiost successful one. He is a good
'"business man and a born manager of
men. His musicians swear that he's
the best fellow in the world and the
most generous. lie lias helped the
orchestra to get clear of debt and to
make money. He has discharged his
duties faithfully and yet found time
to swell his private income by writing
such execrable musical nonsense as
"The Ameer," "The Fortune Teller"
and "The Singing Girl," besides sev
eral orchestral suites and one sym
phonic poem, "Hero and Leandar,"
which abound in cleverness, yet
totally lack any reason for existence.
The truth of the matter is simply
that Herbert is wholly mercenary and
is in no sense a conscientious music
ian. With the constitution and ani
mal energy of the Irish giants who
may have been his direct ancestors,
he is able to eat and drink and work
enormously without showing any evi
dences of wear and tear.
An organizer, a clever workman and
a good citizen the man surely is, but
to ask for inspired composition or for
y irreproachable interpretation from
Iiuu is, to reverse Charles Lamb's
simile, like asking for champagne at a
mutton shop.
FROM MEMORY'S RIVER.
KLL.V WHEKLKR WILCOX.
Not every air that a master composes
Can tnrill human heart-strings
with pleasure or pain;
But strange, simple chords,
like the scent of tbe roses,
Breathe out of some measures,
tho' simple the strain.
And lo ! when you hear them
you love them and fear them,
You tremble with anguish;
you thrill with delight ;
For back of them slumber
old dreams without number,
And faces long vanished
peer out into sight.
Some airs are like outlets
of memory's ocean ;
They rise in the past
and flow into the heart ;
And down them float shipwrecks
of mighty emotions,
All sea soaked and storm tossed
and drifting apart.
Their fair timbers battered,
their lordly sails tattered,
Their skeleton crews of dead days
on their decks ;
Then a crash of chords blending,
a crisis - an ending,
The music is over,
and vanished the wrecks.
An exchange says that a Nebraska
editor dreamed that he died and, of
courpe, went to heaven. Ho knocked at
the golden gate and was promptly ad
mitted. After spending several hours
taking in tbe eights of the city ho came
upon a man in chains. This greatly
surprised him, so he inquired of St.
Peter if they had to punish men in
heaven. "Oh," aaid the good saint,
"that man is just from Nebraska and we
always have to chain INobraskaos to
keep thorn from going Hack."
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All clubs belonging tn tho N. F. W.
C. who have rotained library books
longer than six months will please re
turn them at once to tho stato librarian,
Mrs. Hello M. Sloutenborough, Platts
moutb, Nebraska.
Mrs. Stnatenborough wishes to mako
a new catalogue of tbe books beforo the
meeting at Wayno.
A following comprehensive report of
tbe twenty-third annual mooting of tho
American Library association, contrib
uted by the state librarian, Mra. Stout
enborough, will bo of interest to club
workers:
The association has not met in the
middle-west since 1S93, but the progress
made in library work in this section dur
ing the past few years seemed to "beck
on" to the eastern librarians to come
west and interchange idoas and experi
encesnot over the teacups, but over a
glass of the famous Waukesha springs
water.
Waukesha is an ideal place for a meet
ing; and Fountain Spring House, with
its wide halls, beautiful parlors and
grand porches, was selected as head
quarters for the A. L.A. Tho general
sessions and Bection as well as the com
mittee meetings were all held at tho
hotel, and the management spared no
pains to give their seven hundred and
iifty library guests a-good time.
"It doesu't look as though tho country
was going to the dogs because of the
lack of library privileges," I overheard
a gentleman say in tho elevator at the
Fountain Spring House. One can only
realize the wonderful impetus given to
library work this last year when she
roads the report of George Watson Cole,
chairman of the commit'.oo on gifts and
bequests made to the A. L. A. The
magnificent sum of SIG,l'5O,220.12 has
been distributed this year in 105 sepa
rate gifts; 391 in thirty-nine of tho Uni
ted States, nine in the British provinces
and two in Scotland. Tbe amount so
vastly increased over that of last year is
largely due to tho munificent gifts of
Andrew Carnegie. His gifts afono ag
gregate 811,210,500.
Tho transfer of the John Carter
Brown library to Hrown university by
tho trustees of the Hrown estate, is ono
of tho important library events of tho
year. This library contains ono of tho
finest collections of Americana in this
country. It is estimated that tho library
is worth 51,000,000, and carries with it
legacies of $050,000 for endowment fund
and library building.
Tho topic which seemed to bring out
the warmest discussion was "Trustee
ship of Literaturo." Mr. Georgo lies of
New York and Dr. Richard T. Ely of tho
University of Wisconsin addressed the
general assembly on opposite sides of
tho question. At the close of their pa
pers a general discussion followed which
lasted until the hour of adjournment.
Mr. lies supported the plan of trustee
ship, Baying that a great many people
waste much valuablo time in reading
worthless works, when a proper system
of trusteeship would post them as to
what books would bo or valuo to them
and what ones they should let alone.
He also thought a criterion could be
established for tho selection of library
bookn, stating which should be used in
libraries with reference to topics.
Dr. Eiy objected especially to this
plan. "Have we," said Dr. Ely. "a judic
ial body of men who could render these
estimates?'' He spoke of the frequent
narrowness and prejudice of book re
viewers. "Above all things," he said,
"the effort should bo to keep a free way
for new truths."
There were so many helpful suggest
ions given at each general session that
one can Bcvrcelj toll wheio to glean in
writing a brief account of tho Wauke
sha meeting.
The most interesting public meeting
(at least to tho club womon) waa held
Wodnasday morning, July 10. At this
noeting papers were road on tho intlu
enco of woraon's work in library schools,
and how to secure state library commis
sions. Mrs. E J. Dockery, secretary of
tho Idaho Free Library commission,
told in a most interesting way how tho
women of her stato secured a library
commission. At Hoiso City thore is a
club of two hundred womon, and they
wont to work last fall to secure legisla
tion. "They lobbied," sho said, "and
tho mombers of our legislaturo weio only
too glad to stand us sponsors for our
library bill." There were committooB
on the press and committees on personal
interviowB indeed, all the regular chan
nels were worked to a finish. The bill,
carrying an appropriation of 8)7,000,
passed with only one dissenting voto,
and when tho momber who cast tho
"nay" was interviewed, ho said tho wo
men had failed beforo to interview him.
The women who worn interested in
House Roll No. 2, in Nebraska, during
our last legislature, wojld tell a differ
ent story.
Mr. T. L. Montgomery of Philadel
phia, told how they passed a library
bill through tho Pennsylvania legisla
ture. Tho bill had been put off from timo to
time. It was tho last session. Many
of tho members those of sober stand
ing wore asleep, and those who wero
not included in this list had taken "a
wee drop too much." As the rolls of
names was called off, an insignificant
looking little man, over in ono corner of
the room, called off. from time to time,
an "aye," which was duly recorded by
tho clerk. When the vote was announced
it stood 127 affirmative.
"Well," said the little man over in tho
corner, "wo only netded 107 that is
what I call overdoing it."
Mrs. II. M. Youmans of Waukesha,
president of the Wisconsin state federa
tion of clubs, spoke of tho proud place
that Wisconsin holds in library work,
through tho pationt labor of club wo
men. Mrs. L. A. Stearns of Milwaukee, tho
pioneer woman of the northwest in tho
traveling library movement, gave some
personal reminiscences, which were most
interesting.
Heforo adjournment an invitation from
Portsmouth, England, was read, urging
the members of tho A. L. A. to attend
their annual session tho coming fall.
The invitation comes from tho library
association of tho United Kingdom.
There waB a memorial to the late John
Fisko, which was as follows:
"Tho news having reached us of the
death of John Fisko, once our profes
sional associate, we, tho American Li
brary Association, desire to make record
of our profound grief at tho departure of
a writer who was a dominant force in
American literature, and to express our
sense that in this passing of a great
thinking historian, our land and our
time have sustained irreparable loss.'
It was an inspiration to see and hear
such men as Melvil Dewey and William
A. Eastman of tho New York state
library; Herbert Putnam, librarian of
the congressional library; Henry J. Carr
(president A. L. A.) of Scranton, Penn.;
William Fletcher, Amherst college;
John Cotton Dana of Springfield, Mass.;
Frank A. Hutchins, secretary ef tbe
Wisconsin library association; Dr. James
II. Canfleld of Columbia university;
Johnson L. Rrigham of Des Moines;
J. T. Wyer, jr., of our own state univer
sity, together with the brilliant speak
ersthe women, who were accorded not
a little praise at this 23d annual meet
ing of tbe A. L. A.
As I looked over tho large audience
ono evening, this thought came to me:
"What a moeting of noble in on and wo
men, interested in this groat work
educating tho masses through tho free
public library and Nebraska is in line."
Objectionable Advertising.
A discussion of disfigurement which
starts with the appeal to proeerve natu
ral beauty leads us to the increasing
ugliness of the modern city from which
tho contamination spreads. Henry H.
Fullor, tho novelist, a few months ago
suddenly awoko to find himself a nation
al issue, as tho outcomo of a frank talk
on Amorican art. Ho oxprossod tho
opinion that tho Amorican people wero
ossontially inartistic. Ho wont further
and said that tho ontiro English-speaking
people were unesthetic and con
cluded by Baying that the Anglo Saxon
mind had no conception of art separated
from othicai considerations.
This brought forth protests most bit
ter from tho whole northern race and
became an astonishment to tho gentlo
pessimist who only expoctod to reach
the limited group to whom ho talked.
Among other things Mr. Fuller based
his assertions upon was tho ugliness of
Amorican cities; not only upon their
lack of good art but thoir amazing sam
pies of bad art. And what patriotic cit
izen does not resent criticism of his
city?
Hut much to our delight wo find that
the Amorican people aro becoming more
and moro interested in municipal art
tho aim of which is to realize that dream
of tho artist and poet tho city beauti
ful. Thoro is much in our cities that is
beautiful and well worthy of preserva
tion, but is so surrounded by die tractive
elemonts that we often fail to see it.
Tho first step, therefore, is to roifcovo
these obstructions bo that we can take
an inventory of what is really available
for tho construction of tho city beauti
ful. Municipal reformers havo already
taken up the question of clean streets
and smokeless chimneys with somo hope
of success.
And we women, while strongly second
ing their efforts can turn our attontiun
to more neglected questions.
Perhaps the most distracting of all
these nuisances that mar the appear
ance of our streets aro tho signs and
signboards. While walls are covered
whole houses are besmeared with hide
ous hues, and the high billboards full of
glaring posters tho most otTensivo fea
tures aro thoso which display in a prom
inent way nude figures.
It may be ditlicult to some to under
stand why wo object to these and ad
mire the beautiful classic lines as dis
played by the master's brush, and hung
on the walls of our art galleries. The
latter inspire no impure thoughts, fur
we aro only conscious of beautiful col
oring aad graceful lines; these only.ap
peal to our love of the beautiful, while
in the poster it is demoralizing, as it ap
peals to the baser feelings. It has been
said by one, "The graceful form of wo
man may be made to picture a Madon
na or a Magdalene." We surround our
children with the beautiful and protect
them from the contamination of bad
bookB by our watchful care, but we ca
not protect them from tho harmful in
fluence of the glaring poster on the bill,
boards that confront him on every side,
and we, therefore, question the right it
has bas to flaunt itself beforo the pub
lic. We think the crusade against it is
a most just one and should be carried
on most earnestly by our club women
until it be made to conform with the
most rigid ideas of decency or else com
pelled to go.
We have watched with interest the
work of the British society for checking
the abuses of public advertising, known
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