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out for sheer artistic enjoyment, twenty “Salome," or something of Debussy. I would go because he came from Europe learned recently that
more modern and represented the summit of the mus- French music is being sold west of the ical fashion of the day, and the fashion- Mississippi than east of it. able world could not afford to be absent. What is the immediate universal result
So long as the musical fashion coin- of this artificial condition ? 'It means cided at every point with the true devel- simply that good American singers, pianopment of musical art in the United ists, and other artists — to say nothing States, this condition presented no disad- of foreign — may place upon their provantage, and caused no harm. But that
grammes only that which is sanctioned this fashion and art, although coincident by New York, and that is — European at first, could remain so in a new land music. Not to do so means to incur sure to rear up arts of its own, was an the displeasure and lose the support absolute impossibility; and at the mo- of society. And these same artists, who ment when American musical art be- know good and bad in music as society came of intrinsic worth, and the musical does not know it, are often ardent adfashion remained fixedly European, mu- mirers of much in American music, but sical fashion and musical art in Amer- they must admire in private. An orica parted company. To-day the true chestral conductor in a secondary capacinterests of musical development in the ity, and for the time being in a place United States have little or nothing to where he could do what he pleased, gave do with the fashionable musical life of a number of performances of the scores our great cities. The facts of our creative of a certain American composer, with musical development are one thing, the great success, and expressed himself very events of our social musical life another. enthusiastically, personally, concerning Society is not aware of this. It has so them, assuring the composer of the pleaslong been compelled to import musical ure he would have in conducting them in art if it wished to have any, that it can- a primary capacity on a more important not believe that there is any other source occasion, when the opportunity should of this art than Europe. Society is not come. The opportunity arrived, and with yet prepared to tolerate any interference it the unexpected knowledge that to do with this belief, and the purveyors of as he had promised, under these cirits musical art are the last to initiate cumstances, would jeopardize the social any such interference. Indeed, to do so support of the orchestra. The composer would be to lose financial support; and received a polite note, stating that at some therein lies the crux of the situation. The future time he, the composer, would managers of musical enterprises care probably do work more satisfactory to nothing for our national artistic develop- himself, by which he would rather bement; their one concern is to keep secure come known, and that then it would be the patronage of society.
time to consider the performance of it. This general condition of affairs in Such instances could be infinitely multithe eastern cities is nothing less than the plied on a smaller scale, and would form model and the cue for the social musical a voluminous and amusing anthology of life of the entire United States. As it is episodes of artistic and moral trepidain New York, so must it be in Butte, tion. Montana, or Pueblo, Colorado. Sane, There are, on the other hand, artists beautiful, advanced musical art may be of commanding powers and moral courgrowing up about these western cities age, who have succeeded in making some and towns, but it has not been the occa- headway against the social dictum, but sion of the social musical flurry of the they are the exceptions which prove the great metropolis, and they must have rule. The subconscious common sense of society has immediately applauded whimsical turn of the wheel, announce such artists and greatly exalted them, not, that it would not support foreign and of course, for this particular action, but native artists unless they would give us for the greatness which made such impu- a good share of the works of our own dent action safely possible.
composers, we would witness a zeal in First and last, many American com- the world-wide study of American music positions come to performance on Amer- that would startle the nation. Moreover, ican programmes. Society has always we would be no less startled by the insanctioned the trivial American work as tense and varied interest, the high poetic a foil to the serious European; but never worth, and the magnitude of the achieve the more significant American work for ment of American composers. its own sake. Composers and their
If the composer have too much spirit, friends are able to force hearings here too great a devotion to his country's and there, so that the composer will growth in musical art, to accept a pitnot be wholly without knowledge of the tance for his teaching and neglect for effect of his work upon an audience, or his and his brother's art, what shall he for that matter, upon himself, both to a do in this situation ? At first he might certain extent necessary things, for only leave composition for a time and look in practice can art and the art-nature deeply enough into his country's sociogrow. Again, certain obviously good and logy and economics to learn the true naappealing works, not requiring any ef- ture of the conditions in the midst of fort of the understanding, have quickly which he exists. He will then learn that found their way into public favor, and are his own salvation depends upon the salsafe for an artist to use. But this insistent vation of all. As a next step he might fact remains, — that upon our concert waive all endeavor to exploit his own and recital programmes generally, those compositions, and through a study of the works which best represent the brains works of his brother composers, learn the and ideals of our American composers exact nature and strength of his country's to-day are conspicuous by their absence. musical art. Then, leaving the society of The army of persons
whose fortune, or artists, who cannot help him, he might whose very sustenance, is assured by the take his newly gained knowledge to the maintenance of our exclusively European leaders of society, — not the hopelessly
— musical system, is kept busy explaining to lost of the great eastern cities, but the society that if Americans could produce misguided and redeemable throughout sufficiently good music, artists would the land; and, disinterested himself, win place it upon their programmes. This their disinterested help for the sake of explanation may satisfy the unthinking, a national cause. They are more ready but it can no longer satisfy those who for him than he suspects. Whatever the see that since the artist will not be paid depth of their regard for the masterfor performing American compositions pieces of music, their allegiance to mere requiring real study and work, he cannot musical fashions is not of the heart, afford to stop to master them, even if he and they will welcome the opportunity to be prompted by admiration of the compo- withdraw their social power from an artisitions or friendship for the composer. If ficial situation, which can hold for them society, to-day, should turn and support but little of real life and attainment, and liberally the production of works by our devote it to the satisfying of a living naown composers, if it should, by some tional need.
DURING the first few years of my As to any particulars concerning the practice in the village of Killick Cove, I accident, it seemed that Henderson himwas not infrequently called in attendance self, as well as his usually communicaupon Robert Henderson, a brother-in- tive brother-in-law, was strangely retilaw and former shipmate of my especial cent. Indeed, it occurred to me more friend, old Skipper Job Gaskett. Though
than once that this indisposition to talk a considerably younger man than Skipper of the matter even extended to the Job, Henderson was wholly incapacitated townspeople in general. At all events, for for any but the lightest kind of work, three
arrival at the Cove, by reason of an accident which befell I had never succeeded in gleaning anyhim on shipboard in early manhood. His thing further than that, through a fall dark face was still strikingly handsome, from the mast-head of a fishing schooner though, in view of his pitiable physical only a short time before his marriage, condition, it was somewhat difficult to Henderson was shockingly deformed, and credit the oft-repeated assertion that pre- had since been almost wholly dependent vious to that frightful mishap at sea Rob- upon his wife for support. ert Henderson was generally accounted Mrs. Henderson was a large and comethe champion athlete of Killick Cove. ly, though somewhat careworn-looking
woman, with the intensely black eyes hist'ry, and no mistake. The thing of it common to all the Gasketts, and much is, though, sister Susy Mary May down of the kindly expression of face so char- here, she never wanted it should be made acteristic of her brother Job. As time no kind of gossup-talk like, 'round wore on, my admiration steadily in- amongst folks, though come to the matcreased for the industry and self-sacrific- ter of that, every one of the old seeding devotion constantly manifested in the folks here to this Cove are knowin' to care of her crippled husband. In fact, the whole business, and have been, pretthe wife's daily line of conduct seemed to ty much ever since the thing happened. me nothing less than heroic, though per- But you see Susy Mary there, she's alhaps many of the neighbors had grown to felt so master sore in regards to it, regard it rather too much as a matter of -she's kind of queer made like, you
know, and, well, - you could n't never When able, Robert Henderson ap- once beat it out of her head that she was peared to occupy himself chiefly with all the one to blame in the fust place for braiding rag mats for sale, though being Bob Henderson's losin' his hand-holt an acknowledged expert in the mysteries aboard of old Skip' Tristam Marston of “twine,” local fishermen sometimes that time, and staving the life outen him brought their damaged nets to him for on deck, same's he done." repairs. Still, the injury to his spine was “She to blame for his fall!" I exsuch that for long periods he remained claimed in surprise. “Why, she was n't helplessly propped in an armchair, nei- on board the vessel at the time, was ther able to sit erect nor to lie
his she?" back with any comfort.
“No, no, not a mite of it!” said Job. But the indomitable wife labored on “She was right here to home, and the unceasingly, rising at unheard-of hours vessel — that's the pink' Heart's Desire, and working often far into the night, do- that old Deacon Parkinson owned in ing washing, ironing, and sewing at her them days — she was layin' hove to clean home, or housework for the villagers off here on Le Have, in the heaviest when her husband's condition would ad. breeze o' wind ever I seen since the time mit of her leaving him. I had many times I fust commenced to go." noticed old Skipper Job hard at work “Oh well then,” I said, “your sister upon the great pile of spruce cordwood had urged him to go on that particular which he regularly hauled to his sister's trip dooryard during the winter, and learned “No she never once! Not a mite! Not incidentally that this brotherly kindness a single mite!” the Skipper broke in was absolutely the only help, outside of vehemently. “She done every namable desired work, which the plucky woman thing in God's world to hender him and could be induced to accept from any me too, from ever once steppin' foot
aboard the vessel, anyways. She hung It was little enough that I could ever right to it from the fust commencement do for her husband's relief, but my cu- that the old Desire was tetched, and alriosity about him kept increasing. At ways had been, and always would be,
. length, alone with me in my
office on a
and seems's though she had the rights of rainy autumn afternoon, Job Gaskett it, too, for it turned out there never was decided to let me into the secret of his no such a Jonah ever went out of this brother-in-law's story.
Cove as what she was. Plague on the old “Well, you, doctor,” he began, “I jade, she never earnt no man a dollar, been quite a few times on the p’int of not ary once in the world, and seems 's telling you in regards to all this 'ere, for it
though there would n't be no end to the doos make out to be consid'ble of a little
folks that kep' gittin' drownded and killt
and all stove up aboard of her jes' long's take it aboard vessel was where he'd she stayed atop o' water. Yes sir, Susy most gin’ally cut up the greatest monkeyMary May had got wind of what she was, shines and ructions, after all. I rec'lect from way back; I'm tol'ble satisfied of one little trick of hisn in pertik'ler was to that. Susy wa'n't anyways scairt to up take and lay a bate along of somebody and talk it right out in meetin' neither, as aboard, how many seconts time he'd be any God's quantity ashore here can tell a-going from the end of the main-boom ye to-day. I think's likely there was aloft, and chock down to the bowspreetothers besides her that misdoubted if the end again, that is, you know, take it when vessel wa'n't going to be a reg'lar-built we'd be layin' to anchor some place or Jonah, but seems's though Susy was other. Set-fire! He'd swarm up the topabout all the one that dasst up and spit ping-lift hand-over-hand like a streak; it right out good and plain, them days.” skip right acrosst the spring-stay to the
“Yet you say she felt responsible for foremast on the dead run, and slide Henderson's accident,” I said. “This down the jib-stay afore ever you'd say beats me all hollow. I won't try to guess Jack Robinson! That's jest how spry
was. And come to take him all togged “No, doctor,” said Job, “you'd full out in his Sunday best, with his hair oiled better take and give it up right off now, up good and curly like, with his shirtfor 't ain't anyways likely ever you'd hit collar hove wide open, and a blame' it, not if you kep' guessin' stiddy for a great big black silk tie streamin' loose month of Sundays. I callate now to turn much as two foot long, why, you would to and tell you what about the whole n't make out to scare up a smarter apthing, for Susy she allowed only jest this pearin' young feller nowheres. morning she did n't know as she cared “Come to that, he was smart, too any great if you was to hear, bein' as smart's a whip. He'd been high-line you've always tended out on Bobby so aboard vessel nigh every trip, till we reg'lar, and then again, prob’ly would come to ship aboard that plague-gone git holt of some of it sooner or later, any- old Jonah of Deacon Parkinson's there, ways. All is, says she, while you're at it, and he could got a vessel of his own took take and tell him the whole of it without up for him here to this Cove the time he nothin' skipped nor anyways changed was twenty year old, easy as rolling offn a 'round. That's Susy all over, you know, log, if only he'd a mind to, and had said — she always did talk it jes' so up and the word. But the way he looked at it, down, like. Seems's though she cal'lates there was a plenty time for that ahead, the plain truth'll make out to stand its and he'd lievser not git tied down soown weight any day in the week.
fashion yit-a-while, nor turn to and git “So to take and go clean away back to married yit, ary one. Kind of happy-gothe fust commencement like,” the Skip- lucky, like, you see Bobby always was in per went on, with his piercing black eyes them days, and I think 's prob'le that was intently fixed upon mine, “Bob Hender- one thing made him so ter'ble takin' son in them days was about the best look- amongst the gals ashore here. in’and the likeliest
buck ever was “He'd lost his mother afore there was raised to this Cove. He stood jest six foot much of any bigness to him, you un'stand, in his stockin'-feet, and was withey as ary and seems's though him and the old sir wild-cat. Lord sakes, we had folks here never hitched hosses to home there extry them days that run away of the idee they good, so's Bobby he was pretty much on was some wras’lers, till maybe they'd his own hook, you may say, and loved to ketch holt of Bob Henderson, and git heave his money right and left in all manhove so quick they'd cal’late the devil ner of fool-works, till the heft of the gals hisself kicked 'em on end! But come to ashore here all cal'lated there wa'n't no