Evening Star from Washington, District of Columbia on August 23, 1908 · 38
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42 WOULDN'T IT.BE .r ROBERT FULTON^ couio take a V RiDE IN A WATTS AMD ^ col lo ride bemino a twentieth ^mmI CCRTURV EUER.? ( ^ (AND SEN nuwi * 5vy?I.J' ikvWnl IcOVUJ GO TO LUN V-/ 0 jiy AN CXECTRIC ITTiLwauKSE. Journal A SUGHTj SCi . WlftNAFOU^ ~fevc> MUSICAL The music committee of the Church of the Covenant has engaged a new quartet to sing at the Sunday afternoon services beginning October 1. The quartet consists of Mrs. Herndon, soprano; Miss Edna Scott Smith, contralto; Mr. Harry Stephens, tenor, and Mr. J. Walter Humphrey, basso and director. This quartet will replace the one composed of Mrs H. Clay Browning, soprano; Mrs. Ralph Barnard, contralto; Mr. W. D. MacFarland, tenor, and Mr. Frank P. Reeside. baritone, which has rendered the music at this service for several years past. Mr Harvey Murray will remain as organist, and Mr. Reeside will continue to act as precentor for the con gregational singing, having recalled his resignation. All of the members of the new quartet are engaged to sing at other churches at the morning and evening services. Miss Smith and Mr. Humphreys having been members of the quartet of the First Congregational Church for many years. Mrs. Barnard and Mr. MacFarland have been re-engaged as soloists in the Calvary Baptist quartet for next season. Mr. and Mrs. Williston Hough, the latter well known musically as Miss Lotta Mills, pianist, are spending the heated term at Bass Rocks. Mass. Mr. John B. Bovello, who has conducted the orchestra this summer at Buna Park, will leave the first week in September. sailing on the Kronprinzessin Cecilie of the North German Lloyd line, for a tour of Europe Mr. Bovello will visit London. Paris. Brussels, Cologne, Berlin. Vienna. Milan. Turin. Genoa, Trieste, Venice- Pisa. Rome. Florence. Palermo, returning by the Mediterranean route. He will reach Washington again about the middle of November. Miss Courtney Collins. soprano, of "Prince of Parchesie" fame, was one of the stars in an entertainment given recently at Leesburg. Va.. for the purpose of raising funds for the erection of a parish hall. The entertainment was given :n the barn at Oatlands House, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Corcoran Eustis,' and was under the personal supervision of Mrs. Eustjs, Mrs. Henry Fairfax. Mrs George Carter and Mrs. David B Tenant Miss Collins sang selections from the "Merry Widow" and "Mile. Modiste" and several encores, j Other Washington talent prominent on ! the program included Mrs. Morgan ' Beach and Miss Leonard and Dr. Breck- | enridge Bavne. Mr Otto Torney Simon, who was seriously ill in Venice, has been recuperating after a serious surgical operation at the Palace Hotel des Dolomites. Borch-Cadore With Mrs Simon he will sail for home the first week in September on the steamer Majestic. Mr and Mrs Howard S Reeside. Miss Elizabeth Harmer Reeside and her young brother left Washington last week for Maine, where they will remain until some time in September. Miss Reeside will take the leading soprano role in an operetta. "A Virginia Courtship," which will be presented by the Odgen-Crane School of Opera, under Mrs. Henry Hunt McKee in tiie early fall In response to the invitation sent out by Mr Tali Esen Morgan, conductor of the musical festivals held every summer at Ocean Grove, hundreds of organists from all over the country met there last , week and organized the National Organists' Association. The meeting for or, ganization was presided over by Mr. William C. MacFarland, organist of St. Thomas' Epicopal Church. New York city, and the following officers were elected: Honorary president. Tali Esen Morgan; president. William C. MacFarland of New York city; vice president, Mrs. Bruce S Keator of Asbury Park: secretary, A. T. Webster of Buffalo; treasurer. Henry S Fry of Philadelphia, advisory board. Charles Hemroth of Pittsburg. S. A Archer Gibson of New York city. Rev Scott Kidder of Millersvllle. Md.. Giles Farrow of Baltimore. H. H. Freeman of Washington. J. J Miller of Norfolk. Ralph Kinder of Phlladel-. pbia. Walter Gale of New York city and Scott Wheeler of Brooklyn. Mrs Josephine Esputa Daly, who con cAs \ * 1?/V GREAT- /\v ?*0 *i<IHT^Ol.fU Bj SJ ^ri.-.n.. ^ J Thila^E.LTH ^RC1TYJ.0FX01L MENTION. ducted her classes in music through July will leave Tuesday for Atlantic City fo a brief period of rest and recreatioi previous to resuming her work in the fall Mr. George F. Mellis, tenor; Mr. Hamil ton Adams and Mr. Norman Esputa Daly Dianist. cave a rrnpram of mnsio at flrcrj Kalis Tuesday at the outing given bj Ruth Chapter, No. 1, Order of the East ern Star. Mrs. H. Clay Browning, soprano am choir diector of All Souls' Uniteriai Church, was one of the soloists at s sacred concert given at the Greenbriei White Sulphur Spring, W. Va., recently Mrs. Browning's selections include* "The Holy City" and "We Shall See Hin Face to Face." Miss Sallie Mason, pianist, was one o the vocal soloists at the recent dedica tion services of the Methodist Church a Forest Hill, Md., at which Bishop Cran ston presided. A quartet consisting o Mrs. Preston Wallace, soprano; MiE! Delia Tucker, contralto; Mr. Wal lace, tenor, and Mr. Freeland, bass, ren dered "Seek Ye the Lord," with Miss Mason singing the obligato solo. At tin offertory. Miss Mason was heard in tin appropriate selection, "Open the Gate! of the Temple" (Knott), with Miss Man Wallace of the Peabody Conservatory Baltimore, at the organ. Mrs. Mary Miller Scott was the sopran* soloist last Sunday at the First Congrega tional Church. Her selection was "No Half Has Ever Been Told," Bischoff. Mrs. Ella Knight Ellis, violinist and vo calist, accompanied by her father, Capt Henry M Knight, is spending the montl of August at Dunbars on Hie lowei Potomac, St. Mary county, Md. She hai assisted in several musicals during hei stay. T T T> l r? r iui. J. x. rrinnigri o rvr^micuicii DMIli and Orchestra has returned from its trij to the mountains. The band gave a num her of concerts while away. The over tures which made the most hits weri "Poet and Peasant." "William Tell.' "Carmen" and "The Bridal Days." Mist Dollie Rich, cornetist, who is bat twentj years of age, and is from Berlin, will d< solo work for the band. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gareissen have re turned to the city from their summer out ing and are again in their apartment a the Burlington. Mr. Gareissen has Jus concluded a summer course of instructioi in voice culture in Rochester. N. Y. I was in the nature of a normal course am was atended by many vocal teachers o Rochester and nearby cities. A new tenor has appeared upon the loca horizon. Mr E. C. Heintz. who come from New Orleans. With Mrs. Heint: and his family he is spending the summe at Woodford. Va., but it is expected tha both of them will be heard in local musi cal affairs next season, as Mrs. Heintz said to be an accomplished pianist. Miss Edith Pickering of the vocal de partment of the University of Music am Dramatic Art Is spending the summer a ucean city. in. j. Mr. Norman Esputa-Daly is at Herndon Va.. where he is being entertained b; his friends, the Buells and the Sehardes. The choir of St. Augustine's Catholi Church will render an elaborate progran of music next Sunday at the celebratioi of the patrional feast of the church. Th choir will sing under the direction of Mr Anton Kaspar, with Miss Mamie Mullal; Ahe organ. Mr. Ernest Lent will be the soloist agaii today at the morning service of the Ne\ York Avenue Presbyterian Church. A the opening of the service he wlH play ; Sarabande by Bach and Albumblatt b; Wagner and for the offertory solo "Re ligiosa," from the "Morceaux Caracteris tique" by Goltermann. Last Sunday, a the same service, Mr. Lent's selection in eluded an air by Bach. "Berceuse" b; Schubert, and the beautiful "Andante' from the third concerto by Goltermann Miss Mamie Mullaly presided at the or gan. Mr. Harry Hall, assistant organist o St. Aloysius and St. Paul's Catholl churches, has been spending .the wee past at Atlantic City. Mr. Anton Kaspar is at Manchester-by / H\e,G\RT< ~ ~~~? | PpmbmbhBI| wjilf'ii'*u (Mflf\NV \ A PILL FOR THE SICK MAN OF EUR0P1 lAlNqUlKE^ I M A THE INLAND BXOAT From tii? politic*! *ie^p t JllNNEAPOLI? JoURTiAL the Sea. He will return to the city about E September 1. y v Mr. Frank Norris Jones, pianist, arrived j in New York last week for his first visit a home since he went to Vienna four years p ago to study with Leschetizky. Mr. S. M. > , Fabian went to New York to meet Mr. s r Jones on the arrival of the steamer, and i together they expected to visit the par. ents and sister of Mr. Jones, who are g spending the summer on the coast of t - Massachusetts. Mr. Jones, who had quite 1< , a local reputation as a pianist previous to t his departure, has divided his time abroad between Vienna, studying under Lesch- C . tizky, and Berlin, where he coached with " Schnabel. t] d 1 Miss Anita Deiterich. soprano, will be 1 the soloist today at St. John's Catholic '' i Church, Frederick. Md., her selection at S' r the offertory being Dana's "Salve Regina." ? Miss Deiterich will return the latter part ^ j of the week from her outing and will be w , heard again at the Universalist Church ? Of Our Father, 13th and L. streets north- * west. r v Mr. and Mrs. Mandum Blumenburg ent tertained at an informal musical at their . home last Tuesday. A charming musical ? f program was rendered by Mrs. J. Esputa- 9, s Daly, contralto; Mr. Norman Esputa-Daly, Y pianist, and Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton w Adams ? Miss Katherine Mullaly, soprano, is jj j spending a month at Front Royal, Va. v ' Miss Edna Sheehy. soprano, was the soloist at the recent wedding of Miss ' Maami Bankard Stewart and Dr. William Raymond Moulder at Grace Church, ' j Woodslde, Md. Miss Sheehy was heard to great advantage in the beautiful wed- ' " ding hymn, "The Voice That- Breathed O'er Eden," which she sang Just prior to the entrance of the bridal party. c] The quartet of Trinity M. E. Church, on p ' Capitol Hill, has been re-engaged to y sing next season unde'r the direction of g s Mr. W. K. Cohen, organist and choir director. The quartet i6 composed of Miss Laura Black, soprano; Miss Carolyn Spencer Smith, contralto: Mr. H. W. Mur- Y j rell, tenor, and Mr. Dan L. Wood, basso. Mrs. Charles B. Strong and Miss Gladys | Strong, the talented young pianist, left ; last week for Bluemont. Va., where they ^ will remain several weeks. ) ! Mr. John Lisle Apple, tenor soloist and j choir director of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, was the soloist last Sunday at the men's meeting in the Y. M. C. A. v i- rooms in Atlantic City. Owing to the - success which attended the presentation el t of "The Daughter of Jairus" and other t cantatas last season by the choir of St. o1 n Andrew's. Mr. Apple has decided to give 0] t a cantata in place of the regular evening i service the first Sunday of every month. Jl f The quartet of this church consists of VI Mrs. Fannie AtLee Gage, soprano; Mrs. a John Roberts, contralto; Mr. Apple, tenor, si 1: and Mr. Fred Schaeffer. bass. Mr. Fulton ol s Karr officiates at the organ. w z . r Mr. J. W. Dyer of Takoma Park, or- tl t ganizer and for many years director of - the Takoma Park Choral Club, is sutsti- a s tuting for Mr. William K. Cohen at 0| Trinity M. E. Church on Capitol Hill. tl Washington talent was well represented ^ 1 on the program of the musical given by t Mrs. George W. Byrd at Colonial Beach recently. Piano solos were rendered by ir Miss Buchanan, Mr.- Howard Wood and ,v i. Miss Mildred Kolb; vocal solos by Miss t", y Mabel Sullivan, Miss Adrtenne Shreve, Miss Henrietta Berens and Mr. Emory Bonini: a duet was sung by Miss Shreve " c and Mr. Bonini: quartet numbers by Miss ." i Katherine Belt and Messrs James Howin son and Sam and Oscar Dodek, and a sexe tet by Misses Ethel King. Henrietta Ber- y' . ens. Marie Melitzer, Helen Berens and y Helen Ranel. Mr. W. F. Fisher was in charge of the program. n Miss Hildreth Young is in the city visit- tl v ing her grandmother and aunt, Mrs. R1 t Young and Miss Marie Grice Young. , a She is the daughter of Mrs. Wilson p y Young, soprano, now of New York, but 11 - until two years ago a resident of Wash- Ui i- ington. Mr. and Mrs. Young have Just t concluded a visit to Mr. David Blspham, " - the famous baritone, at his home at Toko- P1 y neke. Conn. During her stay there, Mrs! 11 " Wilson Young was heard in recital and e! i. scored a distinct success. tc ? * is Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roberts left last week for a month's visit to relatives in f Boston. k Miss Blanche Yewell. secretary and e< treasurer of the Rubinstein Choral Club, tl returned to the city the first of last week st - from a visit to Col. and Mrs. Heft, at m f 30NLST3 ' S. P. C. A. d??k( for the u?e of > (hica.^ONE.W Iridgeport, Conn. She left home again esterday for East Gloucester. Mass., irhere she will he the guest of Mrs. A. I. Blair, who so successfully organized nd launched the Rubinstein Club upon ts short but brilliant career last spring. Irs. Blair will return to Washington ome time during September. Mr. and Mrs. George O'Connor are the uests of Mr. McGee and his mother at heir beautiful summer home#on the >wer Potomac. The choir of the Eastern Presbyterian 'huroh is havine a vacation durintr the lonth of August, with the understanding hat one member of the quartet will r?ner a solo and lead the congregational inging each Sunday. Last Sunday mornig Mr. John Waters, basso, was the oloist in charge, his selection for the ffertory being "Just for Today." Miss larie Hansen, soprano, will sing today, dtli Mrs. Marian D. Fosmire at the rgan in place of Miss Nellie. Saerey, rho is substituting for Mrs. Merritield at ie Presbyterian Church at Falls Church, 'a. Mr. Arthur J. Mauvelle. who frequently ntertained Washington music lovers uring the past winter, has gone to New ork to prepare for grand opera in a rider field. A large audience was in attendance at he lecture recital given Friday night at he Washington Grove Chautauqua by 1 1. J. Corey, musical lecturer. The feajre of Mr. Corey's lectures is that he lustrates his talks on grand opera by a rofusion of stereopticon views and voc^l elections by Melba. Patti. Calve, Schulann-Heink. Caruso. Tamango and Tet- i izzini. the solos being accomplished by leans of a talking machine. Miss Roberta Amies has returned to the Ity after spending her vacation at Lynn, i lass. Miss Amies was principal in a j iano recital at the residence of the Rev. If. Ingles Morse of Kings Beach terrace, j iving a Chopin program before an enausiastic audience. WASHINGTON'S PARKS ! AS SOCIAL CENTERS < _____ 1 P WW WASHINGTON'S parks are the 1 Wi eux emiim gruunus or us ? population. In the different | parts of the city gather under the shady trees all of the , arious classes that constitute the differ- < at. the widely diversified castes. ' When you have grown tired of your sen little set, when the utter weariness ( f the same faces and voices hangs over < ou like a pall, go into the parks of Washington and sit there for a day. B? ireful to select a bench more or less lady and get within reasonable distance f the drinking fountain. Otherwise you ill find the daylight vigil laborious. Go early in the morning and watch the irong that passes you. Hardly have the brilliant rays of the ugust sun lighted up the somber bronze f the statue in the center of the park tan will come from the four corners of >wn the laborers?the hewers of wood nd the drawers of water?wiping the last ?mnants of sleep from their reddeped nd tired eyes. They pass you with mind itent on the day's drudgery and scarce notice you as they pass. The park lures lem only because they can gain some >w seconds of time and save their energy >r the task that means bread and but>r to them. They straggle along talkig in low monotonous undertones about lings of interest only to themselves and ou feel depressed watching them. But this is not for long. The Changing Views. The sun rises, the dew slnwlv dries on le shimmering foliate, and with the radual brightening of day the atmosrtere of the park changes. Now comes le chattering school children, blithely nconscious of this tremendous proposion. inscrutable and insoluble, called fe. and behind them follow the sleek, rosperous citizens of the community, le doc.or. lawyer, merchant and chief, ich planning his day's work and seeking i evolve something from his well nourbed brain more grand, more gigantic lan anything he has ever before at>mpted. ; The scene changes. Tucked in their tiny go-carts, the babies >o and smile at the benignant sun as >ey are slowly wheeled around the atue of some grim old warrior. The urses keep up their ceaseless chatter. 5EE TBEl THE EQUAPROP <T ^ Mm out ?t<ile?rv>n who wj'A' ho !>nwn it "The Men on Hen AFFILIATED INSTITUTIONS. and the little sunbeams, each as bright as the great orb of day that shines down upon them, accompany their guardians with their gurgling cries of sheer happiness. t Older children enter the pahk for a romp, and from 11 o'clock until 4 in the afternoon the grassed plot resembles some untrodden paradise as yet unsul-. lied by the iiand of man. whose innocence and youth go hand in hand, believing in everything and fearing nothing. By 4 o'clock the procession of the morning. reversed in its order of march, passes through the park. The lawyers, doctors, merchants and chiefs leading, and the weary plowman, still rubbing his tired eyes, bringing up the rear. So much for the day. The lanse between the return of the workers and'the beginning of the social gatherings is not long. My lady must change her dress and prepare herself for her little stroll, and my lord must of needs see that his immacukite person is still more immaculate before he meets my lady. Social Distinctions. The grubs and the butterflies never mix. In the southeast parks you behold the conventional Mayme with her Jack. Hard work is their portion, but even they have a short respite and go to the park to forget their trouble and toil. The band concerts have done much to obviate the class distinction prevalent in the parks. Since the martial strains of music have resounded from all parts of the city the crowds have flocked to the parks at which the concerts are being held and have thus made the gatherings more heterogeneous and variegated than heretofore. Go to a band concert of an evening and you will see the little butterfly of society, her bright wings shimmering glossily In the soft night lights. She leans on the j arm of the fashionably dressed young1 man beside her and promenades in the proper and approved fashion. The poorer class do not mingle with the butterflies even at the same park. There is a bar isolating them as high and strong is the Chinese wall. In the fashionable park the grub hangs bashfully on the outside of the motley assemblage, eagerly 3rinking in the sweet strains as they pulsate throughout the night. The residents of Washington are intensely proud of their parks, and woe betide the individual who brashly endeavors to encroach yp<m their rights. The growing multicolored flowers, the shrubs, the grave old trees, the statues and the little concreted walks are as dear to the heart if the man who lives near them as the grand buildings, the military, the flag or anything else. Each park throughout the city makes a iifferent appeal to the users, based principally on its environment. Mecca of the Lovelorn. Lincoln Park is essentially the ra-^cca if the lovelorn. Wander through Lincoln Park on an evening?no, on second hought. don't wander through Lincoln Park unless you are young and in love k'ourse'f. As you near the shady trees huge passes of shadow in the summer dusk leckon to you invitingly. You say to yourlelf: "Ah. here is a sylvan spot, where I. tvlth my pipe, may seek to commune ivith nature, and by communing learn to ead a better life." Filled with this beautiful sentiment you Tiove toward a bench, draw out your lipe. seat yourself and prepare to submit :o the entrancing thralldom of summer:ime. Your mood does not last long. \ voice, coming apparently from some lerson of the male species, who is located n your immediate vicinity, murmurs nushily: "Is ooumsy mumsy?" You are about to remonstrate with this ! nushy one and explain that he should : tot ask such personal questions, when ,ou happen to notice he is not talking to rou. He is seated on a bench about six 'eet away and, witih some young thing seated close to him. is murmuring with diotic monotony: "Is ooumsy mumsy?" lou rise ana move. Dut mere is no use n motion. Tou cannot escape it. for overs are legion. Other parks have their own distinctive luty in the community. Franklin Park s the home of the baby Lafayette is he rendezvous of the aged. Each park s the selected spot for some particular >rder of citizens. And the park remains the universal aterer to the public who wants to be imused and escape from the glaring downjours of the sun and the torridity and ippressiveness of the-heat fumes from he sun-warped asDhai* i Newj ? OUVHg f? | J^V'" yjpi ^E.TI^plT tjiLW? ? ?r ' /" ? / -X , / I ?vfr ^i 1 W ?1 - ^ THE PHONOGRAPH CA 'Jl pAULj>17mTrH NEWS OF TH] NATIONA Midsummer is having its effect on the National Guard ol the District of Columblal In accordance with custom the - citizen soldiery Is enjoying a rest. The period devoted to drills, meeiIngs and schools, with the annual outing at Fort Washington and Fort Hunt as the climax, extended from the 1st of last October until the 13th instant. Arms and equipment having been cleaned and properly stored, following the tour of duty In the field, the guardsmen are excused from military duties until the first drill niglit in October next. Many of the officers and men are away from the city on vacation trips. Interest is centered, naturally, on the rifle matches in progress at Camp Perry, Ohio, and especially on the results attained by the District's brigade rifle team. The local experts have been sort of jogging along at Camp Perry, participating in the competitions under the auspices of the National Rifle Association of America, with little hope of winning prizes, shooting principally for practice in preparation for the National match, which is to begin tomorrow morning. Tiie supreme effort is to be made by Maj. Robhins ' to land rfis team among the leaders in the field of fifty competitors. * * * The only members of the*br?;ade now in this city who are really at work are those striving for places on the company teams tnat will be sent to Sea Girt. N. J., to compete in the matches there early in September. In connection with the tender of resignation by William G. Neumeyer. paymaster's clerk. Naval Battalion, and rumors of charges by him of misconduct on the part of certain officers of the battalion, the adjutant general of the militia has called on all the parties concerned for explanatory statements. m m Now that rifle practice occupies -the center of the stage, so to speak, a statement from Annapolis that although a bill providing for a fund for the purchase of the property at Glenburnie, now used as the state rifle range, was defeated at the last session of the Maryland legislature, other methods have been employed by state officials and the purchase of the property. together with the surrounding property, has practically been consummated, is regarded-as of interest. Ever since the state first leased the ground, more than five years ago. it has been the earnest desire that it would be under state ownership The grounds now used as the rifle range are 125 acres in extent and were first leased by the state for five years, in 11HK1. Under the provisions of the lease the state at its expiration was given the privilege of purchasing the property for $h,230, a renewal for another five years, and at the expiration of the second lease the owners offered to sell it for $11,250. Notwithstanding the fact that the legislature killed the bill appropriating $12.*0?? for the purchase of the property, negotiations were opened almost at once for the purchase of the original tract and 217 acres of additional surrounding property, most of which is woodland. It is expected that the transfer to the state will soon be made. * * While the purchase price has not been given out. it seems to be understood that the amount to be paid for the whole prop erty will be about *12,000. It Is said that this sum will be carved from the state appropriation to the militia, which was increased from SfiO.OOO to $70,000 by the last legislature, and from the federal allotment to Maryland's militia forces. As to the federal allotment. It is specified that about one-third of the fund shall he used for rifle and target work, so that this is we 1 available. The state during the first five years of its occupancy spent more than $10,000 on Improvements. Including grading, erection of buildings and other work, and since the 3 ^1 1 I ! > NPAUtH ItEACHES THE SILVU NINES. E LOCAL L GUARDSMEN . first of the present year about more , has been expended for other improvements. The purchase of the additional , 1 217 acres is because it was not desired i that persons should take up lots contiguous* to the range property, as there is some danger from bullets. Another idea is that the whole property could eventually be made a state encampment ground for i the militia. Adjt. Gen. Henry M. Warrteld and , Gen. George F. Randolph, lirst vice president of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, who is quartermaster general on the adjutant general's staff, have gone to Camp Perry. Ohio, where they will witness the national team match. Son of a Belted Earl A London Street Singer Special Correspondence of The Star. LONDON, August 12. 1JK18. THAT some peers' sons can eke out more than a bare living bv their * talents when put to it lias btea demonstrated during the past week in this city. Two street musicians, dressed in immaculate evening dress, wearing across their clean-shaven faces black domino masks and attended by a servant in scarlet livery, have been ?naking their progress through the West End of London. their pathway strewn with gold and silver, and it now transpires that one. at least, is the son of a belted earl and the other a gentleman by birth. One of the couple?the scion of the earl?has a well trained tenor voice and sings to the accompaniment of a piano played by his companion. The liveried servant's duties consist of pulling the piano through the j streets between the songs. When the identity of the two singers j was first established by a well known j Regent street solicitor, who, by the way, ' refuses til nsss nn tr\ tho /^iirlAiic the full extent -of his knowledge, it was thought that the two men were engaged in their strange vocation as a lark. but. according to the peer's son. such is the case. "We went Into this to see if there wil any money to be made " the singer said yesterday between songs. "We are pretty well satisfied so far. and intend to stick to it as long a.- we can maintain our incognito. Last week we collected about $;?* . and are doing even better this week. One evening at Earl's Court I collected $.'o in less than half an hour. That's not so bad. Is it? Paid in Silver and Gold. "The majority of those who give us anything, recognising that we are not ordinary street performers, give us silver, and many of them think nothing of throwing us a half sovereign A couple of days ago I approached a gentleman who was just leaving his house. " 'I suppose you are doing this for sport.' he remarked as he paused on the step of his motor car. 'I am sorry to say this Is all I have about me in change.* and he took from his vest pocket two half sovereigns and dropped them into my collection bag. "I sing for two hours every evening and during that time I manage to get through about twenty songs. Then we adopt very elaborate means of throwing pnrlnnc nannlo off * Lo aoont niano v?. .??? j/v vn i iic av cm. i iir |'iaiiu is taken by our footrnan and dragged some distance, when It is handed over to another man My companion and I jump into a closed carriage and at a convenient time take off our masks. We then take a roundabout route home. or. if we have reason to believe we are being followed. drive up to one of my club s and escape through the back door. Nobody lias succeeded in tracing us yet and I do not believe anybody ever will. I wouldn't have father find out about thla for the world." The piano player beat out the opening bars of the latest music hall success and the peer's son cleared his voice for the opening note. In a few moments he was in the midst of a shower of coins from the hands of fair listeners who crowded the windows of the aristocratic houaaa that lined the street.

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