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Ilow quickly one passes out of the focus of public
regard! <A few weeks ago there was hardly room on
the Herald's broad page for the head-lines and tele-
grams relating to Danenhower and the Jeannette sur- !
vivors. Hardly had his foot become wonted to his na-
tive land again when ten insignificant lines were all
that could be spared to announce the fact that ‘ Danen-
hower is ordered to special duty.” If he should live
tive years and then die, he would hardly get a mention
in the crowded columns of the journal he risked his
life to advertise,
Witn Garibaldi’s death, another famous name is
added to the necrology of 1882. In character he seems
as if transplanted from another age, A sailor, a mer-
chant in a small way, a teacher of Italian to Gentile
children in Constantinople, a vaquero of the pampas, a
conqueror, a Senator of the nation created by his devo-
tion, a decrepit old man, dying alone upon a barren
island in sight of the land which he had lifted from i in-
significance to power, his life is a kaleidoscope of n
vels, each turn of which was more wonderful than ‘the I way ‘from Riga to Paris, to take lessons from Kalkbrenner.
| imperiled by ignorance and the present ystem of yolun-
last. Poor, unfriended, ignorant but honest, brave, de- |
voted to liberty and forgetful of himself, he left a mar- |
velous impress on his age and sent a name unstained |
by a hint of meanness down the ages. Ie is a wonder-
ful example of the good that one man may do, when he
puts himself under a great idea and forgets himself in
his unceasing exertion to lift that thought into the light.
Tlis daring, his moderation, his measure of himself ;
were all remarkable, and there are few names in his-
tory, either ancient or modern, that will be better re-
membered or longer mentioned with tender veneration
by the lovers of liberty than that of Guiseppe Garibaldi.
- The Political Situation.
TuE Republican party, instead of accepting or making
for itself issues that will fix the attention of the country
upon great questions of national policy, is bent, it would
seem; upon illustrating the beauty of a Kilkenny cat
fight. The result would without doubt be fatal to the
prospects of success, both in New York and Pennsylvania,
were it not that no such principle has yet been evoked
or at least has yet taken hold upon the popular mind.
The leaders of what is known as the ‘ independent”
movement among the Republicans do not thus far
seem to be men upon whose staunchness and sincerity
the utmost dependence can be placed. There is a pain-
ful impression that it is a new deal rather than a new
doctrine that awakens their enthusiasm, It seems to be
one of those periods of political depression when parties
advertise for an issue and the old buskined gladiators
get up a by-play among themselves before the real
show begins, Unfortunately, it would seem, though it
may prove fortunate in the end, this struggle between
the factions has for the present put quite out of sight
the two political questions of prime importance at this
time, to wit: the enlightenment of the Southern voter
and the protection and regulation of party primaries by |
stringent and carefully guarded legislation. It is evi-
dent to the most superticial observer that these two
things must be done before self-government can be truth
fully predicated of the American people. The neces
sity has not yet become an overwhelming personal fact +
to the voter, and it may be that the sort of serub-race we
seem destined to witness this year is needed to awaken
us to the fact that something must be done to carry into
effect the basis idea of republicani sm, which is equally
tary party organization.
TuE legislature of New York have devoted themselves
to infamy by adopting a report which exculpates Judge
Westbrook from intentional malfeasance, “The robbery
that was perpetrated with his sanction or through his
negligence was so extensive and outrageous that for the
sake of judicial decency he should have been put to de-
fend himself on a trial for his impeachment. It is no
answer to say that he was not wilfully guilty, He was
either corruptly influenced, or he acted with a careless-
ness and disregard of all ordinary proprieties of judicial
life that is simply amazing. Saint Simon Stylites, taken
from his pillar in the desert after twenty years of silence
and seclusion, would have known better than to do as
Judge Westbrook is shown to have done. The hold of
the New York bench on the regard of the country at
large is not very stable at the best, and might well have
been strengthened by the arraignment of a judge of such
phenomenal innocence as to make himself the unwitting |
instrument of wholesale extortion and ruin. The fail-
ure to do this produces an unpleasant conviction that a
majority of the legislature were as corrupt or inefficient |
or ‘innocent’ as the Judge himself.
Ir is the ignorance of the majority and the intelligence
of the minority that render such fraud upon the ballot
as has been disclosed by the election contests before the
Tlouse of Representatives, possible at the South. It is)
not enough for the Republican party to do justice to the
contestants, by giving the seats to those honestly elected.
It ought also to do justice to the country and protect ,
the future by doing something to remove the cause. |
National aid to education is the only cure. |
NO, L—DAYS WITH LISZT.
BY ELISE J.
THERE lately came into our possession a pleasant little |
German book, in which are recounted many delightful
things concerning the ‘“piano-masters of our time.” It
was in the year 1842, when W. Von Lenz, the author of
our little work, came fora second time from the stately
capital of Russia to the fickle-hearted, pleasure-loving
Paris. In those times gayety was holding in Paris her
carnival days. Louis Philippe was King, and his splen-
did capital had become the central sun of the constella-
tion of European States. Thiers’ ministerial power was
in the zenith, which, considering the political fluctuations, °
was, perhaps, not much to say ; the resplendent genius of
Georges Sand had already, been acknowledged by the
world; Chopin’s subtle gifts were making themselves felt
among the chosen few ; Europe, from Madrid to St. Peters-
burg, was sounding the glories of Liszt, and Paris—so
Balzac affirmed—was permeated by a fine, electrical at-
mosphere, which made that city a miliew in which only one
could lire. In this favored time Liszt and Lenz met a
second time in Paris, Their first meeting had heen in |
1828, when Lenz, then nineteen years of age, made his | best.
| Weber’s ‘Invitation to the Dance,
. Jury 5, 1882
Arrived in Paris, the youth saw on the boulevards a posted
hand-bill, announcing that a Mr. Liszt would, that even-
ns, play the E-flat major piano concerto of Beethoven.
Lenz had already written six volumes in German and two
volumes in French upon Beethoven, and although he com-
prehended the colossal genius of the man, yet of his
works he‘was practically ignorant. Who, then, was this
Mr. Liszt, who had advertised to play the works of the
great musical Paracelsus? Lenz hastened to Schlesinger’s
—the musical bourse of Paris—and made inquiries of the
clerks concerning Liszt, pronouncing the name Litz. When
man that was announced to play the works of Beethoven,
all present laughed outright, and all in one breath ex-
claimed : ‘‘ Liszt is no piano teacher ; he will not give you
lessons!’ But the boy persevered, and .vund Liszt at his
home in the Rue Montholon, a rare oceurrence said the,
mother, piously adding: ‘‘My Franz is usually in the
church.”’ In those-days Liszt would willingly have been
considered a St. Simon, Tle is described by Lenz as being
at this time a pale, slender, young man, with extraordi-
narily attractive features. enz entered his room, in
which stood three pianos, the artist was lying on a sofa,
apparently lost in profound thought; he was smoking a
long Turkish pipe, and did not stir when Lenz appeared.
The latter, speaking in French, explained that his family
had sent him to Paris to take lessons from Kalkbrenner,
but that he, reading on the boulevards that Liszt was to
play a piano concerto by Beethoven in public, wished to
take lessons from him, At this Liszt appeared to smile.
“Play something for me,”’ he said satirically.
“*T play Kalkbrenner’s sonata for tlie left hand,” said
Lenz, believing that he was saying the right thing.
Liszt stopped him instantly, saying scornfully : ‘I will
not hear anything of that; Ido not know it, and I do not
wish to know
Lenz, undismayed, approached the nearest piano.
“Not at that one!’ exclaimed Liszt, without changing
his recumbent position. ‘‘ There, at the other.
Lenz seated himself at the piano indicated and began
” but when he sought
to give the first three A-flats in the piece, not a sound came
from the instrument. He played with greater force; the
A-flats came now, but in the softest piano. Lenz began
to feel ridiculous, but he went bravely on, until he reached
the first chords. Then Liszt arose, approached him, took
his hand, saying: ‘‘ What is that? It sounds well.”
“<T believe it,’’ said Lenz, who was one of Weber’s de-
votees, ‘that is Weber.”
**And has he written also for the } piano? ?”? asked Liszt.
“Tere we know only his Robin des Be
“Certainly, he has written for the piano, and that mere
beautifully than any one else,”’ replied Lenz in astonish-
I have in my portmanteau,’ he continued,
“ many things by Weber, and among them a solo sonata,
which contains all Switzerland, and ‘is preternaturally
beautiful; in it all lovely women smile at once ; it is in
A-flat major, and you cannot conceive how beautiful it is.
No one has ever yet written such piano music as Weber.”
was visibly impressed by the youth’s earnestness,
“ Well, * he said in a winning tone, “bring me all that
you have in your portmanteau and I will give you lessons
—lessons for the first time in my life—because you have
introduced me to Weber at the piano, and because you
were not terrified at this anomalous instrument ; this was
a maucaise plaisanterie of mine, an unmanageable piano,
which I ordered myself, in order to write ten scales by it,
whereas I have written only one. Now, come, play me
that affair that begins so curiously, Here, on this piano,
on which you wished first, to play; it is one of the noblest
instruments in Paris.’
Lenz now played the “Invitation,” the solo sonata in
A-flat major, and other Weber gems, Liszt’s delight mean-
while constantly increasing. After this visit the days
came and went, and in them all there was some hour in
which the two musicians played together the beloved
Weber, whose gentle beauties until now had been un-
known to the brilliant Parisian, Finally Lenz departed
from Paris; Liszt wrote, traveled, played and gathered
laurels everywhere, not only for himself, but also for
Weber, whose incomparable concerto. was now added to
Liszt's repertoire and played by him during his triumphal
concert tours through Europe.
After the lapse of fourteen years Liszt and Lenz had
again met in Paris. It was August, and Liszt had but
lately returned from St. Petersburg, where he had played
before four thousand people. At the close of his concerts
| ladies of the highest rank had received him on the steps
of his hotel, offering him garlands of flowers, and when
he left the city the highest nobles ordered one of their
own steamers, with bands of singers and musical perform-
ers, to accompany the artist to Cronstadt, and thence to
the borders of the Finland Gulf.
“After I arrived in Paris,’’ writes Lenz, “my first visit
was to Liszt, who then lived in the Rue Blanche. Liszt,
who was now no longer a “St, Simon,” received me with
great cordiality. ‘I shall visit you daily,” were his first
words. ‘I will order an Erard piano for you. We will
live over the old times at our instrument, especially with
the* sonatas of Weber, which of course you carry with
, the copy with your annotations, which I treasure
as a sacred relic, but I should much like to learn some-
| thing by Chopin.”
“We will study what you wish. But do not imagine
that you will be allowed to pay for it. I give no lessons
for a price. A cup of coffee at the hotel is return enough.
I shall come every day punctually at two o'clock, and we
will appoint the afternoon and evening for our work, The
whole morning you must spend at the piano. I shall
select the instrument at Erard’s and shall send you the
Those were never-to-be-for-
gotten mornings. Liszt seldom failed to come at the hour,
e stripling said that he wanted to take lessons of this *
ron marrige eno