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JhV.';:i "CHE'Y, M. 0. A.
HONOLULU, II., I., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER. 29 , 1880.
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,"'!""-f About thirty members wore' pres
N'V" out including His Hbnor'Mr. Justice
11 l ' Jiuld, Dr. Damon', Messrs. P. C.
"?'' Jones jr., Lowrle, Cruzah, A. F.
"'.';' 'Cooke, T. G. Thrum, T. H.'Dnvies',
'M,?,"Atlierlon, H. Waerhousc, W. W.
'''"" Hall, and Captain Jackson.
." 'His Honor Mr; JiAtictf Shield, 'Pres
ident of' "the' Association took the
clmir. Mr. Lowrle, Secretary, read
' ' ' the nihiiltcs 'df the 'previous meeting
'' ; which wero'approved.
Mr. T. G. Thrum1, Treasurer read
'."':' a. 'financial statement' fpiftli'e past live'
" mbhth1 which showed tliat the cash
"''' balance wti $147.79 and the oiit
"''.stahding' liabilities were $218. The
President remarked that some of the
: hi ' ianmmi clubs were hot paid.
""'" Mr. 'P. C. Jones made a report
from the -liiihlic' nrcuchimr commit-'
'tee, stating that Dr. Dafimn had
resigned and proposing a'' meeting
!?'.' iri'jtlie hall every Sunday afternoon,
'-' especially for young men, to
commence from 1st, October.
He said there were a large number
" . of well dressed young men in town
' and he had no idea what they were
' ' " doing pr wheuce they came'and he
believed1 that good results' would en-
l sue from the meetings that ho pro-
" posed;- 'The evening meetings had
; dwindled down and ho thought it
' advisable to hold them in the after-
" '-noon. Ho advocated that they
should be well advertised and that
;,. members of the association should
; .call at the boarding houses, and en-
- deavor to reach all those yoilng men
, n, whose spiritual welfare he. believed
..,', i wus now neglected. He thought
. a thoy would be more likely tq come
after the mid-day meal and if' the
..j. meetings were successful then one
'.' . ; of. tlie chief objects of the. associa
.. ,!,tibn would bc.attained.
j,. 'ti )r. Damon explained that Jie had
.1; resigned in couseqijcncc of extra
jWprJc in connection with the Chinese
:nJ j church
On motion of Mr, Athcrtpn it! was
resolved- that the evening meeting at
V'tVquartcr to'.scycn lie discontinued
' and' that a meeting be held at 3
o'clock every Sunday afternoon.
a.Mr.,J'jank'.p"amqn .gaye -a report
from the Chinese Church Committee
''' "saying (hatat present ho -knew of
- ""iib man 'that-could be recommended
for, the'worli1 'and that it would
-' '"'b'e advisable to leavd It at preseut in
T 'the bands of the' Hawaiian Board to
"''whom tlie funds 'from the Y. M. C.
'""'A'. should lie paid'. Ho might meet
- fwitli an assistant ii Hongkong or
Shanghac where the mission work
was very actively prosecuted. He,
-iHistatcdithat.ho .wasgoing to Yoko-.,
Mt hama and cxpectcdjto'mcct DriTheo-.
ai tlo're Guliu'k who had ' been ;imost
enthusiastic in mission work among
scattion and foreigners.
Mr. W. W. Hall, for the Entertainment-
Committee, reported that
no entertainments had' been held
during tho past two months because
so many people wore out of town and
ho hoped within n fortnight that an
entertainment woulU bo givon to
obtain funds forj improving the
building. He also stated that Mr."
Lytins would probably soon deliver
ies promised looturo.
The President stated that ho had
visited tho prison lately and noticed
a great falling off in the number of,
Chinese prisoners and a great in
crease in tho mimbermf Hawaiians,
which ho. accounted for by tho
strict enforcement of the opium law
and to tho case with hvhioh the na
tives could obtain liquor.
Mr. P; C. Jones reported on bo
dmlf of tho Tcmperancci Committee
which' had nover met on account of
tho absence or sickness of its) mem-!
bers. Ho said that, tho Saturday
meetings, were.. well attended and
successful, and urged that a temper
ance meeting be held next week in
the hall and that a fow, speakers ad
dress those present,' and at the sumo
time ho would wish any of the public
to mnketremarks. Ho said thit there
were a large class of men here who
took, a great interest in temperance
and thisinterestishould be increased,
and he hoped they would be able to,
influence the elections by putting in
sober, temperate men; he did not in
any way refer to tho politics of the
country but hoped to create a pub
lic sentiment for- temperance. On
motion, it was agreed to hold a pub
lic temperance meeting in the hall
on Thursday evening, and a special,
committee, consisting of Messrs.
Jones, Cruzan and Oapt. Jackson,
wus appointed to carry out the
The following new members wero,
thou proposed and elected: James
Wilder, Frank- May, Clarence H.
Brown,' Douglas Berry and Mc
Liungliliu. A sum of $';).15 was collected in
the room in aid of the funds of the
' Mr. P. G. Jones suggested that
another book-keeping class should
Mr. W. W. Hall stated that nearly
$200 was owing on the furniture ac
count. Mr. Athertou road a letter from
Mr. McCoy of the San Francisco
Association, stating that ho could
not find anybody whom ho could
conscientiously recommend as Se
cretary to tho Honolulu Association
as several cities' in America wero
waiting for secretaries; he had ac
cordingly written to Mr. Morse of
A letter was read from Mr.
Morso who said that ho had no ono
in yiow at present, but would at
tend to toir requirements as
promptly as possible.
Tho evening's proceedings wero
brought to a close by prayor.
Play(ng and Toachlng.
From time to time' so manv vacuo
' hint's are, thrown out in regard to
sdmo peculiar method possessed by
one teacher or another and its su
periority over the methods taught by
others, usually intended to prejudice
the hearer ip favor of some practi
tioner, tliat a few common sense re
marks on the subject of teaching, as
well as of 'studying this very intricate
instrument may not be uninteresting
to the host of spirants to fame aiid
distinction in the art.
It is really painful to a musician
to bo obliged to listen to the opinions
volunteered by amateurs and others
on the different methods of instruc
tion ; indeed, he is so amazed and
perplexed that often he ilnds him
self at a loss what to reply or how to
correct any false impressions and
prejudices. If pressed to specify
'wherein a certain method differs es
sentially from any other, the. wouldr
be critics go. off into some generali
ties;, or perhaps, mention some idle
mannerisms with which they have
been particularly impressed, such as
holding the elbows as far as possible
from the body, a wabbling or ser
pentine, movement of the hand in go
ing from, one position to the next,
or perhaps, they are keenly alive to
tlie importance of playing witli a
soft thumb, taking octaves only
from the wrist. Tlie result of such
misguided study makes itself, fait on
every occasion to the prejudice of
real musical and artistic progress.
Let me state an instance in proof of
this assertion. One evening, on
leaving a concert hall, after' having
heard u well-known pianist play a
couple of concerts and various other
classical compositions in the "most
distinguished manner, I was accost
ed with the remark, by a party who
had some one method, on the brain,
" What do you think of her position '
of the hands." How differently,
may I ask, would this person have
been impressed with the performance
had she listened with her eye's'closcd.
This was by no means an isolated
case as I could have pointed out a
number of others present who were
read' to approve or condemn on
similar grounds. Now, the question
will arise, what are the requirements
for a good pianist, and wlfat course
must a student pursue to become
such a one? To this I will reply
that, to be successful before a mu
sically cultivated audience, the per
former is required to render compo
sitions of merit in the clearest pos
sible inanner nnd with the greatest
possible expression. To accomplish
all this, the performer must not
only have acquired a thorough com
mand over the instrument and fault
loss execution, but must also pos
sess the necessary esthetlcal culture
to grasptand interpret the idea of the
Tho conditions on which good ex
ecution' are based are: agility,
smoothness and endurance. To a'c
colnplish this requires the utmost
development of the mechanism of
nnnuanUi.nrm. ,This will lead to a
discussion pf the nll-impor.tant ques
tion, of touch., 'I'ho;requircments es
sential to a good touch arc : quality,
eyennesp and power. Quality de
pends pn tho manner in, which the
keys arc touched ; evenness on the
nice cumulation and perfect control
of all the muscles, and power is the
result of, properly conducted gym
The action (keys and pallets ) of
the piano may bo regarded as the
extension , or prolougntion of the
fingers acting directly on the strings.
The sensitiveness of tile' finger-ends
should, therefore, be in a manner
imparted to the keys, and great
caremiistbe taken not to mar the
purity of the tone by too violent
percussion, which is commonly un
derstood by forcing the tone. It
would, lead me too far to discuss the
position of the hands and arms to be
observed ; let it suffice to remark
that; the performer who has all the
muscles under complete control can
vary his position, ati leisure ; and
though a pirtuoao, may, by force of
individuality, drift into certain ec
centricities, let not any student sup
pose that his success will bo assured
by imitating them, and thus lose
sight of, the. important, requirements
Everv. teacher ulimilrl nnifiVnn n.
-intelligence of the pupil at the same
units mat ,ne is .training the lingers.
Why not lead him to judge hisown
performance and that of others from
a broadpr point of view and not
measure everything fcom a narrow,
egotistical standpoint? Pupilsshould
,besoetlucated'as'to j)e able to en
joy tliat in music, which is really
good and artistic,, and to condemn
and disapprove of that which is
worthless and indifferent.. In( this
way a musical public will be formed
whose approval will be: anxiously
sought for, and whose disapproval
will bci feared., Musician.
Russian papers state that Several
ancient gold articles, resembling in
general character those found by
Dr. Schliemann at Mycenre, have
been discovered on the northern
bank of the Amu Darya, the ancient
Oxus, about two days' journey from
Kudus. The intrinsic value of the
things found is estimated at 750.