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ART AND LOVE
By Frank Filson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"A great style, awonderful execu
tion," said old HerfJ"aeger, as Doro
they Ransome finished her first pub
lic pianoforte recital. "But she has
not the true interpretation."
"That can be acquired," pleaded
John Ransome of the famous pianist,
whom he had induced to come to
Boston especially to hear his gifted
Herr Jaeger shrugged his shoul
ders. "Who knows?" he asked. "In
terpretation is the spiritual percep
tion of the musical values. Some
times that comes sometimes it
"But Dorothy is so young. She is
only twenty," pleaded John Ran
some. 'Age makes no difference," an
swered Herr Jaeger, shrugging his
expressive shoulders once again.
And that ended the discussion.
The newspapers next day agreed
that Dorothy Ransome was one of
the most accomplished pianists in
the United States. But she had not
that quality which makes for genius.
John Ransome was bitterly disap
pointed. He had set his heart upon
his daughter's becoming a rival of
the greatest pianists of the age. He
had trained her diligently for this and
ever since she was a little girl. He
had known in his heart that Dorothy
had not the temperament of genius,
but he had fondly hoped that his mil
lions could buy this, as they seemed
able to buy everything else. And he
had failed dismally.
John Ransome was the big man of
Crossways, Mass. He was a self
made man and occupied a magnifi
cent mansion in the somewhat
squalid little manufacturing town.
TJe had not forgotten his old friends
- riches came to him. The Rich
1 the Ransomes were always
ads, even after Richards j
failed in business and was reduced
to very modest means. His son Tom
and Dorothy had been the best of
friends, and, of late, sweethearts.
That was where John Ransome set
his foot down.
"I do not want you to marry Tom
Richards," he said to Dorothy. And,
indulgent though he was, to the
point of excess, toward each of his
Will You Consent to
Thinking of Tom?"
daughter's inclinations, on this point
he was adamantine.
However, he did not seek to influ
ence her by threats or harshness,
but by appealing to ier sense of
"You are my only child, Dorothy,
and I know that you must marry
some day," he said. "But it was your
mother's wish that you should be
come the greatest pianist of the age,
as she seemed likely to be. She gave
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