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AIN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!
' Fault Miners
A fault miner is a left-handed
thinker. Their training seasonis all
year. They'll take anything, even
with a reputation as solid as con
crete, and dig into it with toothpick
1 criticisms until they pan out some
Anything new or good has some
mildew on it . They look at things a
half mile ahead and ten miles back
ward. They shy giving credit once
again as less as" a butcher's scale.
"Shakespeare didn't write that-stuff;
he copped it from some sport editor
while he was looking for a match"
that's the way their sheet music
- reads. i
F'rinstance, here's an example of
a fault miner, or knocking the stilts
out from under. It's a blue ribbon
" first place, royal flush. It happened
in a certain big city.
,An American plant massager
made his first entrance to certain
said city. He's played in all the other
cities before and made a grand
march into ditto city with grand lau
rels flying on all masts. He gave a
concert that was a four-bagger. H&
won in a hop. Here's the way a crit
ic came out with it in next a. m. pa
per. "Sp-and-so gave a piano recital at
so-and-so hall last night We are in
clined to believe he is a pupil of Pad
erewski as his whole program was
Paderewski numbers. The so-and-so
c concerto composed by Paderewski
strongly recalls to our minds a close-
Jy related theme; of Chopin. If so
; and-so were not a pupil of Paderew
I ski, no doubt his program would not
f lave held a Paderewski number."
1 There you are, folks, a prize-winning
fault miner. Not one word about
the pianist's skill, technique or be
,ing an artist, which he is. No. He
had to find uncalled for fault Stuff
nobody would lose sleep over was his
And underneath this article about'
the pianist the clever critic went into
spasms for two columns about a bur
lesque show. Gentle reader, don't be
a fault miner! Don't be a h&ng-nail!
Give credit with as much joy as we
like to get it Very good, Jake!
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