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To-morrow trill be Christmas Day prac
ticallv, and there ill be a larpe number of
social gathering. -As they will nearly all
be of a iamily cfcsn.ctT, hotrever, they are
not St iratcrialiorcn-cussion in the columns
of anevsnaper. We can only hope that
thev will be asdelij;:itiulas the participants
anticipate, and that the good will, which is
the distinguishing rn.irk of the season, will
hoier above their heads in a spirit of
Clirislnus good cheer and peaceful happi-1
Ihe weefc bc'ore Christmas has been a
pay one in the twin cities, and there has
been so mucti social pleasure that the main
occupation ol bavins Christmas gifts has
not been alloued to take up all the time
and attention of society. Among the most
imriortant events of the week the entertain
ment by the Tuedav Xight Club at the
Plitsbun Club Theater stands pre-eminent
The delightful cou.edv, "Flies in the Web,"
gmefome of our amateurs an opportunity
of showing that thev possess histrionic tal
ents that would do c-edit to the professional
board', and that it is possible to enjoy a
delightiul dramatic entertainment with
only Pittsburgers in the cast. A splendid
' feature of the evening ivas the entire ab
sence of the big 1 ats that so often spoil the
pleasure of visitors to the regular theaters.
Evening dress wa de rigueur, and pretty
coiifuies instead of large hats were worn by
all the lathes in the audience as well as on
thsstaze. Large bunches of flowers were
carried by mon of the ladies, and the air
as fragrant with the odor of exotics as
if the pietty theater wcrp one vast green
house. The officers of the Tuesday Night Club
for the ensuing vear are: President, 3Ir. A.
M. Guthrie: Vice President, Mr. A. H.
Childs; Treasurer, Mr. J. D. Lyons; Secre
tary, Mr. O. M. Pa;c They were elected
and announced betueen the acts of "Plies
in the Web."
Friday evening next, there will be a re
ception at the residence of Mrs. Charles C.
Briggs, Center avenue, in honor of her
daughter, who is home lro:a school for the
January is to have several fashionable
weddings. Among them will be that of
Miss Marv Kicketson, eldest daughter of
Sir. and Mrs. John h. Rickets n, of Alle-
gfenv, and Mr. Pjsclial Carr, of St. Louis, A reception is to be given next Wednes
the date being tiie 12tu, and the place the day evening by Mrs. Charles C. Scaife, of
residence o! the bride's parents, Ridge
avecae. Another wedding in which a large I
circle of lrieuds. are interested will be that I
of Miss Kate Irmn Cassidv. daughter of l
Mr. and Mrs. Ej'ia.U T. Cassidy, ot Breck
earidge atcnue, ai.d Mr. William Metcalf,
Jr. It aill take d ce the evening of Jau
"uary 4, at St. I'eicr's P. XL Church, Grant
j The last impor:ant wedding of the vear
will take placs December 29, and will be
that oi Miss Eugenie Maple, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. 1 nomas Maple, and Dr. Bar
ton Johnston, m t lie Second Presbyterian
Chi.:e., The officiat-ug minister will be
ihe bridegroom's lather. Rev. Dr. John
ston, of Chicago, assisted bv Rev. John
Sutherland, D. D.
Miss E.:nina McMillin, daughter of Cap
labi and Mn John S. McMillin, of Grand
view avenue, Mt. Washington, has gone to
spend the winter with friends in Denver,
- y, ,., -
The tea given by Miss Margaret Darling
Ion, at the Darlington residence last week,
in honor oi Mrs. Charles H. Harlow, was a
brilliEut aSmr. The house is a magnificent
one, aud the elegant costumes of the ladies
added luster to what was already a scene of
regal luxurj. Mrs. Harlow's gown was of
-unite brocilec silk, with blue"ribboDB and
deep lace at ibv neck. Among the ladies
who assisted Miss Darlington in her pleas
ant dutv oi serving tea, were Mrs. Alex
ander Laughiin, Mrs. Wynn Ssvrell, Mrs.
George H. iiaiuiltou, Mrs. Joseph Dil
wortfe, Mrs. Pranic Sproul, Mrs. Harry
Sprout Mrs. harr.et Watson, Mrs. Shiras,
Miss Ru&ctson and Miss Sellers.
A sapper is to be given at the Pittsburg
Club, in one of the private dining rooms,
sfter tl o dance Monday night by Mr.
George Blair Pa:nW.
A letter receive: by Charles W. Scovel,
Es., Secretary ot the Art Society, fiom
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, says that Mr. Car
negie has ordered two life-size copies, in
Carrara marble, of some of the Italian nias
lerp.eces. C.e u "Diana With Stag," lor
the Allegheny City Art Gallery, aud the
ther "Apollo Belwuere," lor Pittsburg,
which will be placed m the rooms of the
Art Societv. lue -taiues will be received
in lue spring. The Buard ot Directors of
the Art Snciety liae passed a resolution of
tliatiKs to Mr. Carneirie, aud the "Apollo
Belvidere" will he one ot the distinguish
ing leaiurts ot the rooms as soon as it ar
rives. A orecption is to be given by Mrs. Park
tPaiater next Pnday e cning for her daugh
ter, Miss Mary Painter, who is spending
Christmas at home
The reception to be given by the mem
bers ol tne Pittsbarg Club next Thursday
evening will be one of the notable society
events or the close of 1892. There will be
twoorciiestras, one specially for the dan
ofjpind every means lor the entertain
ment ot the gue-.ts will be employed. The
receptio i comm.uce will be Mr. and Mrs.
tt'. X. Frew, Mr. and Mrs. Sewell, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph R. Diluorth, Mr. and Mrs.
''raBk P. fiuroul, Mr. Kathaniel Holmes,
Jr. W. M. Puce, Mr. Arthur Holland and
V. K. Shiras, Esq.
Mies Bcila Clarkson will be the guest of
lworatatea to be given by Miss Anna
frasees Marshall, ol Stockton avenue, next
Mrs. D. A. Stewart's reception last even
njr, to incet the Yale College Glee and
Jeiijo Clubs, was one of the elaborate social
tSaira of the scasca. All the "buds" were
there, with enough dancing men to make
ibc occasion as merry as a marriage bell.
Yale blue tras to bj seen everywhere, in
&e eostitxuus of the ladies as well as in the
decorations of the house, while the holly
mhJ inistitrtae terries peeping lroni their
iiets oi greci.err rnnnded every one that
it was Christmas Eve.
A 12 o'clock breakfast is to be given by
Hw Laughliu and Miss Leila Laughiin,
Metiday, January 2, to m eet Miss Saltus
wd Miss Le Bourgeois.
Ofle of the handsomest entertainments of
the veekwasthe theater party on. Friday
evening, given by Mr. Stansbury Sutton.
Alter a diuner at Mr. Sutton's home on
Kidge avenue, Allegheny, the party, chap
eroned by Mrs. Christian I. McKee, drove
to the Du'quesne. On the conclusion of the
opera the party proceeded to the Pittsburg
Club, where the pleasure of the evening
was prolonged in the dance given for the
Yale Glee Club.
A card party at the residence of Lieu
tenant Pitch, of Edgewood, is to be given
next Pridav evening by his daughter, Miss
To-morrow evening the first of the fash
ionable dinner dances is to be gTvem The
dance will be under the supervision of Mrs.
Joseph K. Bilwortli and ifr&i. Henry
Soroul, the dinners being tfiveJi by Mrs. H.
IX Denny, Mrs. A. K. W. Painter, Mrs.
Mark W.'Watson and Mrs. SewelL
Mrs. C C Hussey mil give a reception
to the members of the Princeton University
Glee and Banjo Clubs Tuesday evening,
An informal musicale is to be given by
Mrs. J. B. Murdoch next Tuesday evening
for her niece, Miss Pratt, of Eltnira, I. Y.
Miss Pratt has just returned from a pro
longed residence in Germany, where she
has been pursuing her musical studies.
Mrs. P. E. Marshall is to lecture on
"Every-Day Lite in Spain" in the Art
Society's rooms, Prid3y next, December 30.
Monday, January 2. is the day set by
Mrs. James A Chambers for a two o'clock
luncheon in honor of Miss Warren. It is
expected to be a very delightful affair,
since all the elements of enjoyment will
certainly be there.
The daughter of Mrs. William Metcalf is
to make her debut at a ball given by her
mother, Monday, January 16.
S 'In answer to a correspondent of The
Dispatch the information is gienthatit
is correct lorm m Pittsburg to leave a card
when making a call. There is no reason
given for this except that it is the proper
Invitations have been issued for a card
party by Miss Jean S. Wright, of Edge
wood, next Saturday evening.
Western avenue, lor her daughter. Miss
Annie V. Scaife, and her sou, Mr. Charles
C. hcaife. both of uhom are home for the
Miss Rckctson is to bs the guest of
honor at a luncheon given by Mrs. Remsen
W. Messier next Wednesday!
The gnosis at the Kenmawr "kept Christ
mas" in good,old-fashioned style last night
There was a Christmas tree ot gigantic size,
gifts for every one and dancing, to say
nothing of cider and gingerbread ad lib.
Miss Mary Reed is to entertain the Cen
ter Avenue Euchre Club next Thursday
The Darlington mansion, Irwin "avenue,
Allegheny, will be the scene ol a tea given
by Miss Reberca McC Darlington, tor the
younger members ol society, next Wednes
A reception is to be given by Miss
Mary Hays, of Shady side, Tuesday, Janu
January 17 is the date set for the mar
riage ot Miss Seeley, daughter of Mr. L. P.
Seeley, of North avenue, Allegheny, to Mr.
Cornelius M. Garrison. It will take place
in Emanuel P. E. Church.
HOLIDAY SOCIAL PLEASU2E3.
Gatherings of the Week tfefore Christmas
In the Two Cities.
The East Lake Eucnrj Club uelalts first
meeting at the home of Miss lloeKujor,
Xo. i!U Franklin stieet, Allegheny, lliurs
day eveuinjr, December L Tne prizes,
which consisted ot a silver caid
caso and silver pocket knlle, weio
won by Miss Sadie Glesenkamp and
Sir. Frank Popp. Ihe second meeting
was held at the home of Mr. Harry Laivd-ci-atf,
Thursday. December 15. After a. most
enjuj able pmc delicious relreslimeuts w ei e
M-rvett. Tlio prizes neie won oj Mrs. Hark
Eicuenluub aud Air. Mark Eichenlaub. They
weieasolid silver pin tray uud silver whisk.
Tim lollow in.; are the members of the
club: Hisses Jicse Knyloi, Sadie Glesen
kamp. Helen K.scher, Carrie Fiscner, Ce
celia iiuj loi. Sadie Fooao, Nellie Fouse, Airs.
Mark Eicliciiiaiib, Hury DanUgratf and
Dick ttalsi, und Messis. Harry Kuylnr,
1'iank 1'opp, Jim liueklej-, Jilm Kujlor,
Eanurd Jaminen, Edward Fischer, Dan
Kujlor, Mark Eichen.aub.
An enjoyable event of the week was a
birthday suiuiise given In honor of Mr.
William J. Turner at his residence, 3332 Miff
lin street, on Tuesday evening. Dancing
and card playing formed the amusement o:
the evening. At midnight a dainty supper
wassarved. The guests were Misses Bossie
Kinan, Ruth Glover, Daisy lIcMunn, Ella
and Jennie Harrison, Annie and Eliza
Alarsh, Mary Black, Lillj and ClmssieStett
ler, Emma and Orea Bell, Sadie and Maggie
Anderson, Cora iieighel, Laura Degarma,
Anna Bradley, Julia Percel, Muirgie Toben,
Lizzio Tuiner, Mary Fatten, Annie Murphy,
Minnio Holmes and Mrs. Houues; Messrs.
William Orr, Htnry Campbell, Albert
Bliina, Arnold Marsli. Thomas liountree,
Jolin Lowry, John Harri-on, Howard
Beubt), Hairy and Frank Holmes, George
Bair, Charles bchuclimann, Blown. Ed
w in Kiel, Harry and Walter Clin; William
Turner and Bowan and Whalen.
On Thursday evening next Miss Nina
xuiigan, the teacher or elocution and the
Belsarte thcory.of Mt. Washington, will give
an entertainment in the Homestead Opeia
House for the benefit or those in need. The
programme will consist of a minuet and
Dolsarte drill by Mis ilillisan's Homestead
cl iss, aud will conclude witli tho production
of a humoious two-act comedy, entitled "A
Box oi Monkeys." The leading role will be
taken by Miss Milligan, who has appealed
in several iccent amateur diauiatic events.
Sue will be assisted bv Messrs. J. A. Ciusg,
William Campbell, Misses Hannah Baxter,
Margaret Wise aud other local talent.
Owing to the lact .that no regular trains
leave Homestead lato enough to accommo
date Fittsburgers who attend, a, special
tram lias been secured, which will leave at
the close of the entertainment
Avery pleasant evening was spent at the
home or Mr. Dennis Htley, 28i2 Fenn ave
nue, last Wednesday. It was a surprise
party, urranjed by Miss Alice Bball, and
was a most successtul affair. Music aud
dancing were the featuies or tho eveninj.
Those present were: Misses Katio Hulev,
Alaiy Hhull, Essis Burnes, Ella Crosseii,
ilu'ie Welsh, Mary Costella, Mary Dorn.L.
Haslet, Annie Khvne, Ella Mie.i, Katie 'ine
honser, Nellie Xolan, Sadie blater, Sadie
O'Ncil, Noia Barter, Annie Boyle, Mairgle
and Katie Elseser, Mary Shanon, J. Kelly:
Messrs. T. Money. T. Faue C. Besterman,
J. Eicher, L. Blchard, T. Boyle. Jacob and
John Herman, M. UlnleburK, E. Uudolt, P.
Conroy, A. Miller, W. G ramus, J. Bball, J.
Sill, J. and T. Haley.
The second ball of the sixth annual series
or tho Assembly Club will be' held in the
Grand Opera House, Uniontown, Pa., on
Tuesday evenlns, December 27. The As
sembly Club is composed of CO gentlemen
and the balls they give are the social events
or the season. Tile houso will be decorated
with plants and flowers and supper will be
seivedby Biownfield. Toerge will furnish
the music. The patronesses for tho season
are: Mrs. S. E. Ewinsr, Mis R. W. Dawson,
Mrs. Prank Huston, Mrs. B. B. Howell, Mrs.
G. a Marshall and Mrs. A. D. Boyd. The
committee are: R. E. Umbel, U. B. Haruh,
V. Y. Parslmll, W. A. Uone and A. Plumer
Austin. Over 200 invitations hare been
issued, and there will be many present irom
Connollsvllle, Gieensburg and bomoraet.
Tne reception tendered by Bauh Bros. &
Co. to their employes at Cycloraina Hall,
on Friday evening, was a very enjoyable
affair. A miscellaneous programme consist
ins of recitations and music by the mem
bers of the manufacturing department took
up a great part of the evening. The foie
man, Mr. Long, then me-ented ouch mem
ber of the Aim with a beautifully embossed
cold beaded cane, as a token or exteetn.
Mr. Enoch Bauh, senior member or the firm,
responded, assuring them tnat the good
feeiing expressed was reciprocal. Dancing
was in older until 12 o'clock, when the conit
pauy, consisting of 105, were seived an ex
The annual reception, tendered by the
Board of Trustees and Faculty of Curry Uni
versity on Friday evening, was abrlltiunt
affair. Tho spacious balls and reception
looms were Insufficient to accommodate tne
students, Alumni and friends who weie
piese.it. The sixty youngladies and gentle
men students, wliu composed the Introduc
tion committee, ueie two hours in perlorm
ing their ai duous task. The happy boys and
gills who, iorthepist months have been
uiiigent students, tue mote keenly enjoy the
relaxation or Chnstmas time and conse
quently these occasions ale u fltti.ig be
ginning for the Yule tide season.
Mr. and Mr. Frank Bnruer, of Bellevue,
celebrated their twenty-filth wedding anni
versary Monday e ening, December 19. It
was one ot the most sociable events of the
week, the largo gathering, numbering about
2C0, included lriends from Pittsburg, Alle
Mheny, East End, McKeesport and Beaver,
Pa. 'Ihe house was handsomely decorated
and the numerous presents received made
quite a display ot silvern are. An excellent
suppei was served at midnight, during whicu
soit music his reudeied by an oichestta in
an uujoining loom. The evening was a moat
enjojable 6ue throughout.
To-dav will be observed musically in Brad
dock in the majority of the churches. At
S . Joseph's German Catholic Cuuich six
masses and benediction will bo celebiated,
while three different masses wilt be sun;:.
Two masses and vespei s will he sungat both
St. Brendan's ami be Thomas' Bomun Cath
olic chinches. The bt. Thomas Cornet Band
oi tl) pieces will assist in the programme at
the latter church. CopoUnd U. B. Church,
the Fust Presbyieiiuu, North Bruddoclc U.
li., luimanuel's Geiui&u Lutheran, ilrst
English Luxherun und the First M. E. Church
w ill also have special services.
Mr. John Powell, a well-known resident of
Braddnck, was pleasantly surpn ed last
Friday evening ut his borne on Talbot ave
nue. He was attending a meeting of Post
181, G. A. B-, ot winch he is an officer whdn
lie was called away una conlrouted with a
paitj ot someouuests wliomMis.l'owellaue
uer daughter had invited. Tho occasioa
was Mr. Powell's 55:h biituday unnivoisarv.
Tue evening as voiy enjojably spent and
an excellent supper was served. Some very
handsome pieseuis weie leceivcd ny Mr.
Tho members of St. Canice, tho new En
glish Catholic Church or Allentown, will
give a tea paityat Allentown Turner Hall,
next Tuesday and Wednesday evenlue.
The best amateur singers aud elocutionists
ot tnu two cities have volunteered their ser
vices lor the occasion. Theie will be danc-
m;., Geiuert's oicucstra furnishing the
music All the piomiueut people ot tue hill
tops are expected to attend, lliu pioceeds
aie lor the oenellt of the new churcu. sei
vices are now Being held lu the old Metho
dist chuich on Excelsior stieet which has
Miss Nollie Hickey, or 12) Grace street, Mt,
Washington, entertained a number of her
friends Monday evening. Among those
present were: The Misses Mamie Neuell,
Mamie Buiris, Adeline Emerson, Nellie
lleuilug, Uii.u Jackson, Maggie Newell,
-Maud MaybriCk, Grace Datz and Ollle lor
rence; Messrs. 1 bourns Ituddv, Ed Maishall,
Claieuce Matthews, Balnu Galvin, Chuiles
Tite, Fred Allller, James Canol and J. P.
Hickey. Dancing was the leature of the
One of.the quiot but very pietty weddings
of the week was that celebrated at the
residence of Mi. W. G. Harshaw, of Bennett,
Pa., Wednesday arternoon. It was that of
his eldest, daughter. Miss Birdie and Mr.
Edward Vero, also of Bennett. The cere
monj took place in the presence of the
neai relatives of the young people and was
perlormed by Eev. James G. Harshaw, a
cousin ol the Undo. The bride woie a very
pietty white costume and was attended by a
sistoi or the gioom, Miss Jennie Vero, who
&iso wore wuue.
A very pretty wedding at the residence of
J. S. Newmjcis, Dawson, Pa., took place
Wednesday, at 4 o'clock, Joining in marriage
Miss Geitrude Gallatin, sister of Mrs. J. S.
Newmyers, and Mr. H. E. Connor, both of
Dawson. Duung the ceremony the weddius
march rom Mendelssohn was renderod by
Miss Maud Gault. Mr. and Airs. Conner will
be at home lu their newly furnished nouse
on Galley stieet after they return from their
The reception given by Miss Vida McCnl
lou ,;b last Tuesday evening at the lesidence
ot her mother, on Allegheny avenue, iu
honor ot her guests, Mr. and Airs. 'Dividson,
of New York, was u very pleasant affaii.
About -5 couples were present, who thor
oughly enjoyed tho splendid dance musio
fm nisiied. for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs.
Dividsou are on their jourpey home, after
spending a fen weeks' honeymoon through
the N estern btates.
The E ntre Nous Euchre Club met at the
home o Miss Jennie Charles, Church ave
nue, Allegheny, last Thursday evening. A
veiy enjojable evening was spent at euchie
aud in dancing. Uhe piizcs were a very
pietty aftei-dinner coffee cup undsauoer lor
tue ladies and a silver-mounted hat biush
for the gentlemen. The successful con
tetnn.s were Miss Gertrude KuaLe and Mr.
The annual bazar of St. Thomas' It. C.
Church of Braddock, of which the Very Bev.
John Hickey is rector, was opened on
Wednesday evening last. Tne ball of the
University building is prettily decoiated
und gaily festooned bootns are placed here
andtheieanda goodptogra.ume ot musio
is rendered each evening. ,The bazar will
remain open until December 31.
The lourth entertainment In the mid
wintei series of the Carnegie Fiee Library
Free Lecture Course at Braddock was given
on Thursday night in the First M. E. Ciiurch
at Braddock. The subject was "A Day and
a Night in a Volcano" by the noted lectnier,
Herbert Stanley Kenton. About 1,100 people
listened to the orator and enjoyed the illus
trations. A reception was l.eld at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hughes, 315 Bed
ford avenue, during the week. The occasion
was the biithday of their little daughter
Ella. Music and danotng -were enjoyed
duilng the evening, which was brought to a
close after a dainty supper was served.
The Edgar Thomson Steel Works Cornet
Baud of 10 pieces, assisted by the Columbian
Quartet of Braddock, gave an excellent
concert in tho old Lytle Opera House last
evening. Theie was present one of tne
laigest audiences that has been seen at a
Biaddock concert for a long while,
mo L.a fayene uiuu, ot uraauoclr, or
ganized three j ears ago will give its first re
ception of this season In Lytic Opera House
next Wednesduy evening. About 150 invi
tations have been issued. The Mozart
Oicucstra tvill furnish music for dancing.
Tho John Grlpp Entertaining Club re.
ceived from Judge John Grlpp a volume of
Shakespeare's works as a Christmas present.
The members or the club aie very proud of
the Kiit. and desiro to letuiu thanks to Mr.
Grlpp for his handsome offering,
A marriago that will be interesting to the
young people of Braddock will occur noxt
week. Mr. Fred Alles, son or Mr. James
Alios, of Copelaud, and Miss Edna Packer,
of Second street, ate to be the principals.
Invitations will be issued this week by
the members of Pittsburg Commandery. No,
1, Knights Templar and their Masonio
lriends to a reception at the Monongauela
House, January 18.
To every -music-lover in the Keystone
State, whether professional or amateur, (lie
most important event scheduled for this
week is the fourth annual meeting of the
Pennsylvania State Musical Association, to
be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
And this meeting bids fair to be really the
most important one yet held by that highly
useful and promising organization. The
efforts of President Edward A Berg, of
Reading, have been successful in raising
among the citizens a fund that
enables a fine, complete orches
tra to be brought from Philadelphia for
the Wednesday evening concert This is
the first time that orchestral aid could be
had by the association, aud it makes a very
important element in the meeting. At the
same concert the Reading Thoral Society
will assist. Only with such unusual means
would it be possible to bring out the im
portant works by Pennsylvania composers
that so to make this programme the most
notable so far in the history of the associa
tion: L Chorua ImTempeldrMuse.Herm.Mohr
Conductor, Mr. Herm. Jlohr.
2. Conceito For violin audorchestia
D major. On. 60. Gustav Utile
Allegro modorx to Andante Allegro.
Condnctnr, Mr. M.iuilts.Leefson.
3. Festival Te Deum in C For solo.quar-
tor, chorus and orchestia Lai I Better
Soprano, Miss Sara A. Snearer.
Alto, Miss BO-.0 M. Brady.
Tenor. Mr. Peter Maizen.
Buss, Mr. Ednaid i eniretly.
Conductor, Mr. Cull Hotter.
4. Harp solo "La Bella Giaidiniera
Sic. G. Seiaro.
a. Break Not Her Sleep
A. W. Borst
6. Sleeriin!' Tide Kellio
Mrs. Addle Reed Fleminir.
6. Concerto For piano and orchestra
Two movements J. Baff
Andante con moto Allegro.
Mr. Maurits Lecfson.
Condnctoi, Air. Gustav Hille.
. Cantata Prayer and Praise For solo,
quailet, chorus and orchestra.
W. W. Gilchrist
"Mlss S. Shearer.. Heading
FamalB Onartet J Miss J.Richaidson..Phila
Female Quartet. .j Ms A. R Fleming. Phila
(.Miss K. M,'Bi-ad. Head ing
Tenor Mr. Allen C. Alellort Reading
Baiitone Mr. Edward Peligelly... .Reading
Conductor Mr. W. W. Gilchrist.
The advance programme, giving the gen
eral scheme of all the sessions, with names
oi essayists, per'orniers, etc,, was printed
in this department two weeks ago. It is to
the credit of the Programme Committee
(under the Chairmanship of Mr. Joseph
H. Gittings, of Pittsburg,) that so few
changes have had to appear in the final pro
gramme just received. A pianoforte recital
bv Miss Cornelia Dvas at 11 A. at. on
Thursday is added; the name ot Mr. Emil
Gastel is replaced in 'luesday evening's
list by that of Miss Josephine Richardson,
of Philadelphia, and her place on Wednes
day alternoon is taken by Miss M Virginia
Peck and Mr. Peter Marzen, ot the same
Besides the Te Deura by Mr. Retter,
Pittsburg composers are represented by a
song of Mr. Ad. M. "Poerster's and by a
song and a pianoforte piece by Mr. Ethel
bert Nevin. Other fellow-citizens named
are: Mr. Charles Davis Carter, ex-President
of the association, w ho will read an
essay Tuesday alternoon on "Vocal Exer
cises versus Voice Culture, and will
take part in the organ recital
of Thursday evening; Mr, Homer Moore,
who on Wednesday afternoon will discuss
"Tone Color in Singing" (with illustra
tions). Mr. Eugene C, HefHey and Miss
Lois Belle Cory, of near-by Grove City,
will give a pianoforte and song recital
Everyone interested in music can and
should become at once either an active or
an associate member of the State Associa
tion. Mr. Theo. G. Wettach, Vice Presi
dent for this county, or Mr. Gittings will
willingly receive the diminutive annual
lee of 51, for which the printed report of
the meeting will alone be a liberal return, to
say nothing of helping a good cause. The
many Pittsburgers intending to go to the
meeting can obtain from Mr. Gittings ti.e
orders lor railroad tickets mentioned in the
following notice just issued and headed
"Very Important" in big, black letters:
The different railroad companies having
suddenly decided not to issue the usual
holiday excursion tickets, it will be neces
sary inr on in order to procure an excur
sion ticket and reduced intes to piesent
tue enclosed ordeis at every ticket office at
which yon purchase tickets.
Please notify your fiiends and all others
intending to visit the meeting.
Edward a. Bebs, President.
A Great Rendition Coming.
At home the important event of the week
is, ot course, the Mozart Club's fourth an
nual performance ot "The Messiah." It
may safelv be said that the chorus of 200
voice3 and the local orchestra of 35 players,
before whom Director James P. Mc
Collum will swing his baton, this time,
are in better shape to do justice
to the great oratorio than ever before. Anil
the norfc probably has never been heard
here with a better solo quartet than this:
Mrs. Genevra Johnstoue-Bishop, ot Chi
cago, well known here; Miss Olive Freni
stadr, Mr. 'Albert Lester King and Dr.
Carl E. Dufft, all of New York, and all of
genuinely high repute as oratorio singers.
It is proper once in awhile to refresh our
memories on even so popular an oratorio as
"The Messiah," which is the greatest and
at the same time the most widely known
among the works of George Frederick Han
del (1685-1759). In it are most lull v shown
bis religious feeiing, melodic invention,
contrapuntal knowledge and his yet un
equaled skill in massive choral writiug. It
was wholly composed and scored during a
sojourn in Dublin within the brief space of
2i days. Yet the original score giyes proof
of most careful and critical revision, abound
ing in alterations and containing two, or
even three, different settings of the same
parts ot the text The oratorio was first given
in Dublin for a charity, April 13, 1742, and in
London one year 'later. Probably its
first American performance was that of
Boston's Handel and Haydn Society in
1818. Its one hundred and fiftieth auni
versary was widely celebrated last spring,
the festival of the New York Oratorio
Society attracting especial attention by
giving the work with the original orchestra
tion as Handel wrote it.
With that exception it is probable that
the original orchestration has never been
heard in this country or anywhere else for
many years. The most notable perform
ance, using the original score, was
during the Handel commemoration at
Westminster Abbey in 1784, wnen
the orchestra was 'made up of 157
stringed instruments, 26 bassoons, I double
bassoon, 26 oboes, G flutes, 12 trumpets, 6
trombones, 12 horns and 4 drums to sup
port a chorus ot 267 voices! Handel's
scoring was even then far behind the times
and in 1789 Mozart partially filled out the
score with the additional accompaniments
that have since been universally Used.
But the so-called Mozart score is itself
thin and incomplete to modern ears, as
everyone knows that has heard the oratorio.
In 18S4, Robert Franz, the lately deceased
composer, published a new edition, with ad
ditional accompaniments, that are complete
and satisfying, without sacrificing a jot of
the Hande'lian spirit. This is the score to
be used ob Friday evdniug for the first time
in Pittsburg. Its special characteristics
were briefly mentioned in this department
last Sunday. The Franz .score was first
used at the Birmingham (Eugland) Festi
val. August 27. 1885. and was at once
adopted, py the Kandel and Haydu Society,
of Boston, for the Christmas performance
that year. ,
All In all this week's performance of
"The Messiah" promises to be the best yet
heard in Pittsburg.
Religious Import of Music.
Apropos of the beginning of these regu
lar Christmastide performances of the great
oratorio, there was a discussion In this de
partment of The Dispatch for December
11, 1887, of Pittsburg's failure to realize
the religious import of oratorio and other
sacred works in the larcer forms. After
alluding to the peculiar reverence in which
the English nation holds the oratorio (par
ticularly "The Messiah"), these two para
graphs came iu:
Thi Boston Handel and Haydn Foclety,
the pioneer oratorio chorus of America, has
for bomo 70 years been In tho habit of hold
ing its concerts on Sunday evenincs. That
city and several others have long had regu
lar Christmas performances or "The
Slessinh." .Hair a century or so a'O even
Pittsburc's choral organizations the Saciod
Music Society, the Music Fund Society, the
former Mozait Societv and the lest of
the old-timers regularly hold their
concerts in the old First, or Trinity,
or one or the other churches. These socie
ties used tocall their concerts, "oratoilos,"
In the sense, doubtless, or "iaci'ed concerts"
the programme, though miscellaneous, be
ing inado up exclusively, or mainly, ot sa
cied music In the later '70' the then acting
pistorof tho Tniid Presbyterian Church,
tho sifted Dr. Loonaid Wol-ey Bacon, or
canlzed, aud conducted himself in that
church, m excellent performance of "Tho
But Pittsburg's habit for a long time has
been to consider an oratorio as simply so
much concert music, entirely missing the
nobler and truer element. It would be irood
to recover the lost ground of the devotional
oratorio to have the cliurclios open wide
their doors to it to have it given on Sun
days, it you please: una It is just possible
bhat tho lecular Chilstmas pciiormance of
"Tho Messiah" may prove the entering
wedge ol the reform.
These words seem to have had a pro
phetic tinge, viewed in the light of subse
quent developments. Mr. Linard C. Web
ster's success with St, Andrew's
Choir iu giving occasionally an im
portant, timely work; Mr. Henry
L. Ringwalt's activity in the
samo line with his independent choir, and
now the superb scheme of monthly services
of the same sort being carried out at Cal
vary Church by Mr. Carl Retter and Rev.
Dr. George Hodges all are striking inci
dents in the progress of this much-needed
A Plan of Great Magnitude.
And now comes another signal step in
the same direction, though taken from a
wholly different .standpoint.
Mr. Homer Moore, at his second lecture
concert, given in Old City Hall last Thurs
day evening, unfolded a plan of great mag
nitude, promising the utmost useiuluess, in
language about as follows:
The musical education of the masses has
alnaysbeen a setious Dioblem difficult of
solution. Musical taste, musical interest
and musical knowledge aie interdependent
and indeed Inseparable. 1 have been lor
some tiino consideilnga plan for the musi
cal development of the woikin class. To
discuss this problem theoietic.illy would
take much more time than is at my disposal.
Tho practical side of the question only is
In a w ord, the first step In my plan Is the
giving in this nlace oi u seiieso Sunday
Alternoon Sacred Conceits for the benefit
of the workiugmen, their wives and their
cnildicn. The tickets are to be distributed
by the managers of the various establish
ments in which thev aie employed, and
Judgment is to be used m giving them only
to those ho would be likely to be inter
ested und benefited.
Tue advisability or these concerts being
held on Sunday has been ciietnlly consid
ered. In order that the greatest possible
good may be dono the concerts must he held
when thoy can be attended and when the
neople will be in the best possible mood to
be pleased and instructed. At tor a long day's
w ork fow are iu sucii a mood; but on Sunday
afternoon many have nothing to do und
would otherwise spend the time worth
lessly. My idea Is that the programmes
should be made principally or musio with
s ici ed or churchly words.but I do not believe
It necessary or advisable to hold without
exception to tins rule. umerous broad dig
nified and available selections can bo made
from secular musio that will tend gieatly to
the education of those who listen. I be
lieve it will bo a good thing to have printed
lu the piogramnios two or three fine hymn
tunes aud words, in older that the wuole
audience may -tate part. Peuple especially
enjoy and profit by that which they do
themselves The vaiious churoh choirs and
local organizations should be irvited to
take pait in the performances by singing
special selections prepared for the occasion.
Fuitheimoie I bolicve it will be an espe
cially good feature to give a short explana
tion of each number beforo it is sunir, show
ing its real meaning and the natural musical
expression of it, teaching the peoplo in this
way what to look lor, what is rfcrlit, what
is wrong, what is good, what is bad. If the
composer is one of Influence in musical his
tory, a short sketch may be given oi his life
It is my Idea that the whole should be car
ried on in a broad, dignified spirit for the
f;eneral benefit of sacred music. It ccrtain
y Is worse to sing bad sacred music eveu on
a weekday than good secular music on Sun
day, and at the present more bad music is
sung ou Sunday than during all the rest of
week. Religion sufieis fiom this cause fully
as much as music.
Tue second feature Is the organization of
a class to be composed of the adult children
of the worklngmen to study sight reading of
music. Little can be done in singing with
out the ability to read the notes and com
prehend their value and meaning. I cannot
undertake this blanch of the work, but there
are ceitainly those in this city who have
given the matter such study and have had
such experience as will enable them to carry
it on successfully. If this is done aud the
oliildren for whose benefit it is intended
take lnstiuction In it I will be prepared to
organize a class in vocal culture nnd singing
next j ear, which will be conducted along
the same lines as aro laid down for my
Thursday nUht class, of which I nave al
It seems to me that from theso different
methods a grand chorus ount to be de
veloped, numbeung 500 or 630 voices, which,
in twoor three years, would not only be
available for the Sunday concerts.bnt lor all
great musical festivals and celebrations
where an immense concouise of singers is
If this plan meets with support I nm pre
piied to pledge my active assistance in
cairying It on and trying to bnild up a great
musical organization on the one hand and a
great musical audience on the other.
The Knrl Merz Musical Library.
Still another local announcement of excep
tional importance is to ne made to-day. On
Friday, January 13, Mr. Boverldgo Webster
is to give a lecture before the Academy or
Science and Art, with the especial object of
explaining the significance or tho Kail Merz
Musical Library in our musical lite, descrlb
inir its contents, etc.
And by that date there will be added to
the library a valuable collection of musical
books about 200 to 225 volumes donated
by Mr. Charles C. Molior to tho
Carnegie Free Library, nnd to bo
held for tho present in the custody of tlio
Academy or Sciencs and Art, Just as the
Merz Library is held. There is a possibility
that another considerable addition may bo
made at the same time and a thii d collection
of the utmost value is likely to be added at
no distant date.
Mr. Melloi's donation includes such rare
and valuable works as Thomas Morley's "A
Plalne nnd Easle Introduction to Prnotlcale
Musicke," published In 1597, tho first En
glish tieatisb on music; ten volumes of
Charles Bumey's v.uious woiks, nearly,
if not quito. all that the great
musical historian has left us: tho
indispensablo musical histories or
Sir John Hawkins, Fetis nnd Padre Martini,
original editions ol Handel's onnms unit
pasticcios, and a varied assortment or gen
eral musical literature. It is a collection of
genuine importance and value, adding
largely to the usefulness of the library.
It is also expected to have the entire
library exhaustively catalogued on the
modem caid system and fn other
ways made more convenient and acces
sible. Vaiious causes have made It
impossible lor the Academy, since the
books were turned over to it by the pur
chasing trustees, to provide lor its ready
use as well as should bo done. It is now
proposed to leave no stono unturned to
make, this increasing library. In its tempor
ary quartets as It surely will be in tue Car
negie building for all the futnre, a sUnal
leature of Pittsbuig's musical 11 e.
This is indeed good news!
Two Holiday Concerts.
Mr. Ovide Musiu nnd his concert company
will be strong holiday attractions at Old
City Hall to-morrow alternoon and evening.
Mr. Musin, as Pittsburgers woll know,
ranfcs high among the world's violin
ists and has achieved striking suc
cess In nearly every Quarter of the
globe. Be will be assisted by
Mrs. Anna Loniae Tanner-Matin. Miss Inez
Parmater, Mr. Eilonard Scharr (ail well re
membered here) nnd Mr. Pier Delasco, a
well-known operutio bass. The engagement
Js-underthe management or Mr. u. E. Kep
ple, who has every reason to anticipate sac
cess for his enterprise. C W. S.
MERBY HOLIDAY VISITORS.
Miss Jennie Lentz, or St. Louis, is visiting
Mrs M. B. Lassrr, of Bluff street.
A. L. Power, Esq, or Conneantville, is vis
iting his son, Mr. Frank Power, ot Braddock.
Miss Lncy Mason Parker, of Washington,
D. C is the guest of Miss Ford, or 1(5 Xorth
The Misses May nnd Blanche Reynolds, of
Braddnck, are to spend tho holidays with
their parents at Latrobe.
Mr. H. Allen Mnchesney, or Allegheny, has
returned tor a re weeks' vacation lrom his
law studies ut Yale university.
Miss Mary Matlaok and daughter. Miss
Mangle, of Vest Braddock, lett csterday to
spend two weeks m New York.
Miss Estella Oxley, ot Sheffield street, Al
legheny, has returned from the Indiana
Stutc Normal School to spend the holidays.
Miss E. M. Crosby, Assistant Secretary of
the Wheeling Gis Company, left yester
day to spend Christmas with her parents in
Mr. F. Thomson, chief of the mechanical
engineers of tho Carnegie plant at Brad
dock, lert yesterday ror a trip to Philadel
phia and other Eastern cities.
Mr. A. C. Dinkey, of Braddock, Superin
tendent or the electrical depaitnient at the
Homestead Steel Works, liiis retuiLed from
a lengthy tour o. Eastern cities.
Miss Alberta Lare, of AHejhenr. who his
been visiting her cousin. Mis. 'Daniel W.
Lawler, of St. Paul, Minn., during this
month, returned home last Friday.
Mr. A. E. Benitz, of West Braddock, left
yesterday lor Ithaca, N. Y.t to spend the
holidays with his family. Mr. Will Benitz
and Miss Estcllo are attending school
Mr. P. J. Saulson and brother, of Kew
York, and Mis. Feitler, of Cincinnati, are
the guests of Mr. and Mr". S iller, 170 Locust
street, Allegheny. Mrs. Feitler will receive
on New Year's Day.
Thomas J. Louis, Esq , and Miss Louis, of
Biaddock, lett Monday to spend the winter
with their daughter, Mrs. Lulu Bockwell,
wife of a n calthy cattle owner, und their
son, Frank E., a rormer well-known news
paper mm heie, at Omaha.
The following young people of Braddock
have leturned uoin school for the holiduvs:
Mr. Robert Russell, fiom Sislciinlnetas
Lolloge; Mesr. J. Hasson Carllre and
Charles Rinard, from Washington-Jefferson:
Miss Camilla Hawthorne, from Indiana
State Normal; Messrs. Harry Harrop and
John Packer, from Meadville Polytechnic,
and Messrs Harry James and Kirk Ander
son, rrom Kiskiminetas College.
Mr. John O. Jones and Miss Annie L.
Morgan, or Copeland, were united in mat
rimony on Tuesday evening, at S o'clock, at
the bride's home, by Bev. J. F. Brown, ot
the First Christian Chuich, of Braddock.
The couple left on a honeymoon trip to
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.
When they leturu they will live in a hand
some new home at Copeland, just built by
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram W. French, of Belle
vue, and Mr. William Flaccus, ot Pittsburg,
start next Tuesday evening lor New York.
Theyiniend to sail next Saturday on ihe
North German Lloyd steamer Fulda for
Genoa, whero they will be met by Mrs. Flac
cus and then make a tour of Italy. Mr. and
Mrs. French will spend the winter in South
ern Italy and return In the soring via Paris,
London and Southampton, while Mr. and
Mrs. Flaccus go via Venice and Munich to
Cassell, Germany, to visit their children
who are at school there. Mr. Flaccus ex
pects to be back by March L
A LIST OF THE DEAD.
The Kamrs of the Homestead Poisoned
Victims Being Collected.
The attorneys for the Carnegie Company
are now preparing a list of the persons who
have died from poison received at Home
stead. The list is growing each day. At
torney Breck said yesterday he was receiv
ing reports from all directions of people
who had died from that cause.
Thomas J. Crawford, the last Chairman
of the Homestead Advisory Board, does
not think there is anything in the poison
charge. Ho says the water is bad and the
new men drank freely of it and many
died. Mr. Crawford now thinks the com
pany has started the poison story to save
them from damage suits.
Highwaymen on Mt. Washington.
Samuel Stern, of 3D. Washington, was
attacked by highwaymen Friday night. He
resisted them and an officer coming
along placed the men under arrest. They
gave the names of William Williamson and
John Mc Guire, These are supposed to be
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