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1 ST? ff MV VIOLIN
BY AXEL SKOVGAARD
Violins may not have the sentiments
and sensibilities attributed to them
by Imaginative musicians, but they
have histories, interesting and varied,
gay romances and dark tragedies ev
en as their warm friends among man
kind. A violin which is not only re
markable In itself, but with a remark
able story, is the one possessed by
Axel Skovgaard, the Danish violinist.
It is as bright and polished as if it
had left the hftfidg of its maker but
.yesterday, and l(im thj5 Instrument Is
nearly two hundred years old. In
spite of Its age it retains without a
flaw or a scratch the original varnish
as applied by the skillful hands of
Antonius Stradivarlus. Looking very
young and new, it is among the old
est violins In existence, as it is ono
of the most famous and costly. But
more remarkable than its age and
fine state of preservation is that the
first persons to play upon it was Mr.
Skovgaard himself, and as he is a
young man making no pretence at hav
ing attained perpetual youth, the Htory
is naturally a most unusual one.
To a chnnce meeting with a Ix>n.
don dealer in musical instruments Mr.
Skovgaard owes his good fortune in
obtaining bis rare Strad. This mini
had a lino collection of Italion violins
among them being masterpieces by
Amati, Stradivarlus. (luanerius Ber
gonzi and (iundagniu. They were real
antiques, cracked, scratched, scraped
and worn thru more or less rough
life for several centuries. Having re
veled in the wealth before him and
tried most of them. Mr. Skovgaard re
marked that it would have been a
pleasure to have seen such instru
ments when they were new, but such
pleasures were denied modern artists.
To the surprise of Mr. Skovgaard
his new friend replied in the nega
tive, and stepped to a fireproof vault
and came out with a big yellow leath
er case, which be opened and took out
an unstrung violin and handed it to
Apparently it was just from a
maker's shop, but plainly It was let
tered "Antonius Stradivarlus. Anno
"I could not believe my eyes," says
Mr. Skovgaard, "but stood as one in
a trance." As I stood there with the
handsomest of all violins in the world
In my bands, I was carried back as
if in a dream to the days of the great
violin makers. Its form was perfect,
color ideal and the varnish as tender
and living so tho it were a work from
the hands of Raphael or Corregio. And
this violin had in all these years nev
er heard its own voice, but. like n
wild rose hidden in the mountains,
had slept for two centuries. No hu
man being had ever coaxed forth its
voice, yet many people must in that
long time have gazed on its handsome
form. 1 fell as tho holding a holy relic
in my hands. A violin unplayed. two
bundled years old and yet looking
its tho it had come from the hand of
Strndivnrlus but .yesterday.
Such a violin I now hold in my
hands. In its virgin purity it had lain
and dreamed of its own song. How
could it tell "us of the c lear, blue Ital
ian sky and the genial sun which dried
Its varnish, the making of which is
now fl lost art, which no person, not
even the greatest of chemists, can re
veal. I felt myself unworthy to even
hold this wondrous work of a great
master, and then an overwhelming
desire to possess the magic Instru
ment came over tue.
My peace of mind was gone. I
could only lie and dream of it at
night, and during the day I envied the
collec tor who could not play a note,
and yet owned til! ' most splendid
violin. In my dreams I was to play on
it at a great concert, but it would not
obey the bow; yet sang all the time
on the deep (i string, "Save me from
the iron vault. I am as a bewitched
princess. Kill the evil wizard who
holds me and steal me away. I will
Sing for you all your life? thru and
make you the greatest artist in the
world. I am horn for you,-and you
for me. Plunge your dagger in Iiis
heart and go to the iron vault, which
will open of itself when you repeat
'open sesame" three times.''
When I awoke I wa.. bathed in per
spiration and fever was on me otn
morning till night. The violin wc ild
not go from my mind. It was mine,
for it. had itself said that it was born
for me, and 1 had but to take it. Daily
I sharpened my penknife till it could
cut hair In the air.
Yet think of cutting into the funny
old dealer, who had gone to such trou
ble to show me his violins, and had
so much enjoyed their delightful tones
Oh, how gladly would I have spared
his life and allowed him to keep his
whole collection with'my Quaragnlnl
in the bargain If I could but possess
the one in the iron chamber. No. be
must be put out of tho way?bill shall
I stab him?--1 so dislike blood?or
shall I choke him? I think it Is best
to stab anyway, for choking hau had
something awful for me since the time
that I as a lad had gotten chicken
bones croeswlBe in my throat.
At last one day I left the hotel
with my double sharpened penklife In
my pocket, to visit the dealer.
I wandered pensively thrue Regent
and Cockspur streets. On the left of
Trafalgar Square I had the National
Oallery. and on the right, some dis
tance away. I saw the hous?? of
Parliament and Westminster Abbey,
where Haydn lies burled. In the
Strand I came near being ran over,
but reached Ludgate Hill just as the
roaring train ru?hed over head. How
angry St. Paul's cathedral looked that
day. Did it know my deep secret?
Did it know that I went with a sharp
ened kuife Ii. my pocket? Intuitively
I reached after my knife. It was
there and I rushed down Cunnon
On London bridge I met several
wagons full of butchered cattle and
my courage rose at once. I gazed in
fascination at the bloody carcasses
of cow and sheep in order to accus
tom my eyes to the blood, and I felt
myself so strong that neither raw
ment nor blood sausage could affrlght
en me. Then I wandered on and plan
ned how I could cut Geep into the
funny old dealer. The awesome tow
er loomed up before me thru the fog.
Then came the thot?suppose I should
be discovered and thrown Into prison
for life before I could escape to Amer
ica with my eherished violin.
I braced myself and jumped on a
passing omnibus. Shame on you,
Axel. Here lies the best and hand
somest of all instruments and calls
you. Will you stand by and see It put
in the Iron chamber to remain anoth
er hundred years, perhaps, the one
who pomlses to be your companion
for life and help you to become a
great artist? No, and again, no. Down
with the dealer. Thus I mused as I
humped about on the top of the rat
tling omnibus, passed thru Ilorough
Mill and Hlackman streets and was
come in my bloody dreams thru New
ington causeway, when I was awak
ened by an unpoetlcnl voice crying,
I searched my hind pocket, my side
pockets on both shies, my three vest
pockets, but found nothing except the
Sharp penknife and a bitten pencil.
Also the coat pockets were empty, ev
en the great coat. I had forgotten to
supply myself with money, and mur
der without money is not to be ad
vised. As far as the omnibus was con
cerned. I was set oft at the Elephant
Now what can be done in a giant
city like London without money? With
money anything is possible, I said
to myself, and repeated the sentiment
two or throe times and was suddenly
startled by my own thots, Surely,
with money one can do anything, even
to buying new Stradivari!; I who have
plenty of money at the hotel and at
home In Denmark. It was a good idea,
and I was almost ashamed of myself
because I bail not dot of it before,
I decided that 1 would not cut the
dealer any more than was necessary,
for possibly he would consent to sell
me the violin when he learned that
Iiis life depended upon it.
Pondering over this new idea. I sat
down in one of the attractive chairs
in the square and sought to collect my
thots. First of all I asked myself
what is the v.luo of a first class
As is well known, St i adivarius fash
ioned his best instruments between
the years 1700 and 1720, while the
choicest wore mad" between 1700 and
171.".. Vlottl's violin is from 1701 and
is valued at $16,000. The violin own
ed by the virtuoso H. W. Ernst, but
now the property of Wilma Uoruda
Halle, cost Carles Hallo Slu.OnO. Frans
Pies had had one from ITH? which
cost $16,700. One in the possession
of Snrnsate is dated 1713 and is own
ed by the Spanish crown, which has
loaned It to Sarasate for life. This is
the one he usually plays Upon. The
other he owns himself and is from the
year 172 1 and Is a gift from Queen
Isabella of Spain. The value Is not
less than $22.000.
Joseph Joaquim has throe. The
most famous Is the one called "Pes
torgeige," which the master uses most
frequently. It is from 1711 and cost
$20,000. Another one from the same
year was given to Joachim by friends
in England, who paid $l?,000. The
third is played by Carl Hallr. It is
from the seventeenth century and has
a small but brilliant tone. Its value
I don't recall, but Joachim has loaned
it to Halir for an indefinite time.
(To ho continued ;
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O. G. THOMPSON'.
January 30, 1911?2 mo.
Clerk of Court's Sule.
State of South Carolina,
County of Laurens.
Pursuant to a decree of the court
of common pleas for said county and
state, in case of W. L. Gray vs. D. D.
Peden I will sell at public outcry to
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day in March, 1011, being the 6th day
of the month, at Laurens C. IL, during
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Gray Court known as lots Nos. 17, 18,
29, 30. 40 and 41 or survey and plat
of H. B. Humbert, January 10th, PJ07,
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S Laurens, South Carolina j5
The Books of the County Treasurer
will be opened for the collection of
State, County and Commutation Road
Taxes for fiscal year, 1910, at the
Treasurer's Office from October 15th,
to December 31st., 1910. After De
cember 31st.. one pei" cent, will be
added. After January 31st. two per
cent, will be added, and after Feb
ruary 28th., seven per cent, will be
added till the 15th of March, 1911.
when the books will oe closed.
All persons owning property in
more than one Township are request
ed to call for receipts in each of the
several Townships in wnich the prop
erty is located. This in Important, aa
additional cost and penalty may be
All able bodied male citizens be.
tween the ages of 21 and 60 years oC
age are liable to pay a poll tax of
$1.00 except old soldiers, who are ex
empt at 50 years or age. Commuta
tion Road Tax $1.00, in lieu of road
duty. Road Tax to be paid by the 1st
day of March, 1911. Other taxes to
be paid at the timo bb stated above.
The tax levy U as follows:
For State purposes.5% mills
For Constitutional School Tax 3 mills
For Ordinary County purposes 3 mills
For Interest on Railroad Bonds 1 mtU
For Roads and Bridge Bonds 3 mlllb
For Court House Bonds .. ..1 mill
Special Schools?L-urens Township.
Laurens No. 11.6 mills
Trinity Ridge No. 1.4 mills
Maddens No. 2.2 mills
Narnle No. 3.2 mills
Baileys No. 4.2 mills
MlUs No. 5.2 milLs
Oak Grove No. 6.2 mills
Special Schools?Youngs Townchlp.
Youngs No. 2.3 mills
No. 4.3 nilllK
No. 5.3 mills
Fountain Inn No. 3B.10 mills
Lanford No. 10.2% mills
Ora No. 12.2 mills
Special Schools?Dials Township
Green Pond No. 1.3 mills
Dials No. 2.3 mills
Shlloh No. 3.2 mills
Gray Court-Owings No. 5 .. ..2 mills
Barksdale No. 6.2 millp.
Dials Church No. 7.2 milks
Special Schools?Sullivan Township.
Princeton No. 1.3 mills
Poplar Springs No. 8 .. ..2 mills
No. 4.4 milts
No. 5.4 mills
Tumbling Shoals No. 6 .. ..2V& mlllt
, Brewerton No. 7.3 mill*
Sullivan Township R R Bonds 4 mills
Special Schools?Waterloo Township.
Waterloo No. 14.3 milid
Mt. Gallagher No. 1.3 mills
Bethlehem No. 2.2 mills
Ekom No. 3.2 mil It
No. 4.2 mills
No. 5.3 mills
Mt. Pleasant No. 6.2 mills
Mt. Olive No. 7.4 millo
Special Schools?Cross 11111 Township
Cross Hill No. 13.6 mills
Cross 11111 No. 1.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 2.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 4.2 mills
Cross Hill No. G.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 6.2 mills
Special Schools Hunter Township
Mountville No. ic.AVj. mills
Hunter No. 2.2 mill
Hunter No. 3.2 mill
Clinton No. r,.3 mills
Hunter No. 8.3 mills
Special Schools?Jacks Township
Jacks No. la.3 mill:
Special Schools. Scu file town Township
Scufflotown No. l.2 mills
Lanford No. 10.2Vi m?h
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Persons Bending in lists of names t<
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them early; and give the Township of
each, as the Treasurer Is very busy
during the month of December.
J. D. MOCK.
Oct. 7th.. 1010 ?tf.
Take notice thai on the 28th (lav of
February, I will render a final ac
count of my acts and doings as Ad
ministratrix or the estate of B. L
Metv.s . deceased, in the ollice of tin
Judge of Probate of Laurens county
al II o'clock, a. m., and on the bmw
day will apply for a Una] dlscharg
from my trusts as Administratrix.
Any person indebted to said est n
fire not I fled ami required to ntnko pay
monl on that date; and all person;
having claims against said estate wiiu
present, them on or before said dat-v
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Adinlnlsl rati Ix
January 2f>. 1911.?1 mo.
Take notice that on the 27th dav of
February, we will render a dual ac
count of our acts and doings as Ex
ecutors of the estate of .1. B. SwltZ W
deceased, in the office of the Judge oi
Probate of Laurens county, at 11 <>
dock, a. m., and on the same dav will
apply for a final discharge from out
trusts as Executors.
Any person indebted to said bstato
are notified and rccpirrcd to make pay
ment on that date; and all person
having claims agnlnst. said estate will
present them on or before said date
duly proven or be forever barred.
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January >',, 1011.?1 mo.
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