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JVEET) ST'REJVGTH FO*R OUGAJ* BodiSy Stamina Necessary for Success, Says Dr. Gerrit Smith — V Interest in Sports Advocated. ' Preparation' for or?an work Is very much like that required for any other difficult task, says Dr. C?-?rrit Smith, in "The Etude." In' this connection the words of a woman ffraut an adept* at packing- a ; trunk must . have ■been full of truth, when she remarked that packtnsr was? a science which had for its founda tion a'nuttibor of other sciences. j Furthermore t.to follow out this analogy), as 'it woald be .liifficult to pack . a trunk, having: nor.- at hand, so would it be quite futile for the I student n^t possessing: constitutional talent to ■ attempt to become an organist, since this is the firM nee<led element for success in him who has '.wisely chosen hi* calling. And by this is also mount the warmth and vigor imparted to a piati's ideas through superior bodily, stamina. | 'Intellect in a weak body is like gold in a spent swimmer's pocket." Of what use is it that your mind has become a vast granary of knowledge, If you have not strength to turn the> key? It is told of Cicero that he became at one period <^f his lif* a sufferer from dyspepsia. The orator hastened not to the physicians, but to Crre-»ce. where he flung himself into the gym nasium for two entire years, and then returned to Che struggles of the Forum, sound and vigor ous fijid he remained a dyspeptic he might Stilt have written hla beautiful esscys on old ftge :iud friendship, but he never would have pulverized Catiline or blasted Anthony with his lightnings. To the strong hand and strong head, the Capacious lungs and vigorous frame, fall, and always will fall, the heavy burdens, and where the heavy burdens fall the great prizes fall, too. In this particular branch of the musical profes sion we need strong muscles and a cast iron backbone, flexible joints, two legs and several pairs of hands. It has been proved that two legs are not indispensable, since it is only in the recent evolution of the species that organists liave had more than one lee. Samuel P. Warren was once asked by an earnest thinker as -to whether ii were better for an organist to have a long body and short legs or vice versa. He replied that he thought ft n ide no great difference, provided one leg was not !«Kiger than the other. We all know, how.- Cv r, that in this profession, even as in others, .One leg occasionally gets pulled a trifle. > ADVOCATES INTEREST IN SPORTS. C I advocate then most strongly for the organist «n Interest In all sports which are not likely to cripple his facility. Such are skating, dancing, gswimming, rowing, riding, golf. The first two of these are wonderful helps toward strengthening the important ankle joint, and giving grace and dexterity to pedalling. The second two are excellent for the legs, shoulders, back and forearm; the last teaches one judg ment, patience, skill and courtesy, and keeps him muscle free all his life. Tit • strain which organ practice (and there chouM not be too much of the latter) Imposes Upon th^ arpinal nerves and cord is not always pro|»-t!y understood or appreciated, but it Is Dot unlikely that sooner or later the attendant evil reßUlts of extending* the arms in an un- Hatur.ii position will be seriously felt. Liet then the man who is stripping for this race of life account no time or money as wasted that contributes in any way to his physical health, that gives .tune to the stomach or de velopment to the muscles. It is the pace of this age that kills, and we need all the "healthy animalism" that can be obtained to fit us for thf struggle. "He who lacks this physical abil ity may live a useful and reputable life— may even become a first -rate second-rate man, but he must not think to command." It would be worth while to speak at some length on the value of mental and moral equip ment, but it is impossible in this short space. We all differ in tastes and sentiment, but the Tast storehouse of knowledge is open to all, and the key of this is reading and study. By this Is meant not only the acquirement of knowl edge, n* hieh bears directly upor our professional duti-^H. but the added strength of accumulated prisdwn in all departments of life. A chain of one or two links is not of much avail: and nc chain is stronger than its weakest link Well for us if we have a mental and tnora'i 'Ciuipment which *e£B also sentiment. The tanner will lend color r-ul Inspiration to our work and thoughts thp latter will restrain, yet jjtrf-rigthen and expand jur methods. Napoleon thought -,var the sum of all arts. A groat musician though.' tbe value of the "Seven Yeats' War" lay in the opportunity it gave for Improving wind instruments. Neither of these opinions represents breadth of view. The arts of painting and sculpture and their kindred are the expression of the outer sur roandings of man. and music is the expression of what is within him; consequently the former began with imitation and the latter with direct expression." MUST BE SOMETHING TO EXPRESS. ' There can, however, be no direct expression unless there be something to express. To ex press anything- properly we must have sym pathy. Sympathy is an important factor in life. Human creatures vary in the character .and amount of their sympathetic impulses. Most person)? have special lines and subjects which NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. BATUBDAT, SEPTEMBER 5. 1008. excite their syiiipatht-tio instincts. Of ail typ<« of humanity those who arc possessed with artistic dispositions are notoriously most liaM< to an absorbing thirst for sympathy, which is sometimes interpreted by those v.ho ar- BJB4 artistic as a love of approbation or nuturi-t. 1 . : and though it does sometimes degenerate into that unhappy weakness, its source, at least, is not unworthy of respect. Learn to turn this love of sympathy outward, and it will come back a hundredfc-ld, and make itself felt in all our efforts. It has been truly said that the woll known, worn out topics of consolation and c-ncouragi ment are become trite because they are reason able. This makes them none the less valuable, especially when they bear upon their front the marks of experience. Furthermore, in addition to the physical, men tal and moral education, there is the immensely valuable practical education which, by uiui.y, is only learned too late to be applied to their own success. CHARACTER. By a practical preparation reference is made, not only to the acquirement of a sound, tech nical and mental education, but to the impor tance of gaining a worldly knowledge of men and affairs, through lack of which knowledge so many otherwise talented people have failed. "Never in the history of the world was com petition in every pursuit and calling so fierce as now; never did success in more than a mod erate degree demand for its attainment such a union of physical and intellectual' qualities — of alertness, activity, prudence, persistence, bold ness and decision — as at this end of the nine teenth century-" Carlyle truly says that "the race of life has become intense; the runners are treading upon each other's heels; woe be to him who stops to tie his shoestrings." This suffices to show that success is not an accident, although there are naturally excep tional ca.ses where men of mediocre attainments have made their way to the front. It is said that after all happiness consists in the means, not in the end; in acquisition, not in possession. In fact, we owe a large part of our happiness to our mistakes, since it 1^ through doing wrong that we learn how to do right. Success, after all, is only comparative. A man may be a successful lawyer, though he may fail of becoming chief justice. It is the power of patient labor which lifts a man, day by day. like an invisible, giant lever, until almost imperceptibly he has been raised above the heads of those who were wont to dis regard him. "What a man does is the real test of what a man is, and to speak of what great things one would accomplish if he had more activity of mind is to say how strong a man would be if he only had more strength." The strength of the weakest is not. however, to be despised; and the determination which often accompanies weakness is, as the maxim goes, in the ha'hds of a child compared with the flint lock in the hands of Hessian hire lings. ... "On one of those pleasant days when I was working in London and used to frequent St. Pauls, going now and then through quaint, old Paradise Alky, and into Ava Maria Lane, and thence into Amen Corner, and the court where Dr. Stainer then lived, I remem ber hearing some of the young choir boys of, say, eleven or twelve, playing on a small organ (which was kept for that purpose back of the chancel or sacristy), some of the Bach trios. I had just returned from Ger many and knew what difficulties were being ex pressed. And yet, it did not sound difficult. And Dr. Stainer said, in reply to my query, 'Oh, no. It is my custom to give them trios like this, be cause, if rightly considered, and preceded by proper exercises, they are really easy.' " METHOD OF OBTAINING DEFINITENESS. My eyes were opened. Never in all my stud ies had such an idea been vouchsafed to me. It has been the strong factor in all my work with pupils since that time. And with this suggestion I come to what may be termed the practical and the technical side of the subject. What I shall offer is merely a brief condensa tion of what may be regarded as an essential method of attaining facility and definiteness. Gibbon tells us truly that "every person has two educations— one which he receives from others, and one which he gives himself." I be liQve the latter is the better, though it comes hard. The earnest, thoughtful pupil is always a teacher to his master by forcing the latter to think out new ways aad ideas. But many a young pupil has not, at the time of his studies, reached a point in his career where he can de termine questions for himself. I believe that In years gone by many of us learned In spite of ourselves, and of our teach ers; but it all had to be learned over again later. Have I not played Bach. G minor fugue, or Guilmanfs "Grand Chcpur," in D, before I could play a reputable scale on either manuals or pedals— not to mention my utter Inability to do both at once, and the dwp distrust with which I should have regarded any one who - TEACHER. B. E. Biooiiti.m. Pny-iril Training. Pa.:niins. Water Cctor. etc. Highest referents. .M>W.AIDE3 H. HW.K/.KT .-. 3813 San»om at., Fhl!*a*lph!». Pa. Miss McClintock's School For Girls General and Coflfß* Preparatory Courses. Music, Art, Arts and Crafts. Domestic Science. Kealdent and Day Pupils. MISS maky I^.v m. I. I. STOCK, Principal, * Arlington St., Boston. - - SPRING LAKE. NEW JERSKY. "Calhoun-Chamberlain Home-School for Girls. Certia cates to College. Beautiful home. Healthful. dellgMful climate. Lares grounds. Number Ilm!te«». For r»taU>jro« address J. E. CALiruUN. TI.M Oftnl/ l«-J«-,«^H!xhera(Je endowed Horn* School The booK floadßfny, for l>y« and Olr!.«. j:u>o...«> per yr. AH courses, Music and business. AtMeUc Held. Mllltarj drill In winter. All Indoor and out-of-door sports. Bea-DtlTul surroundings healthful location. pure water, steam hejit and electric lights. A. 11. NORTON. Principal. Montour Falls, N. x. THE SEMINARY, Hollidiysburg, Pa. An Ideal school for your.? ladles. Chartered ISC6. Ilealth fill climate and delightful mountain scenery. .Beautiful home Intermediate, college preparatory, and ;-■-" »■-- : uate courses. Kates $200. Music and Art Specialties. >KND FOB AUTISTIC CATALOGUE. (Mrß.) CUAULOTTE COMSTO.'K GRAT. B. D.. a. M., President. MR. SARGENT'S TRAVEL SCHOOL FOR BOYS Kuropean and World Tours, in Alternate Tears. Sails Oct. 10th for eight months in Europe. EiTiCi-nt prepara tion for loll'-g*. -V . PORTER E. SARGENT, BOX 24. A.MBKIJH.K. MASS. A DVERTISEMENTB AND SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR XJL The Tribune received at their "mown Office. No. 1364 Broadway, between 36th and 37 tn •«.. until » o'clock p. m. Advertisements received at the following branch offices at regular office rates u=til 8 o'clock p. m.. viz.: ?64 8f» aye- a. c. cor. 23d St.: 153 6th «ye.. cor. 12th St.. 104 East 14th at.: 237 West 42a at., u;w«a 7th and Bth ayes. : 283 West 123 th at.: IOCS 3d aye.: might have suggested my playing them all to gether, in contrary motion? Now, the organ is a peculiar instrument. It Is, perhaps, not unlike a woman. Tou may play on its feeMngs. and apparently get fine results in a few months; or you may play for years, and you may play forever, without so much as getting any comprehension of its depth and beauty and infinite variety. Tears ago, as a freshman in college. I was one day pushed on to the organ bench (the organist, my chum, having met with an accident » and told to play. This was my first lesson, and on<* of the best I ever had. It taught me that when things had to be done they could be done. To be sure. I played the first half of the double chant for the last half of the "Venite." and my left foot was anchored so long (to keep my knees from shaking) in the sixteen-foot depth of the pedal v.ayes that it became cov ered with barnacles. Only this summer -I was playing that same chant in an Episcopal church, and broke i:p the congregation by playing it right, as it seems they were accustomed to using the first half to the odd verse: and. moreover, on that oc casion my pedals were not good, because I failed to let down that trap door through which the country organist descends into the infernal regions— namely, the "pedal check." Reminis cences, however, are more especially pleasing to those whom they concern. THE CHILD S FIRST STEP. Mission of the Kindergarten to the Home and School. The rush of business and social life of the great cities has made the kindergarten not only desirable in the early training of the child, but in many cases absolutely necessary. Rising to its mission, the kindergarten has taken a prominent place in the educational We of the country. Business keeps the father "down town" all day, and the social demands made on the mother take the time which in other days was given to the children. The life in crowded apartment houses and hotels, too, is not the best for young children, and parent? turn natur ally to the kindergartens. Public schools and colleges welcome the kin dergarten training. Educators point to its in fluence, from the receiving class to the elective courses and laboratory methods. Thus it per the second to the school and college. This is the kindergarten for those who can afford to pay tuition bills; the other kind is conducted by philanthropicaily inclined persons, and, in many places, as a part of the public school system for those who cannot pay. In the latter the teaching extends to the parents through mothers' meetings and even mothers' classes. The kindergarten is a German importation, but it thrives best in democratic coiL It has been called "the free republic of childhood." The child is assisted to rise from the self-cen tred product of the present d~y nursery by de vious and pleasant ways to a truer selfhood, which becomes self-forgetful in the service of others. EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS IN URUGUAY. The British Consul in Uruguay says that ISO night schools for adults have been established in Montevideo and other parts of the republic. A lyceum or school of secondary education has also been started in each of the seventeen departmental capitals. The teaching staff consists of one di rector, at $115 gold a month, and three teachers, at $85 each. The educational . work of Uruguay Is under the direction of the Minister of Industries and Public Instruction at Montevideo. PRATT INSTITUTE BROOKLYN N. T. DEPABTMKNTS OF FIXE \>n \rtT.js;r> A*T» DOMESTIC ARTS. DOStESTIO trips "• SCISXra AND TCCH^OIXKJT. ÜBB.IUV SCHOOL A.«n> Ki£ I>EICCAUTK>S. ' BAY CUSSES OPEN, SEPTEMBER 21 EVENING GLASSES OPEK, SEPTEMBER r 2I vnr.ur.Kic B. pk.vtt. See^arr*^ COLUMBIA ' GRAMMAR SCHOOL roc:NDEi> i:«. New Brick and Steel Absolutely KIKKPROOF i.-^- i..i»OK.\roitii:s. UHNA.HIIW *od mvcMi^ 93rd Street and Central Park Wast, Boy» prepared tor CotainMa. C»rn«n. EUrnM. Princeton. Tal«. Business. Prlmar* CUss«* Every Department In raai— of a trained pi mm I«sth Year Begins Baa*. S3. Headmasters at School After Sept IX 29TH YEAR OPENS OCTOBER I Berkeley Columbia SCHOOL (Coßa*lld»ted) IJTSTTTCTE i . "From Primary to Ctill'x*' Prepare* for ail Colleges and Technical Sehasaa Primary Department. Manual Training, optional tary Drill. Laboratory. Afternoon study hoar p-». " serrlng the best features of both schools. : .ist.-«tat i"tl».i>t'« fnt upon request. T2D STREET AND WEST rXD ATBCI , EDWIN FOWLER.) 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Ri'ht 'ocatlon. nnr bnlldta**. stron* faculty. b\gi sta^Srda. low rttw. attract best pODiij to Centenary CollesHate Institute Haekettstown, N. J. Address toe eataloga* mtuTHAJt M. M£EX£g. fh.o^ Pre*Hlga - _ Th<* Efxst Greenwich Academy East Greenwich. R. 1.. Toanded la 1302. CarISMBJ admUs to college. -General cow» Strong facn;t7 MM rumnasinm and dormitories. Basket ball, bowlior t «* tennis and all sports. Separate department for tour* x>»i Foundation permits the low rat* of $35* N>- -a^ogsa Address Charles Alford Stemhacse. M. A.. Prtsrisai Miss G. Mason's Suburban Schod For OIKTS. THE CASTI.IL TarrTtowa-^B-Had^a. S. X. Alt departments. College prenaratory. grvlaatlsg and special coarse*. For circular address Mi»» C K. MASON. IXJi.. Lock B«x 711 IRVING SCHOOL FOR BOYS Provide* thorough instruction. Gysiaishiin. Svts> mlnz pooL Fin© athletic field. ming pooi. g M ■!!■■■ ■ A. M.. K-admastts; Box Ml. Tajrytown-00-iiii-Jjun, N. I, mm* » I • c.^,_! FOB CIKLA Mor-tstowa,»l Miss Dana $ School Deusatmi n«w tot* ■&% Graduatlnz course. Music. Art. L^aruages. CertiScats admit* to leading colleges. Terras JSutt. Opens Sept Si For circular apply to MIS 3 LOUIaS 1- NKWJU, Prt* Worrail Hall Military Academy ~* g Ideal home boardln* school. Prepare* for CoUssa m Business Primary Department. Sanitary condition! perfect Illustrate! cata.lu«ue. Address rrlaeipaL *>^TESTCUKSTER ACADEMY, COLA£Gn PP.EPAft*. VY tory school tor boys. Wait* PUiaj, N. T. Best Retinal tor boys whose parents appreciate &divi4t»li«s» acd refined education. For particuUrs adiress tfee Pr*» eipai. mARRTTOWN-ON-HUD?OM. N. T. THE SSSBSI X MetealTs Bearding sjjd Day School tor Girls. (M l*ce preparation. physical cnlture. t>gnla. basket baa School Agencies. AMEKICA.X AM) FOREIGN TEACH A4UMI •applies Professors. Te»cl»*r», Tutors. Go»erne«sei. •«. to Colleges. Schools and Families. Ap;t7 to Mrs. U J TOCSG-rULTON. 7" Colon Saws* BROOKLTS STUDIOS. Many Teachers Find City of llama Attractive. Brooklyn, the city of homes and chnrcim has seen within the last tea year* a develop ment of its educational side which has b&reif kept pace with its growth in population. Wlul» Manhattan, with its numerous colleges, scbosll I musical and art studios, still attracts many IS* I dents from across the East River. cevertlielea there are thousands of pupils in th musical aad artistic branches who find there are great •* vantages offered by a studio or school near home. Thus, there has been a steady growths the number of excellent studios in the sister j borough. Many of the men and women hfch up in tl«8> branches have sought homes in Brooklyn, srf have found that the opportunities for a Ms> class clientele near their homes were fW* enough to warrant the establishment of 9<»ss> there. In nearly every case these have been *«* cessful. Any city of homes most '.;* a city children; children mean students, and stodfaf mean work for the studios.