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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 19, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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i Art is looking up -in Chicago.
Over in Orchestra hall last night
the Chicago Symphony orchestra
played "The Irish Washer Woman"
as arranged for orchestration by Leo
-Never before in Chicago have so
many fiddles and horns all joined to
gether in playing the famous Irish
It was the roughest stuff they have
,so far dared to come across with in
Orchestra hall. '
And even though many high art
people say it was real high art, the
playing of the "Irish Washer Wom
an" had a punch to it and a tickle.
There's not a teamster or a dock
walloper or a hotel porter or any red
blooded worker in Chicago but
would have enjoyed it
How comes this? Are they quit
ting DeBussy and Wagner and
Bach over in the high palace ot mu
sic on Mich boul.?
Oh, not. Not a tall.
A red-headed Chicago boy named
Sowerby only 22 yeare old is
writing music just like he wants to
write it Ever since he was knee
high he has enjoyed the punch and
the tickle, of "The Irish Washer
So he says to himself, says he: "I
don't care what's music and what
ain't, but I. do like the punch and the
tickle of this jig and I'm going to fix
it up for an orchestra tb play it"
And last night when a lot of Sow
erby's friends were giving hifn his
first big kick-off into a careers-trying
to shove the boy into the Temple
of Fame he insists that "The Irish
Washer Woman" must go into the
It was a mixed audience that lis
tened. Among patronesses were
Mrs. Og Armour, Mrs. Cyrus Hall
McCormick, Mrs. Arthur AldiB. Also
there were anarchists from The Lit
tle Review. And there was a squad
of newspaper women headed by Fan
ny Butcher and Susan Wilbur.
"Why shouldnt we have a music
based on pieces like 'The Irish
Washer Woman'?" said Mrs. Aldis.
"Take Liszt's Hungarian rhapsodies,
and what are they kbut the joy
songs of the Hungarian working
people and gypsies? I believe much
of the 'art of the future will be con
structed on folk songs."
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Washington, Jan. 19. Name of
second woman of mystery may be
dragged into house note leak com
mittee hearings. Mrs. Ruth Thom
ason VIsconti, first mystery woman,
is slated to be witness before prob
ers Monday. . At that time, with
Sherman L. Whipple, noted Boston
attorney as counsel, the committee
intends to go to the bottom of her
reported story naming a newspaper
man, and Sec'y Tumulty.
Instripping the mystery from this
woman, it is likely the committee
will inv.estigate her relations with a
second swoman even more mysteri
ous than the first
- Next week the committee plans to
have biggest of nation's financiers
as witnesses.
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San Francisco, Jan. 19. Char
acterizing it as a "gallery play," de
signed to prejudice public mind,
Bourke Cockran, chief counsel for
defense in Thos. Mooney murder
trial, today denied charge brought
by prosecution iq its opening state
ment that Mooney, Mis$ Eleanor
Fitzgerald, Alexander Berkman, Ed
ward Nlan and others with a con
spiracy to assassinate Pres. Wilson
and overthrow the government.
New York. Liberty Nat'l bank
earned 80.6 per cent on capital stock
of $1,000,000 last year. Record for
New York banks, at least - ,
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