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Celebration of the Society's Twenty-Kith
Vliitlog8lo{ioe SoclottoM Wolcomml
try the Major and the Audlenco
Hoar Eloquent AddreMe* bjr Metux
Pollack, Campbell and Ullcrt?A
Memorable Occasion.
The celebration yesterday of the
twenty-tilth annivoriary of the organization
of tbo Beethoven Sinjrinir Society
waa a floe success, and the addrcasea
wore especially croditablo to the occa ion.
Tho celebration and feat on the
Stato Fair grounds waa preceded by a
parade, in which tbe Beethoven,
Druids' Maonnorchor and HarmonioMaonnorchor,
of Allegheny, tho Bloom*
field Liodortafel, of I'ittaburgh, tho
Maonnorchor, of Martin's Ferry, and
other locietioi took part, with Mooter's
* " - ?>-! ?.? i .1 -r til..
R., Dana ana uxo jjruius uauu, u> a.ioft
; gheny. ilonry #Ploch wu chiof mar half
with tho aidoi whoso natuos were
printed yosternay. Tho Eintracht society,
of Pittsburgh, did not arrivo until
|&- aftor tho parade.
The route already described was zono
|v over promptly. Tho procoaa'ion was of
I good size, and brilliant oppoarance, the
Hags and banners boing unusually nurnF
' eroui and aotno of them strikingly
i? . beautiful. Tho orators, city ollicinls
J and distinguished guests occupied tho
8r'.' carriagos.
Arrived at tho 8tato Fair grounds, a
roomy epoakora' stand was found in tho
sbado of the orchard. It was tastefully
I decked with tho national colors, and on
?.<. it were n portrait of Itoothoven, banners
and other decorationi. Conspicuous
J among theso was a beautiful parian bust
j of Beethoven on a fine pedestal of
black marble, afterwards given to tho
Hociety on behalf of tho ladies, and a
p; lyro surrounded by a wreath, a gift
from Mrs. ilartmnn. who also supplied
all the guests with ueat boutonniercs.
Tho mooting was dolayea somewhat
I to await tho arrival of tho Eintracht
IT aocioty. In tho meantimo Moister's
band outertained tho aisomblago with
I, music.
Of Mr. Pollack, Mayor Caldwell and Uir.
WilHum Ulfort.
When tho mooting was called to or*? V
dor, Moistor'a band played beautifully
'The Star-Spanglod Bantior," and thon
'V* tho chairman, Hon. Augustus Pollack,
(; formally oponod tho oxcrcicos. Ho
B- eaid:
Appropriate to an occasion liko this,
5 on which this asaotnblagu will bo favorwith
tli,i inLornHtiriL'nnd meritorious
? . hiatorv anil progress of iho Booihovon
i Society by the eminent orators of tlio
v;. day, I may bo permitted to divert your
? attention to the Gorman's lovn of liberty,
of country, of homo and mitdic. Toj
J day Gorman Americans oxtol in language
and music our institutions of
freedom and tbo dignity of Amorican
:citizonahip, almost unconscious of tho
> > eddies into which Amorican prosperity
* baa drifted.
They aro indobtod to tboir economic
pre-education in tho fatherland for
ttioir couaervatism, and to sontify-'
raont and idealism in their native charnctor
for the buoyancy which almost de?lies
adversity, and if tboso traits are
Dually absorbed by tho formation of
tho race charactor of tho American poov
:* pie tho responsibilities and intimacies
of donsor population and ;.ts affection
and devotion for the institutions of our
country will be moat happily conserved.
' Celebrating to-day tho indopendonco
of noarly sevonty millions of people, of
a nation still youthful, concluding a
century of stupendous dovolopment, in
possession of unsurpassed natural re
Hourcos and climate and the best government
over dovised by man, our
country has, after a period of uuparallelled
national prosperity, through over
oxortions of industrial aud Uuaucial onorgies
of tho past, a generMtiou'a frugality,
doaocration* and mutations of tho
economic system of tho present, yieldod
to a qullon ronrcsaiou of its normal activity.
If in viow of past acbiovemonts and
future possibility of our country, tho
gloomy lessons taught by tho prevailing
conditions are taken to heart by tho
^ people, then tho dawn of hotter days
=?* ?ill nrnnUim it hrnndnr nniriotic con
L coption ot American iastitutiona and
BE. Amorican citizenship. It must proBp
claim a higher respectability of public
men ami'a moro tranquil reciprocity of
B*' capital und labor aa the national sccuriU
ty of enduring prosperity, good govornluont
and peace, as it will also continue
to proclaim the beautiful starry 11a? of
our country tho symbol of liberty, juhtico
and honor, und the emblem of
|v rational civilization.
Iudobtod to your pationt attention,
pormit me the piouaure to exprcaa the
liopo that tho dawn of bottor days may
be aa oncouraging as the promised success
of thiu celebration?and tho honor,
ladiea and gentlotnon, to presout to you
tho chief magistrate of tho city of
, . Wheeling, who distinguishes this occasion
by hiti prosqnee and tho graces of (
municipal hospitality.
Mayor Cnldwoll was recoived with applause.
lie apoko as follows:
mil Chairman-, memiier* ok tup.
B?:utiiovkv Society ami our visitingUL'ESTS,
JtauouiH to be my duty und I assure
you it is to mo a pleasant duty to i;ivo
you a briof address.
Fourth of July, independence day,
tho day we celebrate, a day door "to
every American, whether nativo, or by
adoption?what can bo aaid on an occasion
lilt" this that has not already
been said? Who can add additional
glorioa to this day? Who can givo additional
luater to tho name) of the men
that gavo to ua the greatest atato paper
that lliu world has over aeon? Tho anB\vor
is, no one.
Thon what can wo Jo? Why, wo can
toll tho R a mo old, old story, that from
ttio Fourth day of July nevontoon hundred
and aovonty-six to tho prcaont
Fourth has boon tho thomo of speakers
in nil itio walka of life. At cvory school
house, 011 every lull top and in every
valley it has boon glorified and its
praises have boon sung. Tho music of
that tho old Contonnial Uoll sent out 011
that memorable day ono hundred and j
eighteen yoara ar*o hag kept up ita echo,
and you hear it coming ovor tho moun- |
tains, down tho vallflya and ovor tho
plains. Westward "hai takon its j
ilight, until it has reached every ham-1
Jut throughout our land; on it noon |
through tho mountain.", down tho groat 1
I'acilic alopoa, and still its ochooa are I
not chocked, but out over tho groat j
I'acilic its awcet aounda can bo hoard
floating around tho islands of Hawaii,
uud witu tli0^0 Hounds cau bo eeeu j
I ' '
old Glory, the fUn aad stripes. emblem
of oar strength, liberty and protection
f of bsmju ritfbta.
What could be more appropriate than
to tee these great organitations usembled
here, with the people, doing
honor to oar national holiday, and I
congratulate the Beethoven Society
upon having this day at their birthday.
It was certainly a happy thought and
will always lend strength to yoar anniversaries.
Speaking of Americans, whether native
born or Araoriesna by adoptioo,
| onr fathers, who gave ns the declara|
tion of independenco, and later the conj
stitutlon, which was tho out-grosrtn of
| tho declaration, in that greatest of all
I constitutions, were justly mindful of tho
people who had and who would cast
I their fortunes with us. and wo read that
! in tho first amendment to nor constitution,
congress was prohibited from
I interfering in any manner, with your
roligioasfaith. Mahotnmedan,Christian
and the Jew are equally protected in
I their faith, and can worship under
I their own vino and fig tree, and
no ono to make thorn afraid, for
| they aro undor tho protection of that
flag, and wo road it in tho very first articles
of tho constitution, showing that
I these groat men, who framed this great
papor, and through whose veins flowed
tho best blood of Kngland, wero not
unmindful of their obligation nod their
dutioi to
Honce thoy say that a poraon that has
reachod tho age of twontv-flvo yoars,
and boon a reiident of tho United Statos
Savon yoars, can bo u member of Con
gresa, and ho can bo a senator if ho has
been a resident nino yoara and has attained
tho ago of thirty years, and hi*
children aro eligiblo to occupy the
white honne.
The wildcat visions of our fathera,
who gave us this declaration, and tho
wildcat hopos oi tho framora of our constitution,
could not havo contomplatod ,
tfio inasniticont rosulta of their daring
and their patriotism. Well may wo all '
rejoice and bo glnd in roviowing our
country's history for tho last ono hundred
A bonefleont Providenco has atnileiT j
upon our ollorts in tho yoar* that have ,
pasaod. Clouds havo Homotirnoi overflhadowod
tho son of our peaco and ,
prosperity, but thoso havo boon but ,
momentary and havo soon rollod by, ,
and to-dav wo can point with pride to ,
our nrogrcsa an u nation as beioir un- ,
paralleled in the history of tho world.
Tho mayor snoko of tbo stimulus to |
tho beat clasa of immigration by Anjori- j
can liberty, and referred to the cosmopolitan
character of the pioneer popu- J
lation, of tho hardships and tho suffering ,
that was tho prico of froadom. Then, t
continuing, ho said:
"Wo who this day onjoy tho fruits of
our ancestor*' labors, know but ,
littlo of their Buffering. Now ;
thoy aro gono; thoy rent from tlioir (
labors, and thoir works do follow thom.
Look at our
which proclaiinod tho principlos ot lib* '
erty and human rights; in it thero was 1
tho matorial for a platform so broad j
that all tho nations of the world could |
concentrate for tho good of mankind, |
and strong enough to resist any human (
powers that could bo brought against, ,
iL ;
As I look over this audionco I see nil ,
nn/l nil A ninriiMl n*_ If PII tof 111 '
to their Creator, and owing nilegiuuce to ,
but ono ling, and that one our Star ,
Spangled lianuor. ,
And now, my friends, can wo do I091 (
than our (rroat country hn9 done for ,
over ono hundred yearn? Sbo ban sent ,
out invitations to ail nations to como, j
and they have come by tho thousand# !
ovory yoar. Sho has received them and ,
they have liked tho place ao well that (
they have come to stay. Can wo not do
the same with our visitors? Wo uro .
needing moro population, for that
moaus power, strength and wealth. ,
And now, to our visiting friends and
thoso sociotios that have mot with us to- j
day, to celobrato and porpetuato thoso ,
great ovonta, 011 behalf of tho city of ,
\V hooting, I oxtond to you a cordial
grooting. Accopttho froodom of our city,
and tho hospitalities that West Virgin- ,
ians know ho well how tooxtond,and this !
is especially true as to our GormanAmoricans.
Wo trust that if you do go
away, you will rotnoinbor this day with ,
ploasuro, and in tho futuro, when looking
for a plnco to have a good time, you
will Rive Whoeliog a favorablo consid
l'ho mayor's addross was grooted with
load and repeatod applause.
The Beothoven fcyinsinjr Society sang
an appropriate chorue, after which itev.
William Ulfort was preaeutod by Mr. (
Follack, who said:
"It is my (ioliehtfal privilege to prosont
a gentlotnan associated with tho
elevation of Gorman-American progress
and its bent influences, and as endeared
to tho community by theroGnod rationalism
of his mission as ho is distinguished
by inspiring oloquonce, who
will honor "this occasion by an address
in tho languaco of tho fntliorland. tho
country to which tho world is indobted
for tho'immortal Beothoven.
"Ladiea aud gontlomen, I havo tho
ploasnro to introduce Iter. William
Ulfort, of this city."
Mr. Ulfort was roccived with applauso.
ITo made an eloquent addross in (Jorman,
devoting some time to a skotch of
I the history of tho Beothoven society,
and roferouccsof aploasant charactor to
| its personol, wlion it was founded .a
quarter of a century ago, and now. JIo
was frequently interrupted by applause,
aud enthused his henrors with it is references
to tho Vntorland.as well as with
his patriotic roinnrka on Amorica, its
freedom and institutions, and the part
Germans had taken in making tho
.country what it is to-day.
Mr. Ulfert gave in his address a history
of tho origin and development of
tho Beothoven singing society, tho main
reason of its beginning being tho colebrntion
of tho Fourth of July, 1-SCi).
Aftor heavy and long strugglos it bocamo
a factor in tho German world of
this countrv, especially of this city, by
honoring tho Gorman song, German
custom and Gorman institutions, ononing
tho path to liberal thoughts and doings.
It participated in all tho sacngurfeats
siuco 1870nnd demonstrates undor
I what high obltgatious tho Gorman sing[
er ia in this country by koeping to tho
I Gorman song. It is a sacred duty of
culturo and civilization to fulfill, and
| tho Beothoven kopt its promise?. Jte
inemberH clung to their fatherland, but
I thoy tried to use German intolligonco
and industry, Gorman steadiness and
tenacity for the bondit of thoir now
home anil thoy succeeded. Twonty-fivo
years arc pu'*od, coiniuenced in iionor,
tlnishedin honor, and if tho star, whose
( litterins enlightened tlio path of the
socioty till to-day, will bo tlio cuido of
the futuro time," tlio members can colehrato
their tlftioth annivoraary with the
consciousness to havo lived not in vniu.
At the conclusion of his address Itov.
Mr. L'lfert conuratulatod tho coleh rati lis
society on its aniversary, wishing to
stand firm to tho Gorman sons:, to Gorman
ideas, to German institutions, re*
mcmborinc tho great, glorious fatherland,
in order to hecomo nromotors of
tho development of tho United states
and cold* to the troe welfare of oar be- i
loved country. With a hearty welcome <
to all na44i9 xod visitors bo coacludod i
hi* interesting address. <
On Germs* Hmlc amt Hi Influence on |
German iilitorf/
At the conclusion of Mr. Ulfert's ad- f
dress, Mr. Pollack, with soui- highly J
complimentary romarks, introduced ,
Mr. A. W. Campbell, who was heartily ]
greoted by the audionco. Mr. Camp* i
bell made a fino address, which was J
keenly appreciated. It ia printed below ,
in fall: ?
Next tn the sense of obligation under <
which I foal to my Beethoven society
frionds who have made iue on., of their
guest* on this occasion, comus some- o
thing liko a sense of surprise at finding i
myself on their platform as one of the 1
e pea ken of the day. 1 realize that by a
virtue of this position 1 am expected i
not only to say something about tbu s
groat master of music for whom thin u
society is named, and whom it ia the *
programme boro to-day to specially 1
honor, but, further, to add something v
from my observations nnd readings and f
goneral experience in regard to the a
groat theme for which his name is a o
synonym not only in his nativo land t
but throughout tho world. fl
It seemed to me whon I roccivcd this t
invitation to be present horu iu this >
capacity as 11 aomo misuute unu oitu ?
made; as if loinc onu hotter attuned by n
nature and bolter lilted by education ?J
and practice, (as all this ocea- *
lion ropresent*) would havo boon the C
proper and indeod the ouly appropriate t
sort of person to occupy my position t
here to-day. a
On former occasioua, wheu honored a
by tho Germans of Wheoiing to appear <1
oil their platform? in the role of a ?
Bpeaker. I had,comparatively apcaking, y
no aonao of embarrassment in accepting i
tho invitation, and undertaking to assiinllato
myself with tho eapoeia] ob- C
jects of the occasion, whatever they v
might be, because there was nothing ^
technical or professional to be dibcutsed, ?
but simply plain matters relating to tlie *
proeent or past of their history, kucIi 3
as were open to ail the world and uu- i
lerstood by all nations, and in all t
languages, lint now 1 must confess 1 '
Teel a littlo as I did two years ago in r
Liorinnny. i then cast about to see if I
thoro was any way to learn tho Gorman 1
language in six easy lessons. 1 hud ?
road somewhere that thoro was, and 1 u
was anxious to got hold of that sort of t
liook. iiut I soon found that nil such a
book* were what a Gorman would ex- r
preaaively designate as "one grand *
liumbug," and that thoro was no short J
and easy way to learn tho language, e
axcept, possibly, to take it in with a i
littlo music and' n little beer. <J
And so, my friends, when I received "
your invitntlou to appoar hero to-day as "
duo of your speakers, and began to re- v
llect upon what tho acceptance xnight s
imply, and that 1 might possibly be ox- v
peeled to iknow at least a* much about v
music as the average congressional ora- i>
tor knows about the tarilU which, I 1
need not say, is next to nothing, 1 con- r
fos8 that 1 lelt once more liko casting f'
nbout lor a book or a teacher that would s
te41 mo all about music and saenser- r
iosts in a very few eusv lessons. Hut r
[as I rellactod to myself on this einbar- t
rasaing aubject) supposing even that I ?
could lind such a teacher, might he not, r
liter examining my spocial case, dis- t
miss mo with tho discouraging remark ?
unco mado by tho witty man of Dublin I
to the serious mau ot' Glusgow, upon t
tho subject of jokus, which was that be- 1'
foro a joko can bo proporly and thor- I
.mshly got into the mind of a Scotch- t
man, a surgicnl operation must first bo "
performed upon his skull. 1 fear that I
this might have been the first preecrip- a
Lion in my case, as rogarda thoaubjoct s
Now I can concoive tbnt a man or n t
ivoinnu born apou tho banks of tlio ^
Uliitie, or on sonio of tho many nthor
jtrcams that softly flow through tin; ]j
various beautiful valloys of the* father- o
land (such as uro famous in German fi
jong and story) or ovon tboao born in h
tho wilder and poorer and eparaor por- t
tions of Germany (in the lioart of tho li
Black Forest if you please) might loarn ii
x groat doal about music and song in a q
very few oasy lessons, for they are so i;
much the natural ondowmontn of thoso /
who aro nativotoTeutonic soil; bo much c
of an iiiHtinct, aait wore, that tlioy tuke u
to it, one might truthfully say, as nat~ c
urally as to mother's inilk; or, as tlioy a
would say in Munich, as naturally an to r
tho foam of the ilof-bcau, which is u [
flguro of spcccli, I am sure, that ox- u
presses tho fdoa exactly to uvory truo o
son and daughter of Bavaria, if there v
aro any such present horo to-day; for c
uven beyond the famo of tho music that a
makes iho homes and gardons of tho 1
great art centra of South Germany ho i!
melodious nijlit and day with sweet s
sound*, ranks the faiuo and popularity n
of their llof-brau. t
1 Bay that it is conceivablo, after one c
has visited Germany and obsorved for i
himself how universal is tho apprecia- 1:
tion for musie among tho pooplo of all i
daises throughout all tho provinces of
that great empire, that it is a part of r
their inheritance from a music loving i
ancestry, for it scorns to ho true, as b
writers upon blood peculiarities tell us,
that the customs and habits of one v
generation become tho instincts of tho s
noxt. Thorefore, as compared with a s
less musical people, the German dooa a
indeed acquiro musical accomplish- \
inonts not only at an curly poriod of t
life, hut seemingly without serious in- i
tor/oreuco with his regular occupation, r
whatever it may bo. He ho mechanic i
or iiiurccnui, (iruiu-jaiuiuii mnu ui ,
tradesman, puasnnt or propriotor, Iio \
easily appreciates ami cultivates music, i
I romonibcr how astonished I once was c
to eou a Ciormati minister, quo high tip a
in tho diplomatic fiorvico of tlio empire, t
load Uia khobIs t'roin the dining room to f
tho parlor and entertain them ut tho r
piano with a dc?;reo of ekill that soetnod i
romarkablo for one ot his vary practical n
hoarinsand manner of lifo. lint ono p
does not need to remain lone " tier- i
many or to hso a great deal of it* people r
beforo realizing that what I havo al- t
ready roforrc'l to id true, namely, that:; t
pen*o of music is, us it were, born into f
the lifo of that land. t
J list how far buck in Gorman history i
this physiological or pyscliolosical pe- i
culiarity of tho poople, which evor it is,
extends, is more than I havo been nhlo j
to ascertain with historical exactness, r
but it Koos many centuries back. That 1
much iH certain. 1 Imve read that the ?
two words sauon and aingon had onco i
substantially tho same meaning in (ior* i
many. To apeak was to sine ami to '
sine wan to speak. In other words eon- f
vorsation was onco carriod on in a sine- \
insr touo. Whatever tho fact may bo it ?
?ii.. . a... .i.? ,
1.1 limiuncilll^ 11 I1U UlUU UIU luuaiv.ii ? ?Ktincfc
wns abroad in liormnny beforo
tlio rnitlor development* of mu*ic as a
scionco becatnu Konernl. Thero wua
t:i uaio iit thcold itorman cafltlosalonstho
Kliino nnd thoJJnnubo mid tlioir tribntario.i
in the days whon tlio "Kobbor liftrone"
terrorized tlio land nnd pnupori/.od
tlio pooplo. .Such history howovor
ns thero is of nong in tlio liomca of tlio
poflAnntry in the days of tho dark and
iniddlo aj:o9 in contained in what in
known as tlio ic^ondfl of tlio Volkilicd.
Tho Volksloidor wan a wonderful uncollected
inndHof popular oonu'B that pnisod
from ouu gcuoratiou to uuother, begin
iia* perhaps as far back as the eighth
jentury, sod thai lived Oct la manu*
fcript, and of coarse not in print, but
>0 tbe lips and in tho mefijories of tbs
>eople, just as the folk-lore stories and
laperstitions of all European peoples
iave beeo kept alive for centuries in tbo
lame way.
Tho breaking out of tho Crusades
rave a wonderful impetus to song iu
/ermany, as it did also to it in ail tho
Christian nations that participated in
hat movement for the rescno of the
Holy bepulehre: a movement the like of
rhich was never soon before and iu all
>robability novcr will be again; one
hat tired the imaginations and real of
non, women and children, as no other
iveut of history ever did. In tbo time
f the Cruaodsra there rose tho Troubalours
in franco and tbe Minnesingers
n Germany. They gang of the Crusades
md the Crusaders?of tho kings and
ricces and uoblo knights who went to
'alestine to rescue the tomb of Christ
md the holy city of Jerosalein from tl.o
xiirlnt fnlinmr* of MofiaOied. TilftV
ang also of the many royal and noble
.nd lovely woiuen who wore the
rives, mother*, sis tor j and sweetlenrts,
of theio romantic warrior*, and
rho had accompanied them to tlio
oint of embarkation on the Adriatic
ca, and had made them lilkeu banners
if tho Cross, and had uuitod thoir
riossings with thoso of tho bishops and
ibboti on their sacred mission, and
hen had remained behind to recruit
et othor warriors for tho sacred cause,
,nd to give the world immortal eximplos
of real, and of conotancv and
levotion to tho absent ones. Thoso
roro tho times of the Minnesingers of
termany.of tho Troubadours in France,
ho 1'r ova tori in Italy, the bards and
larpers in tho British Isles, and the
infers of all nations in tho eleventh
nd twelfth centurio*. It was a wonlerful
ora in tho history of tho world,
nd to it wo may trace the lirst great
:rowth and spread of song accompanied
>y rudo instrumental music.
After the orn of tho Minnoslngorfl in
iormanj came that of tho moro adaucod
and cultured Mcistiwingors.
foil have all hoard of tho Richard VY'ngter'd
Moistersincor of Nuremberg. It
ras thoro tho humble yet the grout
Jeistorsinger of the period lives. There ,
s perhaps not a more interesting chaper
in tho wholo history of song m Gor- ,
nnuy tiinn uini ono which ruvums ? ??
iso of tlio Moistorsinzera, Tlmy appeared
on tho scono just as light was
ireafcing evorywhoro on tlio Kuropoau
uind, and just as tho iuflueneo of tlio
uiddle class in Germany was beginning
u assert itself against tho heretofore
ccopted idea that tbo little feuduliatic
lotentates of that misgoverned latfd" "
ruro o(l-Bhootfl of divinity, and had n
livino right to tho lifo and services and <
anting* of tho pooplo. And just liore
may roinarlc that tho singing societies ,
f Germany havo gone rally, and in ,
tiodern times especially, boon under
aoro or loss suspicion as tho adunco
guard of liberal idoas. I proumo
thoro are pooplo hero prosont
/ho are nioro or loss familiar !
pith tho history of tho Liedortafel Sinirue
Societies of tho troublosomo days of
i>48, and can romoiubor how their as?ir:ifioiiH
for German unity, as breathed
orth, rather than expronsod, in thoir
ongs, woro road betweon tho linos and
egarded with L'reat aversion by tho
lOtty rulors of tho then potty etatos of
liootnpire. Tho history of tho flinging
oeieties of that disturbed poriod in
nodorn Germany in an important chaper
in hor general history. Tho Moistorinzers
ol tho Fourteenth century
liayod their part iti nwakouing aspiraious
in tho Gorman mind for a highor
ifo, for more consideration as human
loiogs, and tho modern sociotios havo
o Homo extent continued this mission.
'Lot mo writo the songs of a nation and
care not who makes thoir laws." said
notod writor.and certainly tho singing
ocietios of Germany havo played a part
a educating the-pooplo of that country
o inoro rational idoas as to tho true
laturo of governmont.
Thoro aro throe fcaluros of Gorman
ifo that nro apt to impress themaelvos
n a sojourner in that country. Tlio
irst is that it is a land of peaceful yet
iard and unremitting toil; tho next is
hat it is a military land, and as such
itrgoly given over to what is callod.miltnriim,
and tho third is that it is a laud
f music, ot song, of flowers and of dancng.
This is, from tho standpoint of an
imorican observer, a rather strango
ombination. If wo could soo thoso feut;ros
ono at a time, instead of in daily
ombination, we would any that thoy ar'o
t varianco with oach other almost to tho
(ointof radical inconsistency. How.for
nstanco, can acriculturo, eommerconnd
aanufacturos lioariah under tho upliftd
iron hand of constantly impending
rar, with all its ruthloitt conscriptions
if tlio young manhood of tho land, mid
II its grinding oxactions upon middlo
ifo and old ago? And yet tho two do
lourisit together in Gormany. But
trangor still, porhaps, to some people,
? tho third feature of thoir livo9, viz:
ho existence, and not onlv tho oxist
? ?> ^i..
ni'C, UUV UIU UUit "I rui |IIUI?I?I.VU ?.
nusic ami song anil ilowor* and daucing,
mml in baud, us it wore, with all this
uilitniism nud all this toil.
Americans are very apt to nsgociato
nusic and Bopj: and llowers and dunenu
with eiluiniuancy. Wo think of tho
o-enlled Latin nations, such us Italy,
ip&iu, 1'ortuunl nnd Mexico, and tho
trholo brood or Spanish-American
tatos, and of their lovo of music and
ong and dancing, nnd wo Hay that thoy
>ro cllbmiiuto and decadent. Now,
rhntover may bo true of thoao couuries,
thoro nro no decadent accompani*
nents to music and song aud other
ocroationi and amusement* iu (JoriKiny.
For tho prosent at least sho cau
cat on hor rocord in the Frntico*Gurmnn
var as au abundant refutation of that
don. Sho can furthor rest quite Becuroly
m her economic condition as an mnplo
iuaranteo against decadanco in tho fuuro.
Thoro iu too much toil in tho
iolds and in tho whop", and too much
'tigged disciplino ill tho camps to pcrnit
physical dogonomcy, and as long
is education iu tho schools is compul*
ory and universal no mental deelino is
11 "tho least dogroo likolv. Ileneo wo
tre bound to regard Germany's lovo for
niisie and song and (lowers as simply
he accessories of a natural and heulth
ul lifo, hor uloa Uointr that u mono aro
lot intermingled with the hard and
tern realities of existence then indeed
a life simply an intolerable grind.
b'lnco I recoivcd thin invitation to lio
iresont at this eolebration 1 have boiomo
somowhat interested in tlio lifo of
lim who is, ho to hpeak, your patron
mint, tlio great lioethovon, who is to
imsic, as has boon said by high authorty,
what bhakeapearo if to litorntwe.
Litis is certainly an exalted position
or any human beintr to occupy, and
rhou we onumorate the inspiring array
if ureat nainea that liko brilliants of the
irat water enrich the musical diadem of
ierinania, it is indeed a great doal to
ay, for there aro many great masters
vlioao namoH inupicnl associations aro
>roitd to bear. Possibly tlio great af.
liction of deafnoss tnat fell upon this
nout romarkable man early in Mid
career, and that shut out the
loundu of the exquisite syinpholies
and harmonic* that ho could
lear only in tlm depths of bin ?onl
K-lience lio evolved them, umy have
joontho blessing in disguiao tliaj made
lim iu the estimation of tlio world the
trand Moisteraingcr of (iermanv. His
jioerapber uupgoats tliia idea when ho
says that "that ap within himself hla
jrreat pool poured forth hymn after
hymti, mighty and profound, revealing
to aatonished mankind the immense
troubles, the aspiration#, the hope*, as
also the triumph! and slories of lore
and srmpatny." This is not tho time
nor place, nor am I tho person to enter
into any detail* as to what he accomplished'for
music. Someone Ins said
that while Mozart was the Raphael of
mnsic in Germany, Beethoven was it*
Michael Angolo. I have already quoti-d
the comparison to Shakespeare. To l>o
compared to two such men, transcend*
ant in thoir distinctive spheres, is a*t
that need he inscribed in Beethoven's
epitaph. Tho measure of his glory is
thereby rnado full and coniplote.
Whon ono goes back to tho history of
music and noun in Germany and other
countries and reads of the hutnblo efforts
that were made by humble meu of
patience and gonius to accomplish an
advance in tho art amid so much that
was crude and discourairini;, we realize
how fortunate was the lot of tho modern
masters, such as Beethoven, Mozart,
i r- !?? U.K.U MundelaaoUn. and all
tho Jong category of moderns, as compared
with that of their far back predecessors.
The latter could not cross
the Jordan aud enter into the
promised hind. Thov knew how to produce
melody but they could not produce
harmonies. Those wore not the days
of notes and scales, or of grand pianos
and organs. Tlio science of com hi nine
aud aggregating the human voice into
choirs and choruses, by means of part
singing, was not understood. Even
those who arrau.'cd the famous Gregorian
chants did not understand part
singing Such a thing thorefore us a
chorus or an opera or an oratorio was
unknown, and of course there nover
was a saugerfest in Germany in those
primitive duys. The tuodorn yastors
iiave had the piano, the organ aud the
orchestra to inspire und guide their
talents, but tho Minnesingers bad only
tlio rudest string instruments.
To us at this late day it sooms an
strange as the story of tlio soaled hook
in Kgypt, that with such an ubuudance
of tho raw material of music in the
hosrts aud on tho lips of the peoplo,
and with so many natural leaders who j
seemed to be hearing a voice calling on
them to broak tho chains that enthralled
tho ombryo ecienco of music, that
they could not transmuto thoir melody
into harmonv, and all becauso they did '
not possess tbe musical characters that j
would represent tho capacities of tho :
human voice. Tho Healed book in '
Kgypt was speodily road ui soon as the !
famous Kosotta atono (which was the ;
key to tho hiroogliphics) was found, and
bo" Just ua soou us tho capacities of tiie '
voico could bo givon interpretation nrul '
expression by notes and scales thon it '
was that choruses and all the ovolutions !
of part singing, as tliey aro known to- '
day, wero started on their career of do- '
velopmenL '
TJioro ;? to a cortain extent a kind of ]
parallel botwoou the political and social
history of Gormauy aud the history
of hor musical' dovelopmout. j
'l horo was for a period far back in hor :
history an aspiration for unity and for
constitutional govorniuent, and whi'.o
unification was always coming it never
name. In tho eternal order of thing*, ,
Bismarck and tho old omporor and Von (
Moltko had first to be born. Tho disciplino
of lout; deferred liopos had lirat
to bo undergone. And so, in the history
of inusiu, when, back in tho seventeenth
century, John Sabastian Bach
appeared in tho world tho science of
music was put on its prcsont splendid
foundations, and from that time on has
grown in perfection like the science of
mathomatic*. lie was tho gonius of
whom Schuman said that music owes
almost as great a dobt to him as any
one of the great religions that has
arison in tho history of mankind owes
to its fouuder.
This very imperfect skotch as to what
tho world owos to Germany in tbo
matter of music would bo still "moro imperfect
if I wore to otnit tn refor to the
name of tho great composer who mado
tho poems o! Gootho laminar as household
song to ovory castle and cottago in
tho fatherland?tho groat Schubert,
who, in his short caroor, achieved tho
roputation of boing tho ereatost songwriter
thut Gormany over produced.
Ho gavo those diamonds of Gootho
thoir rare sotting that inakos thom so
attractive in his native land. Ho did
for the poems of that great mastor what
Martin Luther and his associutos did
for tho church musicof Germanv, when
they popularized tho singing of a high ,
order of composition among tho common
people. Tho vorsns of Goetho and
tho hymns of Luthor uro sung whorovor
tbo German tonguo is spokon.
Tho great musical festivals of Gcr- i
mauy to-day romiud one not a littlo of
tho history of tho groat fairs of the fain
ouci iianeeaiic .uoaguo, m mu iuiuuiu
ages, to which representatives of all nations
journoyed in order to eco what
German art had discovered nt homo
and what Gorman commerce had
brought from abroad. Hoproiontatives
of all nationalities in thoso lattor days
make it a point to witnoss the musical 1
festivals of Germany. When I was in
tho city of Cologno, in tho month of
August, lb'.?2, I foil in with Englishmnit who
were on their way to Bayrouth, in j
tho kingdom of Bavaria, South Gor- !
many, to bo present at a two weeks' 1
season of Wagnorian opora at that
place, for which, if 1 recollect correctly, j
they expected to pay as much us five ,
dollars per seat at oach oniertuinmont 1
of tho musical season. This seemed j
liko an extravagant compliment to tho (
genius of Wagner, that people who (
had heard grout artists interpret his ,
music iu a great musical center liko ,
Loudon, should journoy all tho way to
Bayrouth to hoar it interpreted Mieio (
aftor Wagner's own ideas, by artists on
whom ho had laid tho bauds of musical j
consecration during his life, or who had
direct apostolic succession, so to speak, ]
from tho'o whom ho had xjius Hot a>?rt
a* interpreters of his compositions.
Bayrouth is tho Mecca bf Wagnerian
music in Germany, and there ttio pilgrims
go to worship at tho shrlno of tho
latest of tho great German master*. It
is thus that music, liko "tho one touch
of naturo" of which tho poet speak?,
"inakos all the world ot kin, and
bring* men of ovory nationality and :
every latigungo together, as on tho day
of Pentecost at .foru^dotn, to Imvo their
natures touched with sacred lire.
It matters little in what language curtain
compositions are rendered, tho
cllect is tho samo or. tho appreciative
listener. Each one interprets for hiin- '
sol.', an in tho scanning of a groat painting
or of a great land?cApo scene. All
nf ii* havn mail thn utorv (if tlin uimrin,.
of that louder Scotch soiij.', Anuio
Laurie, by the allied troop* in tho
Crimean war, tho night before thoy
stormed tho Malukotl' ami Kodun fartilientioiiH.
"Kuch heart," wo are told,
"reeallod u dillorout uauio, hui all Ham:
of Anuio Laurie." 10vary soldier of tho
allied hoHt had his own interpretation,
hit own ideal, bin own fond association,
hut thosong of Anuio Laurie exproisod
it all.
Tho Amorican song of "Homo, Swoot
Iiomo" had become ttio sonir of tho
world; tho uong of all men and woinou
who listen to it in any part of tho earth.
It i?? indeed that one touch of nature
ttiat makoH all tho world of kin. To
every listener in every land it tells the
name story of a homo of Homo kind, "ho
it over bo humble," whore there woro
food am! aocrert i?ioci?tvi? ? ? , of
routh and lunooence.
Tbis, my friend*, i* what mosio
mean-, the power to awaken an J to
a*sinnlate and associate with itself a
train ot inoiiioriM, aud to s!i' tho imagination
ami the whole human heart;
and thin is why the uiolodlt;* of the
Yolksleider song's lived for hundreds of
year* dimply on the Uvea of tho people
in Germany, and why many of t'leui
r-tiil Jive in tho tnu*ic of the modem
masters albeit tho composers *lw|> ia
nameless graves.
I fancy ttiat in this matter of appeal
to tho imagination thore must bo a wondrolls
appeal in thn words and music of
tho famous son>j known as tho "Watch
on the Khino." Certainly thoro umat
have boen somotlung very inspiring in
it to tho imagination of him who dosigned
the grand Denkmal on theheights
of tho Niedorwaid. Beforo he
made hi? first sketch 1 luucy ho mutt
hsvo absorbed Into his mi ml from tho
' n( Miflt national AOUtf the
I UBfJii ntivu ? ..... ..
plau of a threat commemorative monument
that would fittingly represent to
tho world tho Gorman idea of u watch
on the Ithlne. lean iinagiuebim listening
many times to tho words and
music of that song, us sung ovorywiiero
by soloiors mini cititous id
iiormaay, bofonrhe cot tho grand embodiment
of it fixed in his mind, that
we soo realized to-day in that colossal
llsuro of Germaniu, which, like another
majestic Miuorva, seems to hold the
h?miuies of tho ?uipiro in her keening.
When 1 stood upon tho heights of tbo
NeiJorwald and looked upon this Doukmul,
and then down into tho tnajestio
vulloy beneath, ami then over the grand
scope of country across tho noblo river,
1 was lilted with admiration at tbo
whole scone, and I thought to myself
that it is no wonder that German
soldier*, an they tile by this monument,
are moved to stop and take otf tiieir
huts and give expression to thotr patriotic
emotions by ringing cheers for Gormauin
and tho beautiful KUinoluud over
which site stands guard.
iiut y.jt 1 recall auothor sight which
is to be aeon from those same heights.
Immediately across tho rivor, nestling
in a little corner made by a tributary
stream that otnpties into tiro Kliiuo at
that point there is a littlo town known
toull tho world simply as Bingeu on
tho Ithinc. A soldier was burn and
reared thoro who wont off into a far
country of tho East, and entorod iuto a
foreign sorvico as a "soldior of tho Leirion,"
and alter years of absonco and
pxpoouro to tho hurdship of war ho iiriully
laid down to dio beno-ith tho burning
huu of Algiers in Africa. Thoro
"was lack of wotnau's nursing and
lourth of woman's tuaro," wo uro told,
jnd so tito poor soldier of tho Legion as
lie lay dying in that foreign land
thought of tho homo that had oocoboon
(lis at liiiitfou on tho lthino; aud as bis
uiind wundorod down to the valley of
tho shadow of death ho dictated to u
L'ouirade at his side those voraes that
liavo boon road and sung all over the
world, and that to ovory German imiirrant
iu America, or whorovor olso thoy
may bo scattered abroad, have a moaning
of homo and homo associations such
... ?l,n Wntcli Oil tllft Rllilm 1*1111
uot iiwaken.
But, my friondc, timo would fail mo
wero 1 to attempt to rocito to you tho
asuo-jintions that cluster around the history
of music aud eon# in Germany und
in our own and uli other luuds. 1 speak
of our own country in this connection,
because, notwithstanding its nownose
an<l its vory practical character, it is
novortheloss bocoininir a laud whore
music is com in# mora and moro into
vogue as a popular recreation. Ouo of
tho largost musical gatherings over seen'
anywhere was held rocontly in Madison
Squaro Gordons, Now York. It coutinued
for days and was immeniely patronized.
Thoro was chorusos numbering
four and five thousand voices. What:
a eight an orchestra of ouo hundrod aud
lifty pieces, accompanying a chorusos of
live thousand voicos, would havo booa
to tho Volkslied singors and the Minnesingers
of old. They woro tho pioneors of
son* who died in tho wildorno<39, all unonscious
of tho possibilities of tho
future. But who can tell us now, even
At this lato day, what are tho possibilities
of musical development? One can
hardly concoivo of such a thing as &
marked advance in musical ocienco, but
noithor yet can wo conceive of the
world stauding still in music uuy moro
thao in othor arts and sciences. Who
knows, therefore, but what tho German
Dlement in Auiorlcu may illustruto the
progress of their blood iioro on a scale
correspondent to thoir musical achievements
in tho old world, aud who
known but what this little city ol
Wheeling, on the banks of tho Ohio,
may duplicate tho history of the little
?! *? r.l lunn nn tlin nf (Iia
Rhine, and givo birth to yet anottior.
Beothoven who fihnll tnko up what that
great master called tho unliuiehod
work, ami carry it forward to tho idoal
perfection which ho had in hid wind
whua his great carcer terminated.
Ofttio Colobrallun Which wan nut on tho
After Mr. Campbell's addrosa, and
weal and instrumental muaic, Mr. Pellack
sprang a surpriao on tho uasomtriago.
lie aroso und said:
"It dovoivos on mo to concludo the
inaugural ot tho jubileo with tho plea*ml
duty of dedicating to the Uoothovoa
Sociotv of Wheeling a bust of its grand
t ho great ltaethovon, on behalf of
tiie ladies of tlio society, nj a momento
uf tiiia celebration, and as a manifestation
ot iutoreat in its history and sympathy
with its euecofisofl.
teed not assure tho IV Miovon Socio./
. this assemblage ... tho cliurm
mid inspiration of delicate attentions
like this, or tho graces of the ladies'
presence on all occasions, and yield to
the pleasant conviction that this beautiful
hustoi Boothovcn niul tiio devotion
'>i tho fair donors will so inspire tho
futureachievements of the lJoothoven
Society an to gratefully vindicate tlio ostein
ot thi? ladloa and of our citizond."
To this graceful presentation Prosident
Henry J'loch, oi tlio Society, responded
hrielly, but happily, in Gorman. Tho
npi'ot iieaboth aroused great enthusiasm.
Alter two more musical selections, according
to the programme printed iu
t?r lay'a Intlm.usun'cku, tho meotiug
udj >urnod and ail dovoted the ro*
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