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VOLUME CXIIL—NO. 84.
SYMPHONY PROVES MUSICIANLY WORK Schneider's First Creates Im pression Likely to Remain in Hearts of Hearers Delightful Surprise of Con cert Comes When Miss Fernanda Pratt Sings WALTER ANTHONY Tn the history of art nothing is so rarely encountered as a great sym phony. Indeed, there are three great poems and eight great plays for every great orchestral composition. The thinnest volume suffices to list and de scribe the instrumental masterpieces of absolute music. A student of music was once asked how many symphonies Beethoven composed and he said: "Three—the fifth, the seventh and the ninth." Perhaps 10 would about ex haust the field, or the horizon, rather, of really great symphonic -works. So. I am not going to tell you that Edward F. Schneider's first symphony, on which for six years he has been i working , , is a "great" symphony; but that it Is an exceedingly interesting and musicianly work. I am going to Bay. It was presented yesterday after r.oon by the San Francisco symphony orchestra under Henry Hadley's direc tion and created an impression likely to be permanent in the minds and hearts of those who heard it. !*YMPHOXIC SIITE Perhaps—and the criticism is cap tious—the work had better be called a symphonic suite, in spite of the in genious manner in which themes from preceding movements are woven into the texture of the last: but the compo sition as an entirety exhibits a vigor ous musical imagination; its themes are for the most part diatonic —I mean they are ear catching melodics —and Schneider has apparently written for his own entertainment. He has fol lowed Swift's excellent advice and has "worked in his own materials, produc ing what he has found within him- Kelf," and we found yesterday after noon that "it was of better stock, per haps, than the owner knew." No composer could have written the third movement to "In Autumn Time" without having true creative gifts. Alas, that its ingenious and vigorous finish was utterly ruined by a slovenly interpretation! The fault was clearly in the presentation, and not in the creation. Hadley lost his players com pletely and the vigor of the conclusion was mussed pitifully with hesitancy and uncertainty. In spite of the de fective presentation. however, the beauty could be detected and the move ment which ad%*anced the poetic] thought of the encroachment of wintry] storm was voted by many the best of i the five. STERLING'S VERSIFICATION George Sterling's versification of the thought of the music gives a far better notion of its content that I, In halting prose, can do: Tii» #tadi of nutiimn leap and wbirl, T'ih> hrancliPM wave forlornly bare A< bright Bl"O|r the frosty ttir The pennons of the forest swirl. A rehearing of this movement un questionably suggested to Schneider, the composer, the need of more "brass" in his instrumentation. Otherwise, the third movement Impressed me as being the most eloquent of all in claiming ttentlon of the musio world to American music, and particularly western muelc. The second movement depicts, ac co-ling to Sterling's versification: AH the autumn woods are strange; iJlories jrlearn «n hush and bough Vanished loves, where are yon now? Change you ac the seasons change? IS MAJOR MELODY Tn his choice of his leading theme Schneider has not been quite happy. It is a major melody and lacks the distinction of the Russian colored first movement. However, he has handled his thought with neat effects in or chestration in which clarity and tints are anomalously mixed. The fourth movement, with ita Eng lish horn solo of plaintive melody, Mill, perhaps, prove the most popular ■with concert goers, and in the fifth movement the composer has exhibited skill of high intellectual force in the manipulation of new material with old. Throughout, the work suggests a ■vigorous musical personality striving for expression. Tn his orchestration it is natural that Schneider would feel most keenly his limitations —opportunities for orches tra expression be so limited to native, and particularly western, composers. ]fe has studied the mysteries of in str"mentation with William J. McCoy, at whose excellence in the art Schneider has lit his candle, but has done no filching. Indeed, in point of originality, the material, as I have said, is Schneider's own. In treatment lie has suggested what the American school of music will some day be—a cosmopolitan mixture of the best of "Russian, German, Italian and French composition. SPLEKDID RECEPTIOX A splendid reception was given the work, the composer being called to the .stage and greeted with cheers. The cheering was not so much a trfbute of prejudiced friends as critical listeners. There was a delightful surprise wait ing on both sides of the footlights when Fernanda Pratt sang. She appeared for the first time yesterday afternoon in the larger circles of the community's music and gave ample evidence of gifts competent to carry her Into still higher and wider circles. She sang an aria from "Samson et J>alila," by Saint Saens, with dramatic freedom and lusclousness of voice. Her interpretation of Rinaldo Hahn's "Dun Prison" was as completely fascinating as any contralto song heard here since schumann-Heink left. Her chami iiß'le "Chanson Slave" was redemanded for the excellence of the interpretation and the "operatic" quality with which the song was invested by the young linger. Hor voice has flexibility out of the ordinary, it has the sheen of rich velvet, and it has what can not W; found at school —sympathy. «;IIEAT EARNED SUCCESS The surprise in the audience was over her great and earned success, and that a prophetess may have honor in her own country. The surprise on tho hinger's side of the footlights arose from the perfume of a multicolored jrarden of liowers that was tumbled nver the footlights by the combined ef forts of all the ushers in the theater. Miss I'ratt's success was as posi tive as it was deserved, and the size •if the audience —which nearly filled the tort— justifies some of us who main tain that local artists will "draw" if they are good, and that we should hear more from them. Adolph Rosenbecker's orchestration of Raschmaninoff's familiar C snarp minor prelude was one of the gems of tho seabon's music, and Mendelssohn's .scherzo from "Midsummer Night's lu-uani" and Smentana's symphonic j*o*jin, "I'ltavia," brought a memorable program to a close. . , _. . I 9 Feast Ends D.A.R. Meeting Stormy Session Is Over Officers of Daughters of American Revolution of California who were re-elected yesterday and member who figured in proceedings. Delegates From Southern Counties Kiss Northern Sisters at Luncheon Exciting Incidents Occur at Election of Officers of California Branch After two days of wrangling, incrim- Inations and verbal battles over vari ous points of business transacted, the fifth annual state convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution would up in a love feast at the recipro city luncheon at the Bellevue hotel ypsterday afternoon. The delegates from the southern counties kissed their northern sisters with tenderness and expressed gratitude over the "cordial reception" tendered them. No irony was apparent in the little speeches of felicitation. Beautifully gowned women, whose .voices had been heard in hot debate on the floor of the meeting in the after noon, softly said goodby to each other amid the perfume of roses heaped everywhere. Around two big center tables were seated the delegates from the southern counties. Shortly after the luncheon began Mrs. Prank Otis of Alameda arose and presented Mrs. I. N. Chap man, the state regent, with a large, odorous bunch of pink roses. All pres ent lost their frozen attitudes and geniality reigned. FAR FROM PEACEFUL ■The morning session, which con cluded the convention, was far from peaceful. Squabbles arose on every hand. The delegates fought over the reading of the minutes, and finally adopted them. Then came the treas urer's report, and the real battle of the convention started. Mrs. C. "W. Moores, the treasurer, read her repot, which failed to correspond with the sum of money in the bank by the sum of $3.05. In other words, the D. A. R. had this much more than they thought they had. Kow about it? Nobody knew. Mrs. Moores passed it up to. Mrs. J. M. Fer nald, whom she succeeded in the office. Mrs. Fernald said the organization had $1r»1.2:il r »l.2:i on its books, but that the bank in which the funds were deposited sent a cluck for $154.28. The Daughters got up in wrath and demanded to know why a discrepancy should occur. Mrs. Moores explained it was because she hadn't looked over the books for about a year. Finally it was agreed to em ploy an expert accountant at $10 a day to audit the books and find out why the Daughters had more money than they should have. Mrs. Ransom E. Beach of Oakland was nominated with Mrs. Moores for the treasurership. When the ballots were counted Mrs. Moores was found to have polled 11 more than her oppo nent. Mrs. Beach promptly asked that I Mrs. Moores' election be made Tinani mous. Four Daughters, who had been making some din over in another cor ner shouted, 'No," and "no" it was. FIERCE CONFLICT UEGIJVS When it came to voting for the na tional vice regent, which carries big honors in Its train, another fierce con flict began. Money was at the root of this squabble also. Mrs. John F. Swift of Berkeley was lan avowed candidate for the office. Y/hen her name was proposed In the' meeting: she arose to her feet ami lashed the delegates with a torrent of sarcasm. She said she would not al low her name to go before the body until she had made it known that it had been whispered .all over California that she had misappropriated $1,000 intrusted to her by the national society in 190 Cto alleviate the suffering of fire and earthquake victims. "The echoes of this sxandalous in crimination have reached Washington," said Mry. Swift, "and I demand a vote of confidence. I can show my receipts as to how the money was expended." A rising vote of confidence was given her, after which Mrs. Harry Purdon, candidate of the southern delegates, withdrew her name for the national vice regency. Then the dove of peace hov ered about until the new business was in order. Charles W. Blanpied, secretary of the immigration congress, which meets here next month, addressed the Daugh ters on "Immigration." lie was heart ily applauded when he said that tho majority of the immigrants who will arrive in Sap Francisco after 1315 will make honest and industrious citizens. The reports of chapter regents and of the state chairman took up the morn ing until nearly noon, when the meet ing adjourned. The state officers of tho Daughters of the American Revolution of Cali fornia, all of whom were elected yester day with the exception of the regent and vice regent, are as follows: Regent, Mrs. Isaac N. Chapman; vice regent, Mrs. Maynard F. Thayer; recording sec retary, Mrs. David Rhys Jones; corre sponding secretary. Miss Alice Orne Hunt; historian, Mrs. LL A. Banks; chaplain, Mrs. D. M. Haramack: treas urer, Mrs. Charles W. Moores; auditors, Misb. Grace I'ease and Alia. J. C. Lynch. FRAUD IS CHARGED IN RICHMOND LAND Illinois Investors Begin Ac tion Against Monetary Trust and Canal Firms Charlges of swindling in Richmond land* deals were made yesterday against H. C. Cutting and others in an action begun by H. J. and F. A. Woodward of Illinois in the United States district court against the Monetary Trust com pany, the Point Richmond Canal and Land company, H. C. Cutting, H. Wernsey, Albert Betz, W. J. Morgan and 11. B. Mayo, as individuals and di rectors. A subpena ad respondum was issued by Judge Van Fleet. This form, which was obtained by Attorney Arthur Crane, is said to be the second of its kind ever issued. The effect of such a sul>pena is to invalidate any pro ceedings objected to in the complaint. The Woodwards hold 600 shares in the Monetary Trust company, the direc tors of which, they assert, are con trolled by Cutting. They set forth that the trust company holds 1,175 shares o£ the Point Richmond Canal and Land company, which is said to own 400 acres of the canal addition to Point Richmond, valued at $750,000. The. complaint charges that Cutting caused the minutes to show that he had purchased from the Monetary Trust company its stock in the other company Chicago via Grand Canyon The California Limited For seventeen years this train has maintained its superiority among Transcontinental Limited Trains, by the excellence of its dining service— equipment and courtesy of its em ployes. Through sleeper to Grand Canyon. Departs 9,:30 p. m. daily. J Keservations should be made early. Jas. B. Duffy, Gen. Agt., 673 Market St., San Francisco Phone: Kearny 315 J. J. Warner. Gen. Agt.. 1218 Broadway. Oakland Phone. Lakeside 425 or 426 WELCOME NEWS FOR THE | IV f| B| 11/ tlf iCCII A II ruptured DR. MAX WASSMAN A California Agency Now Opened Iβ aK^BiMUfvV San I rnn.li.oo for the DEN I IS ■ FAMOUS BROOKS RUPTURES AP. ■ ■ S¥S3l HEWES BUILDING GEO. B. RICHART S. W. COR. SIXTH AND MARKET Room i4l, aiunadsock Uldjc., S. F. t ltoar», j> to Si Sunday*. »to 13 0 ft THA CALL BIG CROWD ENJOYS MENDOCINO DAY Visitors From Willits, Hop land, Ukiah and Other Points See Sights (SjwHal Dispatch to The Call) CLOVERDALE, Feb. 21.—More than 2,000 persons from all sections of Men doclno county flocked to the citrus fair today and Inspected the various ex hibits and other attractions. This was Mendocino county day, and the visitors came from as far north as Willits, Ukiah, Hopland and points in Lake county. The pavilion, attractively decorated and festooned with flags, was thronged with sightseers, who enjoyed the open air band concerts and promenaded up and down the principal streets. Tomorrow Is Sonoma county day, and special excursion trains will be run from points In Sonoma and Marln counties. A delegation of several hun dred business men and women from Santa Hosa will arrive In the fore noon. Larger and more enthusiastic crowds would hardly be possible. The fair is proving more successful than the man. agement anticipated. Every one ex presses delight in various exhibits and the manner in which they are dis played. On a special train members of the San Francisco Commercial club are due here tomorrow morning. The visitors will be entertained at luncheon at the Swiss-Italian colony winery at Astl. In the afternoon they will go to Cloverdale to witness the fair. A mil itary band will accompany them. Sun day will be San Francisco day. which will be the closing day of the fair. If the weather remains fair a crowd >f not less than 3.000 persons are ex ected from San Francisco. Many prizes were awarded today to arious exhibitors. "Grandma" Electa Kennedy of Healdsburg, who cele brated her one hundred and third birthday last month, was not able to act as one of the judges because of indisposition. She is expected to at tend the merrymaking before the clos ing day. J. PIERPONT MORGAN'S CONDITION MUCH BETTER I liinnrlor Takes Long Drive In Vlclmlty of Cnlroj Report of Apoplexy Stroke Discredited CAIRO, Egypt, Feb. 21.—The prog ress of J. Pierpont Morgan toward re covery from his recent indisposition Is uninterrupted. His condition was much better today and he took a long drive in the vicinity of the city. Physician Retained in Rome ROME, Feb. 21.—Prof. Giuseppe Bas tianelli left this morning for Egypt to attend J. Pierpont Morgan. Professor Bastianclli characterized his trip as merely "advisory." The professor was accompanied by his wife, who was Miss Marion Rawle of Philadelphia. "Improving," States Firm NEW YORK, Fe>. i; 2l. —Advices from Cairo received by J. P. Morgan & Co. today in regard to the state of Mr. Morgan's health continue favorable. Nothing has been said in any of the messages, it was stated, with regard to a report that he had suffered a stroke of apoplexy in addition to the attack of Indigestion. The firm discredited the report. for $1,175 and then had the full amount returned to him as office expenses. It Is also charged that Wernsey assisted Cutting in purchasing the canal and land company's property for $25,000, although its value is declared to be $750,000. Hactlnga Proof Sought— Appeal to the court for an order to take the depositions of Count and Countess Lowenhaupt-Frankenstein, so that their testimony regarding the com petency of Miss Elizabeth Parker Hastings may be used in the local courts, was made yesterday by At torney Archfbald J. Treat, representa tive of J. W. Daniel], Miss Hastings' English guardian. Rock bottom prices—multigraphing, addressing, etc. Ramsey Oppenheim Co., 112 Kearny St. Phone Sutler 1266.—Advt. Thousands at Citrus Fair Cloverdale Great Host jTn>o 0/ the prize winners at the Cloverdale citrus fair baby show: Isabel Warren (at left), daughter of George F. Warren, winner of the first prize, and Robert Forrester Flynn, youngest son of Robert E. Flynn, winner of cup for the handsomest boy. GOSSIP OF THE RAILROAD MEN Electric railroads in this state have just added'to the troubles of the steam railroads by demanding that they be admitted to membership in the Trans continental Scrip bureau. The Central California Traction com pany, which operates between Sacra mento and Stockton, and the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern, which Is extend ing its lines into Sacramento, have made their demands. Other roads op erated by electricity will probably do likewise. It is expected that the passenger rep resentatives of the steam roads, at a meeting to be held in Lob Angeles the latter part of this month, will take up the consideration of the matter. Should the Transcontinental Scrip bureau deny the right of the electric lines to participate in the bureau, the case probably will be laid before the railroad commission on the ground that the steam roads are discriminat ing against the electric lines. As the electric lines are rated as common carriers as well as the steam lines, they assert that they should be admitted to the scrip bureau. As it is a few stage lines and steamship lines are honorary members of the bureau, that is. they honor the bureau's scrip and are reimbursed at their regular rates. About five years ago the Northern Electric was an honorary member, but after about a year the privilege was withdrawn by the steam roads, which soon realized that the admission of the electrics into the bureau would deprive the st.am roads of mucn business. As the electric lines in nearly all case , ? purallel steam lines, the com- A The Comind BECAUSE of its I I j^^ W because of its appetiz- IS \ ; food and drink I GHIRARDELLFS L E Ground Chocolate A IS is supplanting , those beverages that have for years been II universally accepted as harmful. Ghirardeßi's Ground Chocolate |1| builds sturdy children—keeps the glow in the cheeks of youth— 5 sustains strong men, and is a mild, I I comforting drink for those in declining I years. It is the ideal drink for the Western ./ /f~lsfk SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1913. mercial men would be able to use the electric lines very conveniently in mak ing their trips, time being saved by making short jumps by electric be tween trains on the steam lines The electric lines already have won their fight to force an Interchange of freight with' the steam roads, and they believe that the railroad commission will rule in their favor in case the scrip bureau denies them the right to participate in the bureau. * * ♦ F. B. Houghton. freight traffic man ager of the Santa Fe, is here from Chi cago on his annual trip to the coast • ;•-•••« William M. Anderson, formerly In the Erie office, has been appointed city pas senger agent of the Illinois Central, to succeed Harry Hatch, who has been promoted to traveling freight and pas senger agent of the company. # * * WASHINGTON. Feb. 21.—Proposed increases of from 30 to 50 per cen* in transcontinental freight rates on lum ber and some other commodities from North Pacific coast points by the North ern Pacific and Oregon Short Line through Silver Bow, Mont., were sus pended today by the Interstate com merce commission until April 30 as unreasonable. KANSAS CITY. Mo., Feb. 21.—Nego tiations are on between the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient railway and the Southern Pacific by whict the Orient soon may run trains from Kan sas City to Los Angeles. Prom Fort Stockton, Tex., to Apine, Tex., about 160 miles, the Orient will OHO ELECTRIC IS EAGER TO EXPAND Railroad Commission Sits at Stockton to Pass on Application STOCKTON. Feb. 21.—1t is expect*"! that several days will be required to complete the hearing of the petition of the Oro Electric company before the state railroad commission to be permitted to enter the field of the Western States Gas and Electric com pany, now enjoying , exclusive light, heat and power privileges in this city. Chairman John M. Eshleman of the railroad commission presided and Com missioner Max Thelan was in attend ance. In a statement outlining the policy Chairman Eshleman said the commis sion would seek to know the extent of the local fifcld and whether or not it was covered, the rates that are ac corded or were accorded before com petition became imminent and whether they are reasonable and whether the rules and regulations and service are adequate. Several witnesses explained the prop erties of the Oro company. Its power sites, equipment and facilities for fur nishing juice and declared it equipped to serve light, heat and power cheap ly and at a lower rate than the pres ent Western States Gas and Electric company now charges by reason of what is claimed to be exceptionally favored natural advantages. Engineers representing the Oro company estimated that they could in stall all equipment necessary for fur nishing juice in this city and through out the local field for 16,500,000. Two patrons of the Western States com pany who had been subpenaed by the Oro company testified that the service given them was fauty. The points involved in the hearing are being watched by a large number of attorneys, as upon their disposition will depend much development work said to be undergoing consideration «t this time. The hearing will be re sumed Monday. ORDERS CITY LINE PLANS 'Work* Board Tells n'shangnesn7 <«• Provide Trolley Specification* The board of public works instructed City Engineer O'Shaughnessy yester day to prepare a preliminary plan for the municipal railroad extensions to the exposition site. O'Shaugnessy says that the plans will take 30 days. An order for bids to be advertised for the 750,000 gallon reinforced concrete tank in Jones street, the last of the reser voirs in the high pressure water sys tem, was made by the board yesterday. complete an extension in between CO and 60 days. At Alpine the Orient will connect with the main Southern Pacific to Los Angeles. Already the Orient Is running a train through from Kansas City to Aiplne, and contemplates continuing it over the Southern Pacific to Los Angeles. Talk by Maria L. Sanford—Prof. Maria I*. Sanford of the University of Minnesota will speak at the noon luncheon of the Commonwealth club today at the Palace hotel on "The In fluence of Good Art and Good Litem ture "Upon Character." The members are privileged to bring ladies as guests.