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Schneider's First Creates Im
pression Likely to Remain
in Hearts of Hearers
Delightful Surprise of Con
cert Comes When Miss
Fernanda Pratt Sings
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
■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.
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.
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
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
via Grand Canyon
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
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
ruptured DR. MAX WASSMAN
A California Agency Now Opened Iβ aK^BiMUfvV
San I rnn.li.oo for the DEN I IS ■
Room i4l, aiunadsock Uldjc., S. F. t ltoar», j> to Si Sunday*. »to 13
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Railroad Commission Sits at
Stockton to Pass on
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
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
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.
'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
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.

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