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By CHARLES N. LURIE.
TO try to tell what the aviators
are going to uo next is like
trying- to reach a roof from
the ground for a better view
the moment a cry of "Here he conies!"
announces the approach of one of the
man birds. By the time you get where
there is an unobstructed view the flier
Is gone. The air records are falling
so fast nowadays much faster and
more frequently than the men who
make them that any prediction is
open to serious objection that It will
be out of date by the time it gets into
print.
"With these words of explanation, or
possibly of apology, let us assert that
the great aerial event toward which
the persons interested in flying, which
means the whole world, are looking is
the race between St. Louis and New
York over a 1,000 mile course for a
prize of $30,000 offered by the New
York "World and the St. Louis Post
Dispatch. Of scarcely less Interest is
the projected Chicago-New Tork flight
of about 960 miles for a $25,000 prize
offered by the New Tork Times and
the Chicago Evening Post. In addi
tion to these there are the "Washington-New
Tork race, the Detroit-Buffalo
flight, the Kansas City-St. Louis
contest and many others. The total
of the prizes offered by the cities and
the newspapers is large enough to
bring to America the most famous of
the old world's aviators, as well as to
engage the attention of our own best
men, especially since the vacation of
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the temporary "Wright injunctions left
the foreigners free to come.
Among those who are interested in ,
Charles K. Hamilton, whose aerial
journey from New York to Philadel
phia and back gave assurance that such
these imagination compelling contests j trips can be made hereafter on schedule
are the aviators who have recently time; Charles S. Rolls, the Englishman
brought the world to a realization of ; who flew across the English channel to
the fact that the flying machine has France, turned in the air and returned
come to take its place among the ( without alighting to England; Louis
world's commonplaces with wireless Paulhan, who flew from London to
telegraphy, radium, the X rays, the ( Manchester for a $50,000 prize and who
telephone and other inventions. They i held until recently the world's record
are Glenn H. Curtiss, who made the ' for height attained in an aeroplane;
air trip from Albany to New York; , Grahame White, the plucky English
man who tried so hard to win the London-Manchester
contest and failed
be held
abroad.
in the United States and
No state or county affair is
only after he had gone the limit of considered up to date now unless it
present endurance in the air; the ' announces as a part of its list of at
"Wrights, pioneer flyers, who have held i tractions aerial flights by one or more
steadfastly to their view that flying of the world's flyers. Of course the
is with them a business proposition, j flyers come high no pun Intended
not a sport, and have heretofore re- j but the fairs must have them or be
fused to engage In merely spectacular j considered hopelessly behind the
tests, although permitting the entry of ' times. The old fashioned balloon as
their machines under the operation of j cension cannot draw a crowd now
others. All these and others of na- i adays, so the fair authorities are fall
Uonal and international fame have" ex-J ing over one another In their en
pressed their intense interest in the , deavors to get the aviators. The sup
coming contests and have asserted ' ply of flyers is limited, although it is
their belief that the prizes offered are growing every day, so the men who
well worth consideration. ' are able to travel in three dimensions
In addition to these great events on j instead of two are taking advantage
the future programs of the aviators of their opportunities and demanding
there are numerous smaller affairs to ' stiff prices for their -work. Any one-
who has seen them perform their dar
ing feats In the air will agree that al
most any price Is too low for the risks
they run. The 1910 International avia
tion meet, which will be the greatest
ever held, will" take place on Long Is
land in October. It was brought to
this country by Glenn H. Curtiss vic
tory at P.helms, France, last year.
New Laws Necessary.
"With the extension of flying over the
world's civilized countries has come
the discussion of rules for the govern
ment of the flyers when they are in the
air. The subject Is still in the tenta
tive state, but there has been enough
interest manifested in the matter to
make it certain that the near future
will see the promulgation of a set of
rules agreed to by the world's most
famous flyers. Speaking on this sub
ject recently. Mr. Frederic R. Coudert,
recently returned from a visit to
France, said:
"The presence of so many flying ma
chines in France and the complaints
of owners of property that aviators
are flying over gardens and thus In
truding Into private ' domains has
caused the calling of a commission of
prominent lawyers.
"They have had operators of aero
planes perform before them, flying
both low and high, in order to de
termine what height is proper. Count
Lambert has been one of these dem
onstrators. Of course there are prop
erty owners who assert that their
rights extend far up Into the sky, but
to recognize such rights would mean
a stop to all aviation. '
"There is not the slightest doubt
that a mean height will be determined
and that France will be,, the pioneer
country in the framing of laws to ap
ply to tracks in the sky. Property
rights will have to be protected. The
Frenchman's garden, with Its high
wall, has. been considered safe from
prying eyes outside, but now with an
aviator swooping near with his ma
chine well, something must and will
be done."
HAMLIN GARLAND, CONSERVATIONIST
W
'HEN the history of the
movement for the con
servation of the natural
resources of the nation is
written high on the roll of honor of the
men engaged in the fight on the right
side, with those of Roosevelt, Pinchot
and others will be that of a teller of
tales, Hamlin Garland.
The country contains nc more en
thusiastic believer in the west, "the
new west," and its future than Mr.
Garland. His devotion to the cause of
Intelligent conservation of our mines
and forests, our fields and plains, our
men and women, requires no explana
tion. For years in his books and on
the lecture platform he has been
Dreaching the gospel of the mission of
the west to regenerate, to maintain the
nation. In his latest book, "Cavanagh;
Forest Ranger," he carries his propa
ganda a step farther and comes out
openly and boldly without reserve in
support of the Pinchot forest policy.
In the mouth of the hero of the book,
Ross Cavanagh, the author puts the
words:
"I am glad to be known as a de
fender of the forest. A tree means
much to me. I never mark one for
felling without a sense of responsi
bility for the future." j
J.t Is this "sense of responsibility for
the future" frankly avowed, together
with a most Interesting story of life In
the new west, that makes up the body
of Mr. Garland's latest book. In it he
devotes considerable space not to the
detriment of the book as a study, how
ever to a defense and an exposition
of the forest preservation theories of
Gifford Pinchot, the recently dismissed
chief forester. The latter Is depicted j
as the idol of the body of strong, able, i
clean living young men whom he I
trained in the forest service, and his
dismissal from the service Is described
as a severe blow to the personnel of
the service. Mr. Pinchot contributes
a preface to the book.
For a score of years Mr. Garland has
been known to the public through his
writing and his lectures, as an ardent
believer in America's future. In a
book" published sixteen years ago he
said:
"There is coming in this land the
mightiest assertion in art of the rights
of man and the glory of the physical
universe ever made in the world. It
will be done not by one man, but by
many men and women. It will be born
not of drawing room culture nor of
Imitation nor of fear of masters, nor
will it come from homes of great
wealth. It will come from the average
American home In the city as well as
In the country. It will deal with all '
kinds and conditions. It will be born '
of the mingling seas of men in the
vast interior of America, because there
the problem of the perpetuity of our
democracy, the question of the liberty
as well as the nationality of our art,
will be fought out."
Some idea of the intense, enthusias
tic Americanism of the man may be
gained from the excerpt just given. He
sculptor, Lorado Taft, and herself a
sculptor and art critic of note. The
i Garlands make their home In Chicago,
j but the writer cultivates in the sum
has lived his life up to the present . the Gray Horse Troop," "Ulysses Grant" ' mer his farm in Wisconsin,
time in harmony with his beliefs. The (a biography) and "Prairie Songs" From his earliest years Mr. Gar
half century that has passed since his ' (verse). He was educated in the com- land manifested an interest in the In-
AMEHICA DEVELOPS VIOLIN GENIUS
birth on a farm at West Salem, Wis.,
has served onlj' to deepen and broaden
in him the development of a belief in
America, Its institutions and its re
sources, its men and women and its
mon schools of Mitchell county, la.,
and was graduated In the literary
course of the Cedar- Valley seminary,
Osage, la., in 18S1. After teaching
school in the west for a short time and
future, and he has expressed his be- farming a claim in Dakota he went to
lief well in his writings and lectures. Boston and began to earn his living by
More than twenty books from his pen his writings. In 1S93 Mr. Garland re
bear witness to his industry. ' turned to the west and has remained
Among the best known of the Gar- there save for the time he has spent
land books are "Rose of Dutchers in traveling. He was married in 1899
CoolesV "Hesper," "The Captain of ' to Zulime Taft, a sister of the famous .
dian tribes, and he has made extensive
researches into their nistory, ethnology
and present conditions. His activity
in their behalf led to his selection sev
eral years ago by President Roosevelt
as a commissioner to investigate the
practicability of renaming all the In
dians of the United States, the plan
being to give them family names so
that any rights they possess in the
land might be defined and respected
and, perhaps, perpetuated.
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HAMLIN GARLAND IN HIS CABIN.
ECOGNITION at twenty-one
as the greatest living Ameri
can violinist, worthy to rank
with Kreisler, Ysaye, Kube-
lik, the European masters of the bow
such is the happj distinction that has
come to Albert Spalding of Chicago,
who has beeris entrancing Europeans
with his skill on his beautiful instru
ment. Spalding returned early in June
from a long sojourn in Europe, where
he won many plaudits, to spend this
summer at Monmouth Beach, N. J.,
with his family and will go back to the
old world in the autumn to begin his
1910-11 concert tour of the European
capitals.
Whether or not Spalding is the "future
Paganini," as one of his ardent admir
ers called him, is a matter of possible
future revelation. In one respect at
least Spalding resembles the famous
virtuoso of a century ago that is. In
the instant recognition his genius has
won from the critics of foreign lands.
As Paganini toured Europe, meeting
with appreciation of his genius wher
ever he went, so Spalding has been
hailed in Europe as one of the great
est of living violinists. France, Eng
land, Germany, Russia, all have paid
tribute to his mastery of technique
and the wonderful, incescribable ap
peal of his tone to the musician and
the lay hearer. Throughout there has
been but very little unfavorable criti
cism, and whatever carping of this
sort has found its way into print has
Invariably been modified by words of
warmest praise. Probably never be
fore in the history of American music
though that has been lamentably
brief and undistinguished has an in
strumentalist from this country met
with so favorable a reception by the
critics of the old world.
Spalding recently concluded a tour
on the continent. He will tour Europe
again in the musical season of 1910
11 and will visit America during the
season of 1911-12. His triumphs
abroad insure him an ovation in his
native land, where he has appeared
before In concerts. Some extracts
from the French critics' comments on
his playing read as follows:
"He has classed himself among the
greatest violinists of the age."
"Qualities which we noted were suffi
cient to class the vlolinJst among the
greatest." '
"Albert Spalding Is one of the best '
violinists of our epoch."
American critics have been equally
enthusiastic over their young com-
patriot. When he played in concert
In 1908 in Carnegie hall, in New York, '
Reginald De Koven, the famous com
poser and musical critic, said:
"I saw a clean cut, almost typical
American youth, good to look upon,
without the smallest pose or affecta
tion in hair or manner, evidently artis
tic, as evidently whole souled and
sincere. Then he played, and I heard
what I must consider violin playing of
a high order, distinguished by great
finish, refinement and elegance of style
rather than by force or great breadth,
yet displaying rare artistic intelligence
and sympathy in conception. Spald
ing's tone is singularly clear and even,
sweet and penetrating, with the sheen
and luster of a rich satin rather than
the robust sonority of a Wilhelmj or
Ysaye. His instrument has evidently
no technical secrets for him, whether
in bowing, double stopping, octave
fore her marriage. A few years ago
she said to an interviewer:
"At the very first, when he was a
' little bit of a fellow, two or three years
old, and he would sit so quietly and
patiently beside me while I played the
piano, I used to assure myself it wriS
because he loved me. It seemed in
credible that a child so young could
be appealed to so strongly by music
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ALBERT SPALDING.
passages or rarely pure harmonics. Al
together Mr. Spalding must be credit
ed with a distinct success on his mer
its as an artist, and there seems no
reason why maturity and deeper ex
perience of life should not develop
what is now remarkable talent into
commanding genius."
That was a year and a half ago. Eu
ropean critics before whom Spalding
has played since the time when that
criticism was penned agree that Spald
ing's playing now shows greater ma
turity of tone, more commanding per
sonal force, more ripening into genius
of the talent which De Koven noted.
Spalding's music comes to him nat
urally, by inheritance from his moth
er. She was a finished musician be-
Then I was so anxious, so fairly wild
for him to love It, that I used to try
to argue myself out of the belief that
there was anything phenomenal about
his evident passion for it. I was
dreadfully afraid of getting my hopes
up only to suffer disappointment.
"When Albert was seven years old
we had returned one afternoon from a
concert. He was very quiet and seem
ed to be thinking. Suddenly he said,
"Mother, I would like a violin.' Of
course I was amazed. He was so
young to say such a thing. 'You could
not play it. my son. If you had it,' I
told him, but he answered: 'Yes, I
could. I could learn. Well, as it
turned out, he got the violin That is
just about all there is to tell."

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