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A French View of Baireuth
(Copyright by Victor Neuhaua) M. Charles Joly, the brilliant re porter of the “Figaro.” gives the fol lowing account of his visit to Bair euth: “lie Messed, oh my 8-tone! Remain firm and remain long!” These words which Richard Wagner spoke to the accompanying ha rumen-strokes as he bo laid the corner stone for his futur# theatre. May, 1872, it may be remem bered, caused much merriment at that time. And, indeed, this project must have appeared absurd, it is difficult to understand how a man whose work and whose personality was the center of violent opposition could have had the temerity of building on a hill near a dull provincial town a temple which should be devoted solely to the presentation of his own plays. For wliat did the loyalty of a small group of faithful friends, or the notorious patronage of n monaren, who owing to this patronage, was considered of unsound mind, count ugaiust Ills gen eral unpopularity? When four years later this theater was impressively opened for the first presentation of the Nihetungen Ring, it is not surprising that a French writer said. “Within six months this theater will be turned into a Tuner ball. Twenty years have passed since this prophecy was uttered. The tem ple on the hillr striking by its very simplicity, still stands, and probably will, for a long time to come. Each time its doors are opened, pilgrims from every land hasten to be present at the celebration of the mysteries en acted there. The Wagnerian cult is not subsiding; in fact, it really seems that the more his works are being dis seiuinated, the more of his adherents may be found in Raireutli. As we have often maintained, there is a Wagnerian religion, and the greatest achievement to l>e credit'd to the au thor of l’arsifal is that thru ids music he has revived the fashion of making pilgrimages. As in ancient days, attracted by re. ligious or theatrical festivals, the Greeks pilgriiued to Aiypuda, the Mohammedans to Mecca, and the Israelites to Jerusalem: even so. d«K*s the art-inspired public journey to the theater at. Raireutli to nonor thcii hero Wagner. This illusion of pil grimage is even strengthened by the architectural style of the theatre, which awakens the glorious memories of old Greece. We must udmit fashion also plays its part, and all of the pilgrims arc not “faithful believers”; many would Ik? bored at the mysteries of Parsi ful. Some would, not admit this; oth ers acknowledge It freely. Yet, it must Ik? admitted .that It was only thru the disciples that Raireutli was called to life, and is thus maintain ed. There is no better argument to Ik* used against those opponents who think the Wagner cult a fad than this sincere character of this art. A certain number of these followers re turn your after year. Many of the first pilgrims nre dead, many other faithful adherent* are afraid their first overpowering impression may Ik? shattered, und so do not risk a re turn: jealously guurdinu their preci ous memories, they remain at home. New pilgrims 'constantly replace In-fh the absent and the dead. They come from all lands and by every route. The merchants alone use tin* dir<*ct way. all others taking cir cuitous routes. Some byway of the Hodensee. with its charming coast lines, others up tin* Rhine, whose rocky tanks, crowned with the medieval ruins, look like the setting of a roman, tie drama. l>ocs not such a trip have an influence upon us, make us more amiable, more receptive to sweet sensations? And ds not a pleasure which we have to seek at so great a distunce, longed for and accepted with much greater alacrity? We must take many annoyances into the burguln, which cannot be avoided in a noisy crowd. At Nuruberg the numlK?rs be gin to grow so lnrge that the over crowded coupes refuse to hold the people, but that does not disturb the prevailing good humor. Some coupes occupied by groups of young and pret ty Americans, nearly resemble aviar ies; others, occupied by zealous musical disciples, resound with motives of the different works of the master, and in the few where silence holds sway one may be assured the occupants are studying the text of “The Ring” or “Parsifal.” —C. K. HOLLAND AND HER JEWISH SUBJECTS. Tin* occasion of the annual official visit of tin* Queen of Ho land to Ants. lonium last month was made the sub jeet of several Jewish demonstrations or loyalty to the House of Orange. 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" ,HUI al i„,v.'il »<•' House ot Orange, only Freedom oi’ conscience. but. suit* by side "'irli their fellow subjects, were allowed, in the best sense of the term, to develop their social and THE DENVER JEWISH NEWS economic condition without let .or hindrance. Her Majesty replied I ha; »hc fell unhounded satisfaction at tile development and progress of her loyal ' Jewish subjects, not only in her reigu, j but in the reigns of previous heads of ; ! her house. I He who mixes with the unclean, be-' . J comes uncicau liimself, be whose as- 1 | soeiatiou* are pure, becomes more holy , each tiny. —TulrnuU. • i In cuuuuunicutiiitf your sorrows to others always say. “May tin* J**r<l protect you from like troubles.** —Tni- umd.