MARK TWAIN was peculiarly gifted with that light-hearted style of writing and that; taste for bloodless adventure that make the ideal writer of stories for boys. Huckleberry Finn is a most attractive character, a sort of juvenile hobo, whose exploits arc the envy even of Tom Sawyer , himself the idol of so many generations of boys.
THIS is the first talk in the second series arranged in consultation with the National Federation of Women's Institutes-the first was Miss Rhoda Power 's, on ' Village Life in Olden Times,' which finished last week. Mrs. Wauchope Maclvcr begins her series on ' Citizenship iu Practice,' by a discussion of * What is Economics ? ' Nowadays it is realized that Economies is more than ' the dull science ' ; not merely a matter of import and export statistics and theories of rent, but the subject that directly concerns the price that every housc
'wife has to pay for her fuel and food. and, in fact, every other item in the household budget. This is the aspect of it that Mrs. Wauchope McIver will stress, and her talk should, therefore, be of special interest to women everywhere.
The Piano Sonatas of Mozart
IX this interesting series of talks
Mr. Grant Robertson (who is Principal of Birmingham University, and a distinguished historian) will tell the storv of six of the men whose initiative helped to build up the Empire of to-day. He starts with Raleigh, one of the most brilliant of the Elizabethans, and the flower of the seadogs—no mere buccaneer or slaver, like Drake or Hawkins, but. a real Renaissance type of the man of action who yet had a mind.
A Representative Programme Chosen from His Successes, including the RHAPSODY IN BLUE
(in which the solo piano part will be played by BILLIE HARRIS) and other Gershwin favourites
THE LONDON Radio DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
The young American, George Gershwin, is in the van of composers of syncopated music. He has been responsible for the scores of many popular musical comedies. His most 'serious' work, which listeners will be hearing to-night, is the Rhapsody in Blue, the first attempt at a syncopated work of Concert dimension.
Performed by the BRITISH NATIONAL OPERA
Relayed from the Opera House, Manchester
IN a PROLOGUE, Tonio (Baritone), the Clown, in his stage costume, appears through the curtains. and reminds us that actors have hearts like the rest of mankind, and arc subject to the same joys and sorrows.
The curtain rises to show us an Italian village, where a Touring Company has just arrived, and is being greeted uproariously by The Villagers (Chorus). Soon the Head of the Company, Canio (Tenor) gains attention by persistently langing his drum and then announces the time of the coming show. He introduces to his audience Ncdda, his wife (Soprano).
Presently, everyone leaves except Nedda, who is presently joined by Tonio. He tries to make love to her, and gets a lash across the face as his reward. He goes away vowing vengeance.
One of the villagers, Silvio (Baritone), now joins her. He is in love with her, and she with him. A love scene follows, Silvio begging Nedda to run away with him. '
Tonio overhears, and brings Canio. They surprise Silvio and Nedda, but Silvio escapes. Members of the Company interpose between the enraged Canio and his wife. It is time to prepare for the play. Left alone. Canio sings his famous song, 'On With the Motley,' and disappears through the curtains of their improvi-cd' stage.
Relayed from the Opera House, Manchester
THE players give their play before the assembled
-L peasants. Canio's part is that of a husband who, returning home, suspects his wife of infidelity. Canio forgets his lines in the awful reality of the situation. At last he loses control of himself, and actually stabs Ncdda to death. Silvio rushes up, but lie is too late, and Canio, recognizing him, stabs him also. The crowd seize Canio, who sobs out ' The comedy is ended.'
FLORA WOODMAN (Soprano) ; SINCLAIR LOGAS
(Baritone); ALBERT SIMMONS (Violin)
10.35 app. Mr. CECIL LEWIS : Reading from Oscar Wilde's Prose and Poetry