MAJOR TOSSWILL is known to listeners chiefly as an authority on Rugby football, but this afternoon he is to describe the attractions, as a holiday resort, of the Balearic Isles—those lovely islands set in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, off the cast coast of Spain, and within a hundred miles of Africa. It is primarily of Majorca, the largest of the islands, that Major Tosswill will talk.
: The Children's Hour will cross .the Channel (in spirit), since there will be selections from the works of Saint-Saens and Debussy. played by the Daventry Quartet. The. Story of 'The Goat of Monsieur Seguin ,' from Lettres de mon Moulin,' by Alphonse Daudet. A Glimpse of ' La Belle France '
IN choosing music for a ' French Day ' programme, the names of Charles Camillo
Saint-Saens and Claude Achille Debussy figure prominently in one's mind. for they are perhaps the two most famous French composers of the last century.
Saint-Saens, who died in 1922, was born as long ago as 1835. As a student he showed enthusiasm and energy. As a composer he wrote easily and well, in a style that is typically French. His works include many operas and concertos, and much chamber music.
Debussy lived from 1862 to 1918. Curiously enough he came of unmusical parents, but when quite young he showed talent which was to make him the chief musical influence of his time-not only in France, but in all Europe. He revolutionized musical art by his symphonies, operas. chamber music, pianoforte works and songs.
READERS of W. W. Jacobs will remember the memorable occasion on which the engineer of a steam tug was impelled, under the influence of liquor, to take a dip in the river, leaving the tug to steam madly round and round in circles, to the extreme and articulate embarrassment of the rest of the shipping on the river. For the Thames substitute a filthy night on the Baltic ; for the shipping, two columns of battleships, and for the tug a hapless destroyer with its signal-lights gone and its steering gear jammed, and you will realize that the longest moment in Commander Villiers' life might easily have been also the last.
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL A Lyrical Fairy-Lepond in One Act by BETTY
Founded on the old Norse Rune of ' Proud
TN the heart of wild Dartmoor, a little cottage was built in a twilight hollow, the glow of the furze-fire on its hearth visible through the open door. A pot hung simmering over the blaze, an old woman tending it. But her eyes wandered anxiously to the slim figure of her daughter, proud Margaret, who stood by the door gazing absently out into the mystery of the darkling hills.
Characters : The Narrator:
IT is some time now since Sir Jagadis Chandra
Bose began to startle the scientific world with the results of his investigations into the sensitiveness and excitability of plants. Now it is generally known that plants can feel, and if you stick a needle into a cabbage it reacts in much the same way as an animal organism would. This is the fascinating subject of Professor Patten's talk tonight, and as he is not only Professor of Anatomy at Sheffield University and a recognized authority on biology, but a broadcaster of experience and of proved popularity, it will lose none of its fascination in his talk.
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by ARTHUR WOOD (Selection arranged for Orchestra by Arthur Wood)
ARTHUR WOOD , born at. Heekmondwiko in 1875, has spent many years in conducting orchestras—at first, as deputy, that of the Hairogate Corporation, and then, as chief, at various London theatres, particularly the Shaftesbury and the Gaiety. He became Musical Director at Daly's in 1922. He has. written the music for several Musical Comedies and Revues, and also a number of orchestral pieces, of which the Three Date Dances arc amongst the best known.