Travels-III, Travelling in Eighteenth Century Scotland'
CONTINUING her ' Armchair Travels,' Miss
Grierson arrives at the eighteenth century and, not surprisingly, chooses the complementary accounts by Dr. Johnson and his faithful Boswell of the memorable Tour to the Hebrides. Although, by the eighteenth century, there was still a certain spice of peril about such a journey, the point of interest, for us, shifts more on to the persons making the journey; and what company could be more entertaining than the great Doctor and his devoted Boswell ?
THE story of most towns is simply that of a com- : munity growing larger under favourable circum-stances. At first, the landlord has personal control of the inhabitants as to the ownership of the land ; gradually, however, these. inhabitants bocome rich enough to buy liberties from him, until at last his lordship becomes nothing more than a bond or link. The character of the evolution of these towns, however, differs greatly according to the different status of the lords-kings, nobles, or ecclesiastics.
EILEEN PILCHER (Contralto)
ANDREW CLAYTON (Tenor)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
JOHN PHILIP SousA , of whom we in this country think as an out-and-out American, is actually of mixed Spanish and German parentage. Displaying unusual musical gifts, first as a violinist, at a very early age, he was only sixteen when he became the orchestral conductor of a theatre. For a few years he had valuable experience in that way, composing a good deal of incidental music, as well as arrangements of light operas, and producing one of his own. He was then only twenty-five, but the opera, The Smugglers, was not really a success. A year later he became conductor of the band of the United States Marines, and for the next twelve years his fame and that of the band grew steadily until it is not too much to say that the whole world knew of it. After resigning from that position he organized his own band, with which lie gave his first concert in 1892. It achieved a success for which it is difficult to think of a parallel, and played practically all over the world.
Two at least of his dozen or so comic operas were successfully played in London -El Capitan in 1896 and The Mystical Misstwo years later. But it is probably by his marches that he will bo best remembered wherever robust and vigorous music is played.
King Edward VII made him a member of the Victorian Order, and his own country gave him honorary rank in its Navy
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