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In today's talk Mr. E. Kay Robinson will tell his hearers about parasites, those strange plants that get their light and air and, in some cases, their nourishment, by climbing up on others. Well-known cases are the honeysuckle on the hedge and the mistletoe that some of us may have been clever enough to find on the oak.


E. Kay Robinson

(Picture top of column 2.)
LAST week Mr. Ross described the Golden Ago of Victorian Capitalism, when the skilled worker was entitled to claim possession of a stake in the country.' This week he turns to the darker side of the picture -the plight of the unskilled worker between 1878 and 1000, when the engino-driver worked a twenty-hour shift and the docker earned fivepence an hour. Skilled labour, too, began to lose its position, and so we come to the modern development of Trades Unionism and the entry of Labour into the sphere of politics.

An Opera in Two Acts by MOZART
THE WIRELESS Chorus (Chorus Master:
Conducted by PERCY PITT
A SPECIAL charm of Mozart's last opera, "The Magic Flute", is its wealth of simple, straightforward, 'catchy' tune. Its choruses for men's voices are another feature, and so are its vocal fireworks for the leading soprano, the 'Queen of the Night,' whose part was played by Mozart's sister-in-law.
In the following sketch of the plot the first appearance of each character is shown by the use of capitals.
SCENE 1. TAMINO, a Prince (Tenor), weapon-less, pursued by a serpent, falls to the ground unconscious. In the nick of time the THREE LADIES enter and with their spears kill the serpent. It is decided that two of them shall return to their mistress, the Queen of Night, and report the presence of this handsome young prince, and that one shall remain on guard over him. As each wishes to remain with the handsome youth, it has to be decided that none shall do so. Tamino awakes and finds before him PAPAGENO (Baritone), a bird-catcher, dressed in birds' feathers, who boasts that he has killed the serpent. The Three Ladies return and punish Papageno for lying by putting a padlock on his lips. They show Tamino the portrait of a lovely princess, Pamina, daughter of the Queen of Night. Tamino immediately falls in love with her portrait. THE QUEEN OF NIGHT (Soprano) appears and commissions Tamino to rescue her daughter. He readily agrees, for Pamina, he is told, has come into the keeping of the High Priest of Isis, Sarastro, described as an evil magician. Papageno's padlock is removed, and he is given to Tamino as servant. The Ladies give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a chime of magic bells, and tell them they shall be directed by three young Genii.
SCENE 2. We are in the High Priest's Palace and see the Princess PAMINA (Soprano) insulted by the Negro slave MONOSTATOS (Tenor). Papageno comes in, and he and the Negro take fright at each other, and both run away. Papageno comes back, tells Pamina about the Prince, who is seeking her, and persuades her to go to join him.
SCENE 3. Tamino is led by the GENII, who give him wise and solemn counsel. In his search for Pamina he tries to enter, in turn, three Temples. Voices drive him back from the Temples of Nature and Reason, but on approaching that of Wisdom he is greeted by a priest - the SPEAKER (Bass), who tells him that Sarastro is not a tyrant, but the benignant Chief Priest of the Temple, and the noble protector of Pamina from her mother's magic. Papageno and Pamina enter to look for Tamino. The Negro and slaves attempt to molest them, but Papageno's magic bells ludicrously compel them all to dance. Monastatos has captured Tamino, and instead of rewarding him, SARASTRO (Bass) has him whipped. The Prince and the bird-catcher are taken into the Temple to be tested.


Kneale Kelley
Conducted By:
Percy Pitt
William Anderson
Heddle Nash
Herbert Simmonds
Queen of the Night:
Sylvia Nelis
Miriam Licette
Frederick Ranai,ow
Louise Trenton
Sydney Russell
First Priest:
John Collett
Second Priest:
Samuel Dyson
First Man in Armour:
Tom Purvis
Second Man in Armour:
Stanley Riley
Three Ladies and:
Mavis Bennett
Three Ladies and:
Alice Moxon
ihree Genii:
Gladys Palmer

This series of talks on capitals of Europe was begun by Mr. E. V. Lucas, who described Paris in a delightful talk. This second item in the series is a worthy successor. Dublin is, of course, a far smaller city than Paris, and has far fewer resources and means of amusements; but whilst it lacks a Montmartre, it has very much the Parisian quality of intimacy and charm. It has a great tradition, and the distinction of the eighteenth century still lingers in its streets and squares. As for culture, Dublin can point to its world-famous Abbey Theatre, and a constant, though varying, population of writers of the first rank.
Mr. Stephen Gwynn, the author and former M.P., has always been an enthusiastic and gifted interpreter of Ireland to the English, and he knows Dublin as well as anyone alive.

This Act consists of a number of quite short scenes. The first is the solemn Temple ceremony. Ssrastro and other Priests (Tenor and Bass Soloists, and Men's Chorus) accept Tamino and Papageno for initiation. The pair are tempted by the Three Ladies, who fruitlessly try by threats to win them from then; intentions.
Monostatos is interrupted in another attempt to insult Pamina. The Queen of Night commands her daughter to kill Sarastro.
The Priests impose a test of silence on Tamino and Papageno, which the loquacious bird-catcher finds tiresome and the Prince a torture, for Pamina. is hurt because he will not speak to her.
All the chief characters have now been introduced except Papageno (Soprano), a charming little Bird-Woman who, first appearing to Papageno as an old hag, is won by the bird-catcher after some trouble, including an attempt of his to hang himself.
Tamino leads Pamina safely through the ordeals of fire and water by the enchant merit of the Magic Flute, and they are thus initiated into tho mysteries and beauties of the Temple of Wisdom.
The Queen of Night and her Ladies make a last, and unsuccessful, attempt upon the Temple. Daylight, streams in, and the two pairs of lovers are acclaimed in a final Chorus.

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