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AFTER describing her life in an Arab village,
Miss Amy Drucker tells this week of some of the queer things she noticed during her two-year stay in China. Miss Drucker was in China during the excitements of the Revolution, and was one of the first passengers on the Shanghai-Pekin through-express, but her talk today is concerned with the intimate and amusing impressions gathered by an observant artist. Listen to her, and you will hear exactly how chop-sticks are manipulated, and learn, if you go to dine with a Mandarin, that the correct and polite way of asking for your host is to say. in Chinoso : Is the old man in ? '


Miss Amy Drucker
Miss Amy Drucker

Dr. HENRY THOMAS : ' Spain under the Republic'
DR. HENRY THOMAS is Deputy Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum, and a scholar with wide acquaintance and sympathy with the past and present of Spain. Ho succeeded the late Spanish Ambassador, the Marquis de Merry del Val, as President of the Anglo-
Spanish Society. He has visited the country regularly for many years, and has just returned from his last visit.


Dr. Henry Thomas
Dr. Henry Thomas

Relayed from The QUEEN'S HALL, LONDON
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Overture, The Mastorsingers
Venusborg Music (Taunhauser) Siegfried Idyll
NORMAN ALLIN and ORCHESTRA Hagen's Watch (Dusk of the Gods) Hagen's Call
HAGEN'S, WATCH occurs in the first act of The Dusk of the Gods, the last opera of The Ring of the Nibelung. Siegfried, having been treacherously -given the draught of forgetfulness, has - forgotten Brynhilda and has plightod his troth with' Gutrune moreover, he has undertaken to . impersonate Gunther, the Lord of the Gibichungs, and to win Brynhilda for his bride. Siegfried and Gunther have just left for the Valkyrie's Rock for this purpose. Hagen remains behind to guard the Hall. Hagen is the son of Alberieh, from whom, in an earlier opera, the magic ring was wrested. He fully intends to recover this ring, of which ho knows the power. It was lie who drugged the potion givon to Siegfried as part of his sinister plot, and as he watches he soliloquizos, confessing his villainous intention and prophesying tile success of his scheme.
Hagen's Call occurs in the next act. Siegfried, disguised as Gunther, has been successful in winning Brynhilda for the Gibichung Lord,
-and as Hagen looks up towards the river, he sees the returning ship approaching. He summons the vassals with a hoarse ' Ifoi-ho,' and discordant blasts on his cow-horn. The wild figures of the clansmen appear in answer to the call, asking for what purpose they have been summoned and declaring themselves ready for the fray they are expecting. Hagen undeceives them, and with sinister joviality assures them that all they are called for is to assemble in welcoming their lord, who brings back his newly-won bride, and Siegfried, who is to wed Gutrune. In the opera the vassals sing in chorus, but in this version their grotesque music is transferred to the orchestra.
Funeral March (Dusk of the Gods)
SIEGFRIED has been hunting with Hagen,
Gunther, and the vassals, and they have paused to rest and refresh. Hagen, in pursuance of his sinister plot, has given Siegfried the draught of remembrance, anil memory, which the draught of forgetfulnoss obliterated, has come back to him. Innocently he relates how, before ho had met Gunther, lie had wooed and won Brynhildu. Gunther is appalled at his apparent treachery, so that when Hagen rises and mortally spears Siegfried from behind, it looks as though lie had done only justice. Thus his plot appears to have succeeded. The vassals take up the body of Siegfried and march off with it in slow procession. It is here that this magnificent Funeral March is heard.
Closing Scene (Dusk of the Gods)
THE Closing Scene of The Dusk of the Gods is also the end of The Ring Cycle. The body of Siegfried has been set upon a funeral pyre at Brynhilda's behest. She now calls for her horse, - Crane, and to some of the most superb music in the Cycle she pronounces Siegfried's epitaph and the doom of the gods. She takes the Ring from Siegfried's finger and places it on her own, then seizes a torch and fires the logs. Mounting her horse, she urges him forward and leaps with him into the flames. As the fire blazes and spreads to the Hall itself, the Rhine overflows its banks, bringing with it the Rhine Maidens who have come for the Ring. Hagen attempts to seize it from them and is drawn by them into the flood. Meanwhile, the flames seem to have spread to the heavens and have reached even the distant Castle of Valhalla, where Wotan, with the gods seated round him, is seen surrounded by the flames which presently destroy them all. The ' Curse ' has been fulfilled.


Conducted By:
Sir Henry Wood
Siegfried Idyll
Norman Allin

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Mr. G. PETERSON , Special Correspondent of The Times in India and Afghanistan : ' Through The Khyber to Kabul '
MR. PETERSON, for the last three years
Special Correspondent of The Times in India and Afghanistan, describes a recent journey he made in a small car from Peshawar, through the Khyber Pass, across the Jellalabad Plains, to Kabul, in what is believed to be the record time of ten hours. He was the first British journalist and the fifth Englishman to enter Afghanistan since the accession of King Nadir, who in 1929 succeeded Habibullah Ghazi , the water-carrier who had assumed power on the abdication of King Amanullah, who is now reported to be Working in an estate-agent's office in Rome. In Kabul Mr. Peterson was received by the King, saw him on parade with the small but efficient Afghan Army, and talked with many oi his subjects. This account of a journey through the Khyber Pass, the historic gateway to the plains of India, offers listeners another authentic picture of other people's lives in a peculiarly interesting part of the world.


Mr. G. Peterson
Habibullah Ghazi

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