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White House - Royal And Titled Guests
A SCORE or more of members of the royal families of various countries, together with perhaps a hundred titled foreigners of distinction, have been guests at the White House during the one hundred and eight years of its existence. Among these was the Prince of Wales, now King Edward VII., of England, who for one week was a guest of President Buchanan at the White House.
White House - Prince Of Wales And General Lafayette
PROBABLY the highest ranking royal visitor that ever entered the White House was the Prince of Wales, now King Edward VII., of England. In the autumn of 1860, the Prince arrived in Washington, and spent a week at the White House as the guest of President Buchanan. He was entertained with honors of a kind never before lavished upon a guest of the nation.
White House - When Diplomats Pay Their Respects
ONE of the most important duties of a President and his wife is that of receiving the accredited Ministers and Ambassadors representing foreign nations and rulers. Every courtesy is paid to these diplomats from abroad ; an ambassador being entitled to the courtesies which would be paid to the Kings, Queens or Presidents whom they represent.
Sunday And The Bible At The White House
SUNDAY at the White House has from the beginning always been observed not only as a day of rest, but also as a day on which the Presidents, as the representatives of the active Christians of America, permitted nothing to come to pass within the walls of the mansion that was not thoroughly consistent with the most rigid decorum. Washington always attended divine service on Sunday.
Church-going Of The Presidents
All the Presidents, as well as all the members of their families, have been most punctilious in the matter of church going. George Washington was a zealous member of the Protestant Episcopal Church and rarely ever missed divine service.
Charities Of The White House Tenants
CHARITY, as well as piety, has been a marked characteristic of every 'First Gentlemen' and every 'First Lady' in the White House. In respect to helping others, each President might justly be called a Lord Bountiful, while each lady became in fact known as Lady Bountiful. President Washington always gave bountifully to the poor and all his gifts were voluntary, for he prided himself on doing his work for the needy ahead of solicitation.
Recreations Of The Presidents
THE recreations and pastimes of the Presidents have ever been of special interest to the sport loving American people. In their eagerness to Iearn of White House events, newspaper readers have never ceased to search for news of the ways and means adopted by the Presidents of the United States to secure recreation, exercise or amusement either in or out-of-doors.
Presidential Horses, Carriages And Stables
WE READ little about the White House stables, yet many incidents of interest have occurred relating to the horses and carriages of the President as well as in relation to coachmen and grooms. How are the White House stables maintained? Who pays for the official horses and carriages?
Presidential Farewells
STORIES of the varying conditions under which the Presidents left the White House, after a residence there of four or eight years, or for shorter or longer terms, are interesting in the extreme. Each President's manner of farewell to his official home in Washington depended upon his temperament or upon his success in office.
Died In The White House
IS NOT one of the three martyred Presidents died within the walls of the White House, this chapter is given up to those masters, mistresses and their relatives and friends who perished in that historic home. Of the five Presidents who died in their term of office three were the martyred ones.
Passing Of The Three Martyred Presidents
A STRANGE coincidence it is that on the day on which President Lincoln was shot, by a fanatic at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, he came to a Cabinet meeting in the White House and said to his advisors, 'Last night, gentlemen, I had a strange dream and I am, today, oppressed with a presentiment of evil.' A few hours later Lincoln lay dead in a house opposite the theatre.
White House - Our Twenty-seventh President
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT will be welcomed at the White House on the fourth of March, 1909, as the twenty-seventh President of the United States. The nation will hail him as the one man who has received more of 'specialized' training for his high office than any other Chief Executive in our history.
The Oratorio
THE oratorio in its modern form is a musical setting of a sacred story or text in a style more or less dramatic. Its various parts are assigned to the four solo voices and to single or double chorus, with accompaniment of full orchestra, sometimes amplified by the Organ.
Johann Sebastian Bach
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, the most eminent of the world's organ-players and contrapuntists, was born at Eisenach, March 21, 1685, and was the most illustrious member of a long line of musicians, the Bach family having been famous almost from time immemorial for its skill in music.
GENERAL sketch of the life and musical accomplishments of Beethoven has already appeared in the companion to this work, The Standard Operas. In this connection, however, it seems eminently fitting that some attention should be paid to the religious sentiments of the great composer and the sacred works which he produced.
William Sterndale Bennett
WILLIAM STERNDALE BENNETT, one of the most gifted and individual of Enghsh composers, was born at Sheffield, April 13, 1816. His musical genius displayed itself early, and in his tenth year he was placed in the Royal Academy of Music, of which in his later years he became principal.
Hector Berlioz
HECTOR BERLIOZ, one of the most renowned of modern French composers, and an acute critic and skilful conductor as well, was born, Dec. 11, 1803, at La Côte St. André, in France. His father was a physician, and intended him for the same profession.
Johannes Brahms
JOHANNES BRAHMS, one of the most eminent of living German composers, was born at Hamburg, May 7, 1833. His father was a double-bass player in the orchestra in that city, and devoted his son at a very early age to his own profession.
Michael Costa
MICHAEL COSTA, the eminent conductor and composer, was born at Naples, Feb.4, 1810. Having displayed musical aptitude at a very early age, he was placed in the Royal Academy of Music.
Anton Dvorak
ANTON DVORAK, the Bohemian composer who has risen so suddenly into prominence, was born at Mülhausen, near Prague, Sept. 8, 1841. His father combined the businesses of tavern-keeper and butcher, and young Dvorak assisted him in waiting upon customers, as well as in the slaughtering business.
Charles Francois Gounod
CHARLES FRANCOIS GOUNOD was born in Paris, June 17, 1818. His fame has been made world-wide by the extraordinary success of his opera Faust, and yet more than almost any other operatic composer of modern times he has devoted himself to sacred music.
George Frederick Handel
GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL was born at Halle, in Lower Saxony, Feb. 23, 1685, and, like many another composer, revealed his musical promise at a very early age, only to encounter parental opposition.
Joseph Haydn
JOSEPH HAYDN, the creator of the symphony and the stringed quartet, was born at Rohrau, a little Austrian village on the river Leitha, March 31, 1732. His father was a wheelwright and his mother a cook, in service with Count Harrach.
Franz Liszt
FRANZ LISZT, the most eminent pianist of his time, who also obtained world-wide celebrity as a composer and orchestral conductor, was born at Raiding, Hungary, Oct. 22, 1811. His father was an accomplished amateur, and played the piano and violoncello with more than ordinary skill.
Book Making And Book Selling
PAPER is made in Japan of the bark of the true paper-tree, after the following manner. Every year when the leaves are fallen off, or in the tenth Japanese month, which commonly answers to our December, the young shoots, which are very succulent, are cut off into sticks about 3 feet long...
Making Paper From Linen
In your magazine for May, 1762, an account of the first making paper from linen rags being desired, your inserting the following account will oblige your correspondent...
On The Bad Composition Of Paper
Allow me to call the attention of your readers to the present state of that wretched compound called paper. Every printer will corroborate my testimony ; and I am only astonished that the interesting question has been so long neglected and forgotten.
Early Use Of Paper In England
Mr. Hallam, in his Introduction to the Literature of Europe, has summed up the authorities that fix the date of the introduction of paper into Europe as a vehicle of writing—a question he very justly distinguishes apart from its invention...
Foolscap Paper
Enclosed I send you half a sheet of foolscap paper, whereby I presume its title is defined from the watermark. It may perhaps be worth while to note this in your Magazine (see Plate II., fig. 4); and at the same time to ask whence arises the water-mark of three balls suspended from a triangle...
Having lately had occasion to search several Parochial Registers, I found the earliest in date, in almost every instance, the most legible. This is undoubtedly owing to the care or better method of preparing ink in former times than the present.
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