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winter see, not one but two prosperous
tions which condemned the stage to poverty opera houses, and Von Weber and Beetho in an age opulent in resources. It may be ven will become as familiar to us as Ros- very true that Garrick was a greater actor sini and Verdi, Bellini and Donizetti. than any man now living; but Garrick's
Indifferent to music we certainly have greatness had no mysterious affinities with not shown ourselves to be. Nor need the bobwigs and green baize carpets. The drama drama dwindle and die out among us for appeals to the living generation, and if the lack of the vital air of popular interest. hearts of the living generation are to be The splendid success of Mademoiselle reached by the appeals of the actor, these Rachel sufficiently shows that any really appeals must be made in forms and through admirable dramatic artist might safely shows which will not revolt the taste, or count upon discriminating admiration, and fail to fill the eyes of the living generacordial sympathy from our audiences, and tion. the three theatres which profess to furnish We are persuaded that it is always toleras with dramatic entertainments would ably safe to assume that in a great communiunquestionably receive a much more gener- ty, like ours of New York, there is more of ous support than they now command, if taste and feeling latent than bas yet been the managers would put confidence in the touched, and every artist in whatever art really advancing tastes of the community, will find his accoant in that assumption. and would elevate the standard of their That mysterious and incomprehensible plays and their performances to the level entity the public" is quite as often sinned of the public demand. The truth is, our against as sinning, and it is quite as possimanagers do not seem to understand that ble for those who would reach the public, the decay into which the stage fell a few to miss their aim by striking below the years since, was due to a decline in the
average of the public intelligence or aside character of the stage itself rather than to of it, as by striking above it. the indifference of its patrons. Every In thinking upon these matters, we are good actor who has appeared during the often reminded of an old school committee last winter, and every attempt at the pro man in a New England town, who used to per production of a good play has been
to say in answer to complaints of the dullmet with anything but indifference on the ness and inattention of the scholars, “ boys part of the critics and of the public. are bad and stupid I know, and so are Which of our managers will be the first to girls," (the wretch !) “ but I have generally avail bimself of the abundant indication found that a clever teacher, somehow or which this winter has afforded of a desire other, made a clever school.” on the part of the public for a really high Vhen we consider how enthralling are toned, well administered, and satisfactory the mere material pursuits into which the theatre?
fierce competition and the unspiritual temSome of the London critics, and some, per of our times urge the vast majority too, of our own have made themselves very even of our educated classes, we own that merry over Mr. Charles Kean’s magnifi we are continually surprised at the vivacent" realisms" at the Princess's ; but city rather than at the feebleness of the would it not be as well for Mr. Wallack, or interest which can be excited in such a Miss Keene, or Mr. Burton to emulate with community as ours, by objects which appeal discretion tbe perhaps extravagant atten to the finer and higher nature of man. How tion to every detail of effect and of attrac- impressive, in this respect, was the feeling tion which Mr. Kean has been bestowing aroused among us by that atrocious outrage upon bis stage? The sufficient answer to upon decency, justice, and freedom, which this question, it seems to us, is to be found has made the present session of our Nain the success which has attended Mr.
tional Congress infamously memorable ! Kean's experiments, a success utterly un After all that has been dinned into our exampled in the recent history of the ears of declamation against the debasing theatre. Whatever may be Mr. Kean's influences of trade and city life, who could faults and foibles, this much at least is have expected to see such a sight as was certain, that he has treated bis profession presented in the Tabernacle, when citizens with the respect due from every artist to of every class and calling met together, bis art, he has trampled upon the tradi not by hundrede, but by thousands, to utter
the voice of New York in indignant con of a riper literature, the fruits of that undemnation of the cowardly violence which obtrusive zeal and industry which are had stricken down an American Senator in steadily building up for us a mighty storehis seat, and prostrated the honor of a state house of the seeds of thought, and it is long renowned for chivalrous gallantry? pleasant to see that those who can best anTradesmen and men of fashion, scbolars ticipate the future, must justly estimate and lawyers, politicians and preachers, the labors which prepare it. " theoretical” men and “practical" men, Nor, since we are to-day in the mood of caught from each other the glow of a praising, should we slight the stately show healthy manhood, and it was not possible that glittered over all the Bay when the to stand in that atmosphere without a yachtsmen went forth, " sailing and to kindling sense that whenever freedom and sail.” Just for their beauty alone, those honor spoke, the heart of the busy me light, swift, careering vessels, pressing so tropolis would answer as the war-horse an closely one upon another in emulous flight swers the trumpet. One such experience over the glancing waters, sometimes with must forever dissipate the vulgar fancy the swaying, graceful movement of birds, that industry makes men ignoble; that the sometimes leaping suddenly, like racers at refinement of the intelligence absorbs the the touch of the spur, (one could not help the grand old instincts of manliness; that com fancy,) seeming instinct with the healthy merce makes cowards of us all.
passion of the human wills that guided But we touch on matters of an interest their course, and ardent as their owners in too painful and too passionate for us to the generous rivalry, just for their beauty treat them here. Yet was not this passing they were a pleasant sight for our eyes to allusion incongruous with our theme, for rest on when we cease from our talking with Schiller we believe that the root of together. But when you reflect how those all things beautiful is in the moral senti- light yachts are in a manner the studies for meats and the generous impulses of men ; the grand triumphant miracles of naval and it revives our confidence in the intel art which bear the glory of our nautical lectual destiny of America, for us to find genius and courage and skill, into every how warm and living in our people are sea, the pleasant spectacle assumes a highthe great qualities that constitute a state. er claim, and takes upon itself something
It was our purpose still further to bave of the old Olympic quality. illustrated the growth of New York into Not that the yachtsmen fancied any such metropolitan dignity, and its worthiness to thing, or supposed themselves contending fill that high and useful post, by some in the sight of all assembled Greece. In words with you upon the state of the fine fact we doubt whether most of them 80 arts and of literature among us, but these much as thought of Greece, or national are themes too vast and noble to be dis games, or even of the many lovely eyes missed in a paragraph, and, as we hope to that watched their fine contention from the meet you again one of these days, we shall decks of exclusive steamers, or the beights not touch upon them now. Else would we of promiscuous headlands! Their souls bave bid you mark, as a good and graceful were in their sails that day, we opine, and sign of the temper of our city, the quiet and just as wholly there as was the soul of Hohearty homage rendered during the past race in the trifles which he meditated, month, by some of the best and wisest of walking on the Sacred Way. Nor are they our citizens, to the accomplished and en to be the worse considered for that. A ergetic gentleman to whom we are so large- good hearty manly excitement it is, that ly indebted for the present usefulness and of a yachting race, and we most devoutly the noble promise of our finest library. wish that of this and kindred masculine The day is not far distant, when all the sports our world of New York were a bunland will begin to reap in the rich harvests dred times more fond than it is!
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