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The National Music of America. 295
what society would undertake this reconciliation of art and bread-and-butter ? Would the government grant a subvention after the manner of Europe? Only a public-spirited man of great wealth could, by jeopardising part of his fortune, accomplish the devoutly-wished-for consummation. The man came; Henry L. Higginson, a prominent Boston banker, offered to found the ideal orchestra for Boston, a model too for the entire country.
Few can understand what such an undertaking meant; there was not only the almost certain deficit which would need to be made good during the first years of the enterprise, but there were sure to be a host of annoyances in ruling the new body, in bringing it into shape; cares and worries from which any man might well shrink.