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Cabinet Organ.—The piano now has a rival in the United States in that fine instrument which has grown from the melodeon into the cabinet organ. It seems to us peculiarly the instrument for men. We trust the time is at hand when it will be seen that it is not less desirable for boys to learn to play upon an instrument; and how much more a little skill in per­forming may do for a man than for a woman! A boy can hardly be a perfect savage, nor a man a mere money-maker, who has acquired sufficient command of an instrument to play upon it with pleasure. How often, when we have been listening to the swelling music of the cabinet organs at the warerooms of Mason and Hamlin, in Broadway, have we desired to put one of those instruments into every clerk's boarding-house room, and tell him to take all the ennui, and half the peril, out of his life by learning
to play upon it! No business man who works as iBf tensely as we do, can keep alive the celestial harmon­ies within him,—no, nor the early wrinkles from hU face,—without some such pleasant mingling of bodily rest and mental exercise as playing upon an instru? ment. The simplicity of the means by which music is produced from the cabinet organ is truly remarka­ble. It is called a "reed" instrument; which leads many to suppose that the canehrake is despoiled to procure its sound-giving apparatus. Not so. The reed employed is nothing but a thin strip of brass with a tongue slit in it, the vibration of which causes the musical sound. One of the reeds, though it pro­duces a volume of sound only surpassed by the pipes, of an organ, weighs about an ounce, and can be carried in a vest-pocket. In fact, a cabinet organ ij simply an accordion of immense power and improved
HEAVILY WEARS THE DAY.
Softly, and with much feeling. _
mechanism. Twenty years ago, one of our melo-deon-makers chanced to observe that the accordion produced a better tone when it was drawn out than when it was pushed in; and this fact suggested the first great improvement in the melodeon. Before that time, the wind from the bellows, in all melodeons, was forced thro' the reeds. At this point of development, the instrument was taken up and covered with im­provements, making it one of the most pleasing musical instruments in the possession of mankind. When we remarked above, that the American piano is the best in the world, we expressed only the opinion of others, but now that we assert the superiority of American Cabinet organs over similar instruments made in Lon­don and Paris, we are communicating knowledge of our own. Indeed, the superiority is so marked that it is ap-
parent to the merest tyro in music. In the new towns of the great West, the cabinet organ is usually the first instrument of music to arrive, and, of late years, it takes its place with the piano in the fashionable drawing-rooms of the Atlantic States.—James Partem. The first effect of culture in its most popular form-scientific knowledge—is sometimes to unsettle faith and unchurch the souls of men. The remedy for this moral and religious unsettling lies, not in a cowardly retreat from knowledge, but in a manful advance into a larger knowledge. The higher up in the scale of humanity a people stands, the profounder its homage to the moral law. Fire the poet or painter or musician with the pas­sion of patriotism, the enthusiasm of humanity, the wor­ship of the infinite and eternal God, and you will get the work which shall prove immortal.—-R. H. Newton. .
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