Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 18, Page 4

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 18, Page 4
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(1.19)ItTWI LIGHTHereunder is transcribed the third letter written by CaptainONeill to a correspondent in Ireland.Chicago, March 9th, 1912.I have no doubt you are wondering why I have laidmyself open to the charges of negligence or discourtesy.Although the delay was no doubt exasperating I couldnot have written intelligently much sooner. Quinsysore throat followed by infectious heumatism disabledme from before Christmas and until recently, but al-jthough I had the dozen of Patsy Touheys records readyI had my misgivings about sending them because Ithought there was some misunderstanding about themachine on which they were made.Yours came to hand less than two weeks ago. I couldnot find a Victor or Columbia phonog aph among myfriends, they all had the Edison cylinder machine,so I was obliged to go to Lyon and Healy music houseto test them this very day. They are pretty fairbetter in fact than I thought Andrews could plays judging by his ability when I heard him in 1906. Yourconsignment of Touhev Tunes were shipped just a weekago via United States Express Prepaid. Patsy announcedthe names himself so you have a record of his voice aswell. They were made in Sergt. Earlys residence andnow they are yours and I wish you luck with them forfew others are possible hereafter.Yesterday Bernard Delaney the smoothest and most rhyth-mic piper twas ever my lot to hear left Chicago toreside permanently at Ocean Springs on the Gulf ofMexico, 900 miles away. I picked him up in l 4almost penniless and surely .iohiess. He owns nowtwelve hundred pounds worth of property and draws apension of l1 a month. Touhey does not live inChicago but calls occasionally in his theatrical en-gagements. The 3 or L . others eft are only middling.Can you learn what Bishop of Limerick was a piper.Flood says Touhey. Ennis says QConnorAs Ive written the above without refreshing my memoryfrom your last I must continue although about to close.Mr. OMealir of Belfast may be a good piper but he is asupersensitive egotist, un justifiably sarcastic inreferring to possible rivals.Concerning Stephenson he was undoubtedly a great player,but not equal to Taylor of Philadelphia. When he visitedthis city with Ludivig many years ago, I did not hearhim but Sergt. Early did. He ranked him first class,best at hornpipes, but no better than Delaney and EddieJoyce, (Died at 21) in any other kind of music.Touheys records will not do him justice that I know asthe drones cant be heard although they were going andthe chanter is too sharp to get the best results. Onthe large auditoriums of American theatres a weakchanter would be too puny and the loud one is mellowed.
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