‘Such Friends’ 100 Years Ago, June 1910…

In Ireland…

…The Gaelic League, founded by Douglas Hyde, 50, 17 years ago, is getting mixed reviews.

A few months ago, Irish newspapers are pointing out that membership has declined so much that some branches can’t afford to pay their Irish teachers anymore.

But now, in June, the same papers are announcing the League’s growth. The Roscommon Herald notes that the organization is

‘Getting along wonderfully after all.’

And the Westmeath Independent reports that

‘The advance of the Gaelic League in county Westmeath in the past two years has been phenomenal.’

As proof, the Midland feis, a traditional celebration of Irish culture, is about to be held in Mullingar.

The League’s resurgence can perhaps be attributed to a recent campaign by Hyde and the Irish Nationalist Party to make Gaelic required for entrance to the new national university.

Hyde has recently been made Professor of Modern Irish at University College Dublin, and has distanced his League from the nationalism of the Abbey Theatre. He was one of the theatre’s founders with his friends W B Yeats, just turned 45, and Lady Augusta Gregory, 58, who are still theater directors.

In England…

…In London, Virginia Stephen, 28, is not well. She has recently returned from a holiday in Canterbury with her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, just turned 31, Vanessa’s husband, art critic Clive, 28, and their son Julian, 16 months. Vanessa consults a London doctor about her sister’s health and Virginia is packed off to a nursing home in Twickenham.

Vanessa keeps herself busy with ‘The Friday Club,’ which she and Clive have started to showcase her work and that of her artist friends. This month, she has two still lifes in their exhibit at the Alpine Gallery, along with three by their fellow Bloomsbury, Duncan Grant, 25. Vanessa buys Duncan’s painting, The Lemon Gatherers.

…In Dover, Charles Stewart Rolls, 32, one of the two founders of the Rolls-Royce manufacturing company, becomes the first person to fly round trip—Dover to Sangatte to Dover—across the English Channel. One month later he becomes the first Englishman to be killed in a flying accident.

In France…

…American ex-patriates Gertrude Stein, 36, and Alice B. Toklas, 33, are getting ready to leave Paris with Gertrude’s brother, Leo, 38, to spend the summer in Perugia, Italy.

…The ballet The Firebird premieres, written by composer Igor Stravinsky, 28, commissioned by Serge Diaghilev, 38, for his Ballets Russes. Choreographed by Michel Fokine, 30, Firebird is the first score written totally for the Ballets Russes.

Stravinsky has left his home in Russia to travel to Paris for the first time. At the premiere, no riots break out, but Stravinsky’s score is such a big hit, he becomes Diaghilev’s star composer. Within the next three years they collaborate on Petrushka and The Rites of Spring.

In America…

…In New York City, aviator Charles Hamilton, 24, makes the first round trip flight from New York to Philadelphia to New York.

Heywood Broun, 21, is hired by the Morning Telegraph for $20 per week. He has been living with his parents since he left Harvard, unable to graduate because he flunked French.

But, like many others, Broun has developed his writing skills at Harvard in the classes of Professor Charles Townsend Copeland, 50. Broun has decided on a career in journalism because it is considered a low paid back up occupation for young men of the upper middle class who haven’t managed to finish college.

…And, for a perfect ending, short story writer O. Henry, 47, dies.


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