Harmony on the Steamer

“My impression was that a picnic party on a Skaneateles steamer shouts no more, keeps better time, breaks into truer harmony and sustains the parts better than any group of singers we heard in Germany.”

— Henry L. Taylor, “Helpful Suggestions from European Schools,” State of New York, Department of Public Instruction, Forty-Ninth Annual Report of the State Superintendent, 1903.

Mr. Taylor’s comment appears to have been prompted by a Sunday evening supper in Munich, when his table was surrounded by beer-drinking, smoking singers.

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