AMONG the strange outcomes of the war there is none stranger than the latest achievement of M. Paderewski. A virtuoso of worldwide celebrity, the great pianist is now leading an anti-German revolt in Prussian Poland, his beloved country to whose interests he has devoted himself ever since the war began. The seat of the revolt is Posen, the capital of Prussian Poland, a city always intensely hostile to Prussia. Its inhabitants, long oppressed, have waited patiently for the day when their deliverance would come. That day seems to be dawning, but it has begun, as such days commonly begin, with fighting and bloodshed. They have risen in their thousands against the German soldiery, and put the city under martial law. The authorities in Berlin complain of what they call the ill-treatment of their compatriots in Posen, and talk of strong military action, but how to proceed they appear not to have decided. It is just like them to raise an outcry when the tables are turned against themselves. Those whom they oppress must meekly submit to the will of their oppressors. It is quite another matter when they find themselves in the position of the oppressed. M. Paderewski’s Impromptu is a sort of music that is not to their liking. We hope that its finale will take the form of a Triumphal March.
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