The furor which Ignace Jan Paderewski created in the musical world of 1890 heralded a great artist. Today he fulfills the traditional threescore years and ten of human life. This seventieth birthday of a great pianist is not bounded by reminiscence. Boston would still throng the concert hall to hear Paderewski play.
This man who, in his own words, has "fought some good battles" is less known in this country as a statesman than as a musician. Yet it was he who in 1914 collected capital in the United States for the benefit of oppressed Poland. It was mainly due to his efforts that Wilson talked in 1917 of a "united, independent, and autonomous Poland." It was he who became Prime Minister of his native land in 1919. He shall be long remembered for giving the devotion of genius to a cause that he helped make triumphant, to an art which he helped make magnificent.