15 April 1907

  • The Königliche Oper’s production of Salome is being performed tonight. The Paris premiere of the opera next month will also have Emmy Destinn in the title role and Strauss as the conductor.
  • The Komische Oper has already departed for London, where they will give a run of Hoffmanns Erzählungen.
  • Arthur Abell had some final gossip about the Monte Carlo Opera visit and the Kaiser’s continuing distaste for Salome:

Emperor William gave a lunch at his palace to which Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Leroux, the Prince of Monaco, Raoul Gunsbourg, von Hülsen and numbers of diplomats were invited. His Majesty was in excellent spirits, and from 1 to 4 o’clock he chatted with his distinguished musical guests in a most genial manner, touching on every subject except politics. He expressed himself as especially well pleased with the work of the Monte Carlo Opera singers; he spoke at length on music in general, remarking on its modern tendencies and expressing opinions by no means favorable to a well known local composer; he said he was much dissatisfied with certain works of modern composers, and that “complicated and decadent music spun about perverse themes” was not at all to his taste. Das war deutlich! This he said after having heard ‘Salome,’ for the Prince of Monaco succeeded in doing what no one else could do, namely, in persuading the Emperor to attend a ‘Salome’ performance.

Musical Courier LIV no.19 (May 8, 1907): 5.
  • There are three voice recitals tonight:
  • Soprano Susanne Dessoir’s popular Liederabend, with Bruno Hinze-Reinhold, piano.
  • Klara Schäffer, with Eduard Behm.
  • Gertrud Langbein, with Karl Kämpf.
  • In other theaters:
  • Lortzing: Der Mikado
  • Theater des Westens: Die lustige Witwe
  • Central: Wiener Blut
  • Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche

In other news

Both the Vossische Zeitung and the Tageblatt had the same substantial story about a hapless would-be criminal whose head had been stuffed full of crime novels and detective stories. He had been arrested and gave a full confession:

Emil Buhse, who was a railway car cleaner, would find books left behind by passengers, which he took home and read eagerly, especially the crime and detective stories of Nick Carter, Buffalo Bill and similar figures. He went to see “Sherlock Holmes” at Ferdinand Bonn’s Berlin theater, and this led him to come up with a plan to quit his job and become a professional thief. He worked at the Schlesische Bahnhof but thought Bahnhof Eichkamp in Grunewald would fit in more with his plans. With a Teschingpistole (a small caliber pistol) the slight lad, not even medium height and with an unimpressive, beardless face, hardly looked like the head of a criminal gang, even after he got himself a nice black frock coat with money he had stolen. When he went to Grunewald to practice shooting crows, he came across an unemployed young house servant named Richter, which seemed like destiny. Buhse knew he didn’t have the courage to try something on his own, but Richter could be his sidekick, and surely as a former servant he had insider knowledge of important things. So, in order to impress him, he invented the “Society of the Black Masks,” but in this case it wasn’t masks, rather Teschingpistols that were their symbol. After he swore him in to the society he fired a shot over Richter’s head and gave him a snake-shaped enamel pin, which was actually Buhse’s tie pin that he had worn for ages. The second symbol, a red and black checked scarf, would only be bestowed at the meeting of the whole society. What happened with Richter has already been related in an earlier news item….Buhse thought he would do a caper by himself, of going to a Wannsee villa with a revolver and threatening to blackmail someone. The only villa in Wannsee that let him in belonged to a patent lawyer. The maid told him that the lawyer was in his office on Luisenstr. He went there straightaway, but there was a sign on the door indicating that he had moved his office to Königgrätzerstr. But when he got to the new address, the office had closed and the lawyer had left. So Buhse took a look around and saw a business across the street belonging to a Herr Tidemand. When he shot at Tidemand as he opened the door, the man dragged him to the window and was going to throw him out. Trying to prevent this Buhse fired again, but only hit his own hand.

Vossische Zeitung, Abend-Ausgabe, 15 April 1907, pp. 11-12, and Berliner Tageblatt, Morgen-Ausgabe, 15 April 1907, p. 5. (lightly paraphrased and condensed)

The moral of the story, according to the Tageblatt, is that it is dangerous to read thrillers.


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