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Job: Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 1905 Comment: View in Trove

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PERSONAL. M. Loon Caron, tho well-known musical PERSONAL. M. Leon Caron, the well-known musical
conductor, died at tho Groshain Hotel, near conductor, died at the Gresham Hotel, near
tho Town Hall, at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. the Town Hall, at 2 o'clock yesterday morning.
Towards the end of tho Gllbcrt Sulllvan season, Towards the end of the Gilbert Sullivan season,
which terminated at her Majesty's Theatro which terminated at her Majesty's Theatre
last February, M. Caron suffered from a severe last February, M. Caron suffered from a severe
attack of dropsy, and when ho courageously attack of dropsy, and when he courageously
insisted upon embark- ing with the company insisted upon embark- ing with the company
for New Zealand, few people thought lie would for New Zealand, few people thought he would
reach that country alive. After two operations, reach that country alive. After two operations,
however, ho re- covered sufficiently to resume however, he recovered sufficiently to resume
work for a time, but eventually it was deemed work for a time, but eventually it was deemed
better that ho should return for rest in Sydney. better that he should return for rest in Sydney.
Ho arrived here about ten days ago, and although He arrived here about ten days ago, and although
a further operation was successfully per- a further operation was successfully performed
formed by his medical adviser. Dr. M'Carthy, by his medical adviser. Dr. M'Carthy,
ho gradually sank. By his death Mr. J. C. Wil- he gradually sank. By his death Mr. J. C. Williamson
liamson loses his principal musical conductor, loses his principal musical conductor,
and tho genial French musician will be widely and the genial French musician will be widely
mourned. Ho conducted tho Royal Comic Opera mourned. He conducted the Royal Comic Opera
Company for many yoars, and must havo directed Company for many years, and must have directed
a repertoire of somo two score different works. a repertoire of some two score different works.
M. Leon Caron was born in 1S50 at Boulogno-sur-Mor, M. Leon Caron was born in 1850 at Boulogne-sur-Mer,
where ho studied music under Alexandre Gullmant, where he studied music under Alexandre Guilmant,
and the first of tho world's organists corresponded and the first of the world's organists corresponded
with him affectionately throughout his life. with him affectionately throughout his life.
M. Caron's talent was so remarkable that ho M. Caron's talent was so remarkable that he
was sent by the Boulogne Municipal Council was sent by the Boulogne Municipal Council
to tho rnrlB Conservatoire, whore ho won distinc- to the Paris Conservatoire, where he won distinc-
tion as a violinist and composer, but tho close tion as a violinist and composer, but the close
ol' his studios was broken by the outbreak of of his studios was broken by the outbreak of
the war with Germany. This was an un- fortunate the war with Germany. This was an unfortunate
crisis for the students, as the Prix do Rome, crisis for the students, as the Prix de Rome,
for which young Caron stood In with two others for which young Caron stood In with two others
for tho committee's final award, was not bestowed for the committee's final award, was not bestowed
that year (1S70). M. Caron ¡ fled to London during that year (1873). M. Caron ¡ fled to London during
the Commune, and I was engaged as first violin the Commune, and I was engaged as first violin
of Riviere's or ¡ diestra at the Alliambra Theatre; of Riviere's or a desire at the Alhambra Theatre;
and 12 months later he Joined the famouB orchestra and 12 months later he joined the famous orchestra
of Thcodoro Thomas in America, and ro ' mained of Theodore Thomas in America, and re ' mained
with it until it was disbanded after i the Philadelphia with it until it was disbanded after the Philadelphia
Exhibition in 1876. At tho 1 end of that year Exhibition in 1876. At the end of that year
M. Caron made his dobut 1 at tho Melbourne Opera M. Caron made his debut at the Melbourne Opera
House, and thon ac capted the post of conductor House, and then accepted the post of conductor
of Lystor's Grand Italian Opera Company, which of Lyster's Grand Italian Opera Company, which
ho dl I rected until 1880. A littlo later M. Caron he di I rected until 1880. A little later M. Caron
won the prize of 100 guinoas offered by the 1 won the prize of 100 guineas offered by the 1
Commissioners of tho Mclbourno International Commissioners of the Melbourne International
Exhibition for an original cantata, and his Exhibition for an original cantata, and his
, "Victoria" was accordingly performed under "Victoria" was accordingly performed under
his direction by a ehorus of 1000 voices and his direction by a chorus of 100 voices and
an orchestra of 125 players at the ceremonious an orchestra of 125 players at the ceremonious
' opening of tho Exhibition on October 1, 1880. opening of the Exhibition on October 1, 1880.
After tho Exhibition M. Caron, a3 conductor After the Exhibition M. Caron, as conductor
of English opora, produced for tho first time of English opera, produced for the first time
] in Australia in English, "Carmen," "Mlg I ] in Australia in English, "Carmen," "Mlg I
non," "Paul et Virginie" (by Victor Masse), non," Paulet Virginie" (by Victor Masse),
1 "Fra DIa%'olo," "Roso of Castile," and many 1 "Fra Diavolo," "Rose of Castile," and many
' other works. Slnco April, 1889, when ho directed ' other works. Since April, 1889, when he directed
tho first performance of "The Yeo mon of tho the first performance of "The Yeomen of the
Guard," M. Caron's energy and talent maintained Guard," M. Caron's energy and talent maintained
tho high musical efficiency for which the Royal the high musical efficiency for which the Royal
Comic Opera Company became celebrated under Comic Opera Company became celebrated under
his baton. During his long career in Australia, his baton. During his long career in Australia,
tho late M. Loon Caron married the Tasmanian the late M. Leon Caron married the Tasmanian
soprano. Miss Tasma Sherwin, nearly related soprano. Miss Tasma Sherwin, nearly related
to Mme. Amy Sherwin. Mme. Caron, who nursed to Mme. Amy Sherwin. Mme. Caron, who nursed
her hus-| ban devotedly to tho last, and their her house ban devotedly to the last, and their
youug, daughter Irma, who mado her stago dobut young, daughter Irma, who made her stage debut
this year as tho midshlpmlto lu "H.M.S. Pinafore," this year as the midshipmite In "H.M.S. Pinafore,"
survive tho esteemed musician. The Chief Secretary, survive the esteemed musician. The Chief Secretary,
Mr. Hogue, accompan- ied by Mr. Hugh M'Donald, Mr. Hogue, accompanied by Mr. Hugh M'Donald,
M.L.A., will leave this evening for Warren, M.L.A., will leave this evening for Warren,
where the former will'to-morrow officially where the former will to-morrow officially
open tho annual show of tho Warren Agricultural open the annual show of the Warren Agricultural
and Pastoral So- ciety. Mr. Hoguo will receive and Pastoral Society. Mr. Hogue will receive
a number of deputations with regard to local a number of deputations with regard to local
wants, and returns to Sydney on Friday morning. wants, and returns to Sydney on Friday morning.
On tho following day the Chief Secretary, with On the following day the Chief Secretary, with
Mr. Dick., M.LA., honorary Minister, will Mr. Dick., MLA., honorary Minister, will
proceed to Newcastle, to altond the golden proceed to Newcastle, to attend the golden
jublloo of the Grand United Order of Oddfel- jubilee of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows.
lows. Mr. J. B. Labatt, an engineer representing Mr. J. B. Labatt, an engineer representing
"tho South Australian Government in the mat- "the South Australian Government in the matter
ter of the distribution of tho waters of tho of the distribution of the waters of the
Murray River, returns to Adelaide by to- night's Murray River, returns to Adelaide by to-night's
oxpress. Mr. Labatt has been en- gaged for the express. Mr. Labatt has been engaged for the
past two months collating in- formation in past two months collating information in
this State for tho guldunco of his Government. this State for the guidance of his Government.
The dato of tho doparturo of «io Primo Minister The date of the departure of the Prime Minister
for Queensland Is not yot definitely fixed, for Queensland is not yet definitely fixed,
but it will probably bo early next week. His but it will probably be early next week. His
itinerary is not yet marked out. Mr. P. H. Rogers, itinerary is not yet marked out. Mr. P. H. Rogers,
B.A., of St. Andrew's Col- lege, who has been B.A., of St. Andrew's College, who has been
awarded a Rhodes scholarship, haB had a brilliant awarded a Rhodes scholarship, has had a brilliant
scholastic career. Ho won tho Coutts scholarship scholastic career. He won the Courts scholarship
at his entrance into tho college, and by securing at his entrance into the college, and by securing
a Ilr3t-clnss each year at the final oxamfna a first-class each year at the final examinations
tions, qualified himself tor the Gordon scholarships, qualified himself for the Gordon scholarships,
which he thus gained for the two remaining years which he thus gained for the two remaining years
of his courso. At a meeting hold at Hor Majesty's of his course. At a meeting held at Her Majesty's
Theatre, | Melbourne, yesterday, arrangements Theatre, Melbourne, yesterday, arrangements
woro made with regard to the complimentary were made with regard to the complimentary
bene- fit to bo given to Mr. and Mrs. G. B. W. Lewis, benefit to be given to Mr. and Mrs. G. B. W. Lewis,
on Juno 8. Mr. J. C. Williamson, who pro aided, on June 8. Mr. J. C. Williamson, who presided,
Bald the thoatrical profession was splendid said the theatrical profession was splendid
when one possessed youth and health, and success when one possessed youth and health, and success
was,mot with; but a different pic turo was presented was mot with; but a different picture was presented
when a member of the profession grew old and when a member of the profession grew old and
bocamo tho victim of unmerited misfortune, became the victim of unmerited misfortune,
as in tho case of Mr. Lewis, who had reached tho as in tho case of Mr. Lewis, who had reached the
ago of 87 years. The late Mr. A. M. Smidmore, age of 87 years. The late Mr. A. M. Smidmore,
of Wentworth Falls, loft an estate valued at of Wentworth Falls, left an estate valued at
£133,375, and upon this stamp duty has been £133,375, and upon this stamp duty has been
paid amount- ing to £13,33-1 10s. Mr. William paid amount- ing to 213 331 10s. Mr. William
Henry Monk, brother of Mr. Cyril Monk, tho violinist, Henry Monk, brother of Mr. Cyril Monk, the violinist,
has been appointed organist to Saint Jude's has been appointed organist to Saint Jude's
Church of England, I Randwick, lately vacant. Church of England, I Randwick, lately vacant.