The earth moves, and ukuleles play

The San Francisco Call, 23 May 1906, reports that Captain Berger’s Royal Hawaiian Band will play in San Francisco.

Captain Berger has probably the largest Gee Club in the world, and its first concerts will be given in San Franciso for the relief of earthquake sufferers ….

There are forty-five members of the band. Ten of them played violin, three played cellos, two played bass viols and the rest were evenly divided between guitars and ukuleles. Nobody ever saw so many ukuleles being played at one time before and it was a surprising novelty even in Hawaii.

That last paragraph reads like cross between a joke and a year five maths question — “How many ukuleles played at once will surprise even an Hawaiian?”

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