Ukulele tour leaves them breathless

The Hawaiian Gazette of 11 September 1906 reported that members of the Hawaiian Royal Band and Glee Club were almost asphyxiated near Louisville, as they travelled by train. When they passed through a tunnel, the porter in their special car forgot to close the ventilators and windows in the carriage, and it was filled with ‘noxious gas and smoke’ (love those steam trains). It was thought that a minute longer in the tunnel might have reduced the band by half — as it was, several of the Hawaiians had to be helped from the carriage at Union station.

As to their musical performance the previous day:

The versatility of the Royal Hawaiian Band was shown yesterday by the ease with which they slipped from Strauss to Sousa, from Linke to Moret, from “Nakiri’s Wedding” to “The Wearing of the Green.” The Glee Club, with its quaint native instruments, the ukulele and taropatch, its superb fully blended voices and its superb tenor, John H. Ellis, caught the popular fancy at once and received encore after encore.

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