This Transcript story tallies with others till we read the fourth paragraph, which makes it appear that the piano of Princess Amelia had been organized prior to Jonas Chickering's first sight of it, 1817, in New Ipswich.
How correct it may be we cannot say. It was written fifty years after Chickering's first sight.
No other writer mentions the organizing save the brief mention in the Chickering catalogue of 1902, which assigns a later date than 1817.
Neither Dr. Hale nor Louis Elson, who were speakers at the eightieth anniversary exercises of the Chickering Company, alluded to anything of the kind as existing at that early time.
We are inclined to the idea that the look of astonishment and wonder attributed to the young apprentice is purely an embellishment by the newspaper writer.
As to the next paragraph and Mr. Chickering's advice, we will say this: From several examinations we have made, we conclude that at some time subsequent to its organizing his advice was