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Genius In Madness ~ Hans Albert
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: May 19, 2004 at 21:40:41
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, January 19, 1905

'The Noted Violinist Indulges in Queer Antics While Giving Concert at Wayne, Nebraska.'
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HANS ALBERT, the gifted violinist, who has delighted Chariton audiences with his wonderful mastery of the violin, has been adjudged insane and ordered confined in the asylum at Lincoln, Neb. The Courier at Ottumwa, says:

The wonderful power of the violin in the hands of a mad violinist has been the pet theme of novelists time and time again but it has remained for an audience at Wayne, Neb. to sit under the weird spell of a veritable madman's concert and this man no other than the erratic and gifted HANS ALBERT.

HANS ALBERT, who has been living in Omaha for some time, arrived in Wayne, Neb., on Monday and in the evening gave a concert in the Methodist Episcopal Church in that city. Accounts state that he appeared a raving maniac, but in his madness he played as no sane man could play. The audience sat entranced and scarcely moved until the last note died away. HANS, while playing is declared to have flitted about the stage like a dancing girl and to have kept time to his weird melodies with fantastic step.

FRANK PORTER, landlord of the Boyd Hotel, after the concert, swore out an insanity information against ALBERT, declaring he had tried to kill four of his guests.

Tuesday night, in the custody of Sheriff Mears, ALBERT appeared again at the opera house with a dramatic company, playing again with all the power of Orpheus.

At the end of the concert he tried to hang himself with his necktie.


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May 19, 2004

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