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History: Don't judge a book by its cover
How Prof. L. Akin judged a book by its worn, dusty cover - and learned "more than one great lesson"
In early March 1915, the Adair County News informed readers that
"Prof. Lafe Akin will lecture on music at the [Columbia] Baptist church Wednesday evening after prayer meeting. The object is to organize a class in vocal music, and Prof. Akin wants the people to know his qualifications to teach the principals of music and voice training...."The next week, the News reprinted a letter, penned by Prof. Akin, that originally had appeared in the Musical Visitor, a monthly magazine published in Cincinnati. In this missive, Prof. Akin gave the details of how two years earlier he had been good-naturedly schooled by Rev. I.M. "Pilgrim" Grimsley. At the time, Rev. Grimsley, a resident of Adair County for a decade or so, had a well-established reputation as an outstanding vocal music teacher.
The News prefaced Mr. Akin's letter with this comment:
"We take from the Musical Visitor the following honest confession of Mr. L. Akin, of this county, which is also a compliment to Rev. I.M. Grimsley, of this county:"Then came Prof. Akin's mea culpa missive, a letter which explained this cryptic entry in the Sparksville newsletter in May 1913:
"Rev. I.M. Grimsley began his third annual term in vocal at Antioc. It is a success. Some in this neighborhood thought they were well up on music and called it a short course, but they have confessed that they knew nothing about it."
Wrote Prof. Akin:
Editor Visitor:- As I have never written to the Visitor I believe I'll try one, and if it escapes the junc pile I'll be surprised.To Mr. Akin's letter, the News appended this note:
"Good for you, brother Akin. You are not like the common run of 'smarties' - they don't know how much they have to know, to know how much they don't know."
A note for the grammar gurus: All spellings - Antioc, junc, and principals, for examples - in the above transcriptions are as found in the original 1915 newspaper. Please direct complaints about such to: Editor, Adair County News, South Corner Public Sq., Columbia, Ky.
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