Music: Czech

Another home town, last week, prepared to welcome a returning singer. The local press published a diatribe, mentioning in angry terms certain incidents in her past. Exasperated crowds lined the streets through which she drove. When she sang at the opera house, a police cordon was considered necessary to keep her from violence. She was Madame Maria Jeritza who, though born in Brünn, early showed that she had no Czech complex by wedding an

Austrian, thereby incurring the enmity of the patriotic townsfolk. "A turn-coat," they called her, accused her of having encouraged...

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