Some weeks ago (TIME, March 1) 19-year-old Marion Nevada Talley, daughter of a Kansas City telegrapher, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, Manhattan. She had sung in opera only twice before, with a small civic company in her home town. She was thoroughly inexperienced in the woes and wiles of operatic routine. But U. S. newspapermen seized upon her, made her their best news, roused a great public to have an exorbitant pride in a person it had never heard sing.


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