Music: Great-Grandmother

Last week in Manhattan a homely, dumpy, indomitable old lady marched on the stage in S. L. ("Roxy") Rothafel's huge cinema theatre, grinned a wide grin, then sang in a voice which was still great "Danny Boy," Arditi's "Bolero" and Brahms' "Cradle Song." The old lady was 69 and a great-grandmother but she repeated her vaudeville turn four times a day on seven successive days with an added appearance on Saturday and Sunday. She was, of course, Contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink who for four years past has been saying farewell to her public....

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