Music: New Life

Early one morning last May, a fear-stricken Negro woman rushed from a Philadelphia hotel, jumped into a car and headed for New York. A federal narcotics agent whom she had nearly run over fired several shots after the speeding car. In her hotel room, officers found 1½ grains of heroin. Two weeks later, sobbing the blues for sure, Jazz Singer Billie Holiday was on her way to do a year and a day at the Federal Reformatory for Women at Alderson, W. Va.

Gardenia in Hair. Fortnight ago, eleven days after being released (72...

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