Foreign News: Butt-Letter

Literal minded Britons were scandalized, last week, at what they took to be an affront offered by George Bernard Shaw to his good & faithful wife, the onetime Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend.

Another woman, Dame Clara Butt, 55, onetime famed contralto, had written Pen Man Shaw, asking him to do a preface for her forthcoming biography. Replied he: ''Good gracious! I'd never dare! You're a much bigger person than I. I should look like a ridiculous little busybody making a pretentious bow in your limelight. And, anyhow, what could I say of Clara Butt?

"I witnessed her debut as Orfeo. Loved her. Would have...

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