Music: Bayreuth's Blight

The telegram which the people of Bayreuth have feared all spring arrived there last week. The Bavarian telegrapher's face was solemnly long as he received the message over the wire, beckoned a boy to pedal down through the town and deliver it to Frau Winifred Wagner, the robust Englishwoman who guards the shrine of Composer Richard Wagner, her father-in-law whom she never knew. Frau Wagner had a feeling before she tore open the envelope that the worst had happened, that Arturo Toscanini had decided not to come to Bayreuth this summer to...

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