Music: Champion in Chains

Last week Professor Alfredo Salmaggi's popular priced opera returned once more to Manhattan's huge Hippodrome. An enthusiastic cast roared its way through

Aïda, but the most notable feature of the evening was athletic rather than musical. When Rhadames (Vittorio Fullin) made his triumphal entry, who should be chained to his chariot but Jack ("Little Arthur") Johnson, Negro pugilist who once annoyed whites by being heavyweight champion of the world. Five thousand music lovers gaped and cheered while the barrel-chested black writhed in his chains and leopard skins to add artistic verisimilitude to...

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