Music: A Sage Looks at Swing

Last week Emporia, Kans. held a five-day Fiestaval to dedicate its new $613.000 Civic Auditorium. Jiving, jittering climax of the Fiestaval was a dance, to music supplied (at $1,100) by dapper Duke Ellington, greatest of black swing-sters, and his band. The Sage of Emporia, wise old William Allen White, watched the cavortings, went home and wrote a garrulous, kindly-shrewd editorial for his Emporia Gazette. Excerpts:

"Fifty-five years ago and more, the writer hereof earned his first dollar playing for dances in Butler county, a young boy in his middle teens. We make no boasts...

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