JAPAN: Conspiracy

Through the wide portal of a sumptuous residence in Tokyo a slender Pole strode jerkily. Ushered into the presence of his host, he shook respectfully a crinkly parchment hand. Soon two august heads were laid together in musical conspiracy: 1) The silky-haired topknot of Leopold Stokowski, vacationing conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony and 2) The clipped and pomaded poll of Prince Tokugawa, "the Japanese Otto Kahn," a lineal descendant of the Shoguns or Tycoons ("High Princes") who ruled Japan from 1603 until the present Imperial Dynasty was restored in 1867.

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