At Carnegie Hall, that Manhattan temple of classical music, an organ began bombilating a very unclassical tune, and the audience burst into collective song:
Oh, give your friend a pat on the back,
A pat on the back, a pat on the back,
And say to yourself it's jolly good health,
We've had a good day today.
Upon a signal from the stage, the audience turned to the left in unison and each person gave his neighbor a hearty pat on the back. Then they all turned to the right and patted again.
The back-patters were farmers and farm wives, members of the National Farmers...