Music: Master of Enigma

When the S.S Rex steamed into New York harbor one evening last week reporters clambered aboard to interview a celebrated passenger. They found a nervous little man who wore spats, a bright checkered scarf and a fur-lined overcoat which, for no apparent reason, he kept putting on & taking off. Once he had located the spectacles perched on the top of his head, he gladly gave his autograph. He used Russian letters but he set them down vertically, like Chinese. Deciphered, they read: '"Igor Stravinsky."

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