Music: 100-Year-Old Hit

The little man felt ill at ease.

And said, "Some bread, sir, if you please."

The waiter's voice roared down the hall,

"You gets no bread with ONE MEAT BALL!"

The plaintive ballad about the man who dared ask a wartime waiter for one meat ball is fast becoming a fad with U.S. bobby-soxers. The adolescents have no idea how old-fashioned they are: their latest musical hero was well known to Boston in the 1850s. Almost a century ago, a shy Harvard Latin professor named George Martin Lane tried to buy a single fish ball in a restaurant, heard his piddling order bellowed out...

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