While neighbors in Richmond, England, shook their heads, lonely little old Ada Littlejohn packed her small trunk last August and sailed for Manhattan. Her husband had died. So had her terrier Jumbo and her canary Nanki-Poo. For Mrs. Ada Littlejohn it seemed at first like just one more tragedy in her life when the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company announced it would give Gilbert & Sullivan in the U.S. this season (TIME, Sept. 17). But then she reckoned her slender income and decided to go along.

For 40 years Mrs. Ada Littlejohn has been a Gilbert & Sullivan addict. She...

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