A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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ST. JAMES'S HALL BALLAD CONCERTS 233
recently sent to Clara Butt by a youthful admirer :—
Of autographs of those of fame
I've gathered not a few : But one illustrious name I miss,
And, madam, that is you.
So kindly send one little line,
A schoolboy's heart to cheer, And make his autographic book
A thousand times more dear.
And as we cannot see what Time
May have for us in store, And I may be Lord Chancellor
(Or even something more), When that ever takes place I'll see That you shall have a line from me !
Both Clara Butt and her husband were the recipients of frequent "commands' from the late Queen Victoria, though, curiously enough, never at one and the same time. One of Rum-ford's most cherished possessions is a copy of Leaves from our Journal in the Highlands, with an inscription in Queen Victoria's own hand­writing.
Talking of royal commands, Henry Bird tells of one in relation with Ada Crossley which was a very rapid affair indeed. At half-past ten one morning the famous contralto received a sum­mons to appear before Queen Alexandra at half-past four that same afternoon. She wired to
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