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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