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ST. JAMES'S HALL BALLAD CONCERTS 235
her hat, saying, "The real ones will fade, the other won't, that's why I want it."
An incident that happened in this country was less amusing at the time than it appears on looking back on it. The singer had just returned from a wedding, and found an anxious concert agent awaiting her. He told her that one of his "stars" had failed him for a concert at Manchester that night; would Madame Crossley go in her stead ? She consented, and travelled to Manchester that afternoon, only to find that there was no concert of any kind taking place. The next morning, on her return to London, an exceedingly apologetic agent called, and explained that he had meant Birmingham and not Manchester !
Among Ada Crossley's favourite songs, outside her classical repertoire, may be mentioned Cuthbert Wynne's "Through Love to Light," G. H. Clutsam's "Life's Gifts," Ethelbert Nevin's "O that we two were maying'1 and " Mighty like a rose," Edward German's " Love the Pedlar," S. Liddle's "Christmas Bells" and The Way Home (a miniature song-cycle), Lewis Carey's "Nearer, my God, to Thee," Walford Davies's "Hame," and the songs of Albert Mallinson.
Apropos of Ada Crossley the following amusing little paragraph from Punch is worth quoting :—