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OPERA VENDETTA.

An Interesting vendetta is being waged la New York, between the Impresario, Mr Bammersteln, of the Manhattan Opera House, and his sons in one camp, and the editor of a New Xork daily paper, with two reporters, Messrs Hall and Doyle, in the other. It began with newspaper crltIciamd regarding the Manhattan Opera, developed into actual blows on Friday night, Jan. 80, continued intermittently, and was to be resumed at a police court the next Friday.

The newtpapec men charged Mr Hammerstein with, "inventing rows" between his prime donne for the sake of getting a free advertisement for certain wellrltnown operas here, and with otherwise imposing upon the credulity of the public — "in fact, beating the American Press agent at bis own choice gome." Mr Hammersteln responded by describing Messrs Hall and Doyle as "unclean, drunken, and seedy" In a letter to their editor, who promptly [arrayed himself on the side of bis staff.

No apologies being forthcoming, violent hostilities commenced. It la alleged that the newspaper men beat the Impresario brutally, and undoubtedly he was knocked about, but the reporters plead that Mr Hammerstcln began the raw. Mr Hammersteln'a eons came to bis rescue, and ever since there have been charges of aseaolt and counter-assault Arrests bare been numerous, and In court the defendants created such a turmoil that the magistrate summarily adjourned the cases until Friday. In the court-room the editor floored one Hammerstelu with a smashing blow.

! The members of both camps were liberated on their own recognisances, both breathing hot words of vengeance. Bo far as one can ascertain, after reading columns of printed statements by both tides, tbe reporters, Judging by pugilistic points, have ■cored up to date, but the Hammerstein forces are on guard, and expect to counter heavily before the magistrate. The public are interested because they Implicitly believed the stories printed about Miss Mnry Garden quarrelling with Mudame Cavalierl regarding the title roie in "Thalß." Miss Garden threatened to refuse to ploy Salome If Madame Cavalier) were billed for Thata, and Mr Hammerstein "yielded" by withdrawing Madame Cavalierl from that part.

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OPERA VENDETTA. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909

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