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“Before I forget it,’ 5 queried an interviewer from “Cassell’s Saturday Journal,’’ or Colonel Mapleson, “ what is the biggest salary you have ever paid to an opera artiste?” “A thousand pounds for one night, and the recipient was Madame Patti. Mention of this reminds me of a rather funny incident. I n her contract it was stated that Madame Patti was to be paid £-1000 before each performance, and one evening when we had not been doing firstclass business, the treasury was a little short of shekels to meet immediate needs. Madame Patti used to arrive at the theatre an hour and a half or two hours before the curtain rose, and on this occasion I sent my treasurer to her dressingroom with £BOO, and a message to the effect that the remaining £2OO would be forthcoming almost at once. On return of the treasurer I despatched him to my private house with the key of my safe and instructions to come back with £2OO. While he was away I had a visit from Madame Patti’s maid. Carrying a shoe in her hand she conveyed Madame Patti’s compliments to me, and observed that her mistress was fully dressed with the exception of one shoe, which she was not inclined to put on until the £2OO was handed to her. At that moment my treasurer appeared with the necessary balance, and without delay, I wrapped up a sum equivalent to £2OO, deposited it in Pattis shoe, and sent it to her with my best compliments. A few moments latter Patti went on to the stage and was greeted with tumultuous applause,”

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STORY OF A "STAR.", Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907

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STORY OF A "STAR." Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907

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