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pupil, and that one day shewas
destined to become more famous
than Melba, the divine.
And then. Parma fell in love
with her, madly, passionately, in
love. He proposed to her. She
"You have told me I shall be "a
great singer," she said. "I cannot
afford to marry. I must follow
my career. And I don't love
The music teacher smothered
his grief and his disappointment
and strove with all his might, ;to
train the voice of the girl he loved
Then a young Englishman
appeared on the scene, and he
too, loved the girl, who wanted to
become one of the world's great
For months he courted her,
and in the end, the girl who had
withstood the. passionate wooing
of her teacher, succumbed to that
of the stranger from a far land.
tone went to rarma one day,
and t&ld him that she was going
to give up her career, and go to"
London and marry the English
man. Parma raVed andsformed. He
begged her jipt to give up her
great future. ..
"Marry this man if you like,"
he sdid, "but don't giv& up your
But she was obdurate. She
said she could not both marry
andjbecome a great singer, and
thatshe loved the Englishman,
end at last she left for London.
Three months later, a wearv.
brakendisheatfejaeoV woman far 1
different from the "golden haired,
laughing girl, who had left there
talking of love crept into Parma's
It was Clara Conners. Parma
found her hiding in a corner of
the big music room, shivering
with fear, -her eyes wild with the
light of the insane.
He spoke to her, and she did
not know him. But in the next
few days he learned from her
bfoken phrases what had hap
pened. The Englishman had
gone with her to London, and
there deserted her, leaving, her
without mpney, or hope, or good
The tragedy of it had turned
her mind and; it had done even
more. The, first day after the re
turn that Parma dared to attempt
a.singing lesson, Clara Conners
opened her mouth and gave forth
only the discordant sounds of a
wild beast. Her voice had gdnc
That was eighteen years ago.
Whether farma through the
long, weary years hoped against
hope that her reason would re
turn ; or whether he merely serv
ed the sliadow of what had been
the girl he loved for the sake of
that unreturned love, never will
be known now.
But all through those eighteen .
years, the famous music teacher
guarded and sheltered and looked
after the mad woman, jealously
hiding her pitifuL state from the
eyes of an unsympathetic world.
Clara Conners now is in Belle-
vue Hospital for the insane. It
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