HAS MARVELOUS VOICE.
San Francisco, Aug. 1. With
the book-lined walls of the pro
bate court for a background, a lit
tle, slim, golden-haired girl, in a,
white sailor suit, Dixie Burgess,
sang an aria from an Italian opera
for Judge Coffey and insured her
own musical education.
' The little girl came into court
with her mother, Mrs. .Edith R".
Burgess, .who asked that Prof.
,Thor Raje of the Pacific Musical
Institute be granted guardianship
of her little girl, that the great
gift of the child might be devel
oped. The little singer's father is
Raje, who tried her voice, un-
trained, found it true and liquid as
a bird's. The mother asked him
to become the child's guardian.
Raje told Judge Coffey that the
little girl's voice betters that of
both Patti and Jennie Lind at the
same age, covering a range of
Judge Coffey asked the little
girl if she wanted to become the
daughter of the professor for tHe
sake of that bird in her little
throat. "I want to sing," she said
simply. "I just want to learn to
And quite fearlessly leaning on
the judge's high desk, her little
hands clasped behind her, the
child sang for the judge, the high,
sweet notes of her voice filling the
"I believe you have come into
a great inheritance, my littlp
girl," said Judge Coffey. "I'm go
ing to make Prof. Raje the-guar-dian
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