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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 27, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 16

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BEGGAR SINGER, DISCOVERED IN CELL, TO
HAVE HIS CHANCE IN GRAND OPERA
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Rqberto Oranda, beggar singer,
star who has given the ragged youth
Los Angeles, Cal., June 27. One
day a helpless beggar. The next day
a protege of theworld famous grand
opera star, Signor Florencio Con
stantino. 1
Such is the change in the fortunes
of Roberto N. Orando, whose won
derful ability as a singer was dis
covered, by a police reporter for the
Los Angeles Record. Oranda had
been arrested for begging food and
clothing. He was a pitiful sight when
police officers led him to a cell.
Something of his hidden personal-
and Sign or Constantino, grand opera
a chance to make a name for himself,
ity attracted the reporter who chat
ted with him after the arrest.
"I am a singer," said Oranda. "You
do not believe me? I will show you
if you can only get me' the chance. I
am very poor. I know not enough
English to get a Job. I have tried and
nearly starved. I am in rags, but I
can sing. Can you not find me a
place in a theater? I must help my
sister and her baby, too. And for
two days I have not eaten."
Cynical, but amused by the ragged
youth's story, the newspaper man
gave him a meal and obtained police
permission to act as his sponsor.

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