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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 01, 1912, Image 15

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Gerson Sirpta, thejfamous Rus
sian cantor noAv .touring this
country, is heralded asthe near
est rival to Caruso, but he will
sing only sacred-music and de
clines the 'Noffers of opera pro-
B IBiiB ' '
the history of American Judaism,
i In every Jewish home in the
country the fame of the cantor is
known. When he sang recently
In the greatest halls in New Yqrk
thousands of Jews, . crowded to
hear him and his fame has spread
- He indulges only in Hebrew
melodies, and musical experts de
clare him to be greater than any
living singer of his class, 'except
' "My aim in life is to(popuIarize
among the Jews the old melodies
of the race," he says. "Many of
these grand old songs are being
lost to my people. "They- have
been -handed down from genera
tion to generation by the cantors."
Did You Know
In early times the barber was
also a surgeon. This resulted in
the design of the barber's pole.
The gilt ball on top represented
the brass basin which held the
lather; the pole itself represented
the staff which the customer held
in his hand during the operation
of blood letting; the red and
white stripes represented -the two
bandages used, onebefore.and the
other after the operation.
A7Vit7 r1ruc a ummari iXlin -urpiorlic
fiorenn Sirnf-a nr . t , ' ...
,-ww. w, lK pounds- dote on Deing called
moters sums of money that Pet.
.would turn most men's heads
ihe arrival trom -Warsaw or Une way to turn a woman s
this marveldus singer is consrd-' head is to try to kiss her from be-ered-a
most important event in hind.

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