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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 09, 1912, Image 4

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By Norman.
New York, Nov. 9. There ar
rived on the steamer Potsdairt,
from Europe, a person so remark
able that he almost beggars de
scription. His name is Icillcf Callya. He
is an Egyptian. He is an operatic
tenor. He speaks seven lan
guages. He but let him tell it
himself, as he did to the ship
news reporters. Nobody else
could tell it as well as he did. He
had picked up on shipboard, all
the American slang he could get
hold of, and this is what he said :
"I am Callya. (Business of
bowing, and pulling neat but not
burdensome mustache). It is not
necessary to address me in the
language of the continent (mean
ing in French), for I speak the
English superbly. I am a bearcat,
as you say. You wish to know
about me, yes ? Ah, that is always
the way of the journalist. I shall
make then the spiel.
"In the first place, I am de
scended from the Pharaohs,
which were a very nice old Egypt
ian family. Someiclass. And I
am the only Egyptian tenor
which sings upon the stage of
opera the only one.
"The scarab which I wear in
my waistcoat pocket has been
the property of Cheops, who de
signed the Sphinx. I am not
joshing. In this country I shall
appear with the Philadelphia
Chicago opera company. I am
truly sorry that New York will
not have a chance to hear me,
but perhaps (w,ho knows?) it
might be arranged. '
"Not alone do I sing. I also
am fond of other exercises. Yotu
bet! I row, I swim, I run, I box.i
I fence all equally well. I am.
fond of contest and would like
to have competition with some o
your champions. In Europe
have beat the tar out of many
who play the tennis exceedingly
well. I have lift great weighty
with back and arm. It is not'
boasting I am there. s
"All of the languages which If
speak, I speak fluently. If I can
spare a few hours in New York,
I shall go to Chinatown andj
learn the Chinese over a bowl of
chop suey. Chink grub is most
agreeable and I think the speech?
musical. ' ,
"Thirty years I have seen, and2
millions of women, yet I aim
single. I am hep. But froms
what I have seen of the American
woman abroad considerable
squabs, believe me I should not?
be averse to getting hitched, as Ij
think they say. Is it not? To
them I perhaps should not be abler
to remark so sarcastic, poo-poo
for yours, twenty-three, beat ityy
skiddoo. That has been my at-4"
titude in the past." IS
lf r. Callya then allowed the re
porters to feel of hisbeceps, andf
informed them that he was aq
lawyer--one point he had over
looked in his shrinking violetr
monologue. f
Yiter wnicn ne wmstiea tor nisi
valet, and the ship news reporters
fell in a heap.

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