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Missing: An American composer’s baton and some of his scores

Police in the Philadelphia area are on the lookout for the missing baton of Victor Herbert, composer of Naughty Marietta, cellist in the New York Philharmonic and inspiration of Dvorak’s great concerto.

The Herbert effects were stolen from a collector’s house, together with a bust of Benjamin Franklin value at $3 million. A female suspect is in custody and the bust has been recovered, but there’s no trace of the musical items.

Herbert (859-1924) is credited with setting the disgraceful Kipling songline, ‘A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke’.

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  1. That phrase was only a smoke-screen. What he meant to say was ………………………..!

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