140 years ago today - Mar 6, 1884

[Wilford Woodruff]
6 I had an interview in Company with the Presidency & some of the Twelve with Adelna Patti, Represented as the greatest singer in the world. She never sings for less then $5,000 dollars a night. She visited the Big Tabernacle and Assembly Hall and was much Delighted with both. She then invited us to visit her private Car which we did. It was a small Car but Considered the most Costly Car in the world. $60,000 dollars had been Expended upon it. We visited Each departmet of her bedroom hot & Cold baths and all got up on the grandest stile imaginable. We all drank her health in a little Champagne.

I attended the Evening singing in the Theater. They were mostly Italians & Germans. The Main singer was Madam Gersler. She got $2,000 for her singing. Galassi gets $800 per night. The whole Recept for the night was $4,475 dollars but the Business Maniger said the Entertainment had Cost the Company $4,000.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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