Translation [in progress] of: Művészek, ha — nappal találkoznak., Szinházi élet, 30. Nov. 1913
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Artists, you — come across
To what extent the real art by earned reputation is superior to artificial advertising, is very typical of the following, trifle thing happening last Tuesday. Max Linder, the popular movie star is currently in Budapest, on the aforementioned day at midday, was walking on the Danube river with a Hungarian journalist friend. The promenade audience, of course, immediately recognized him and when a young Budapest man stood before him, in his hands a business card and asked for an autograph, the merry Max sat on the edge of the stone barrier of the tram and supplied the signature of the card laid on his knees, but to his ruin. At once dozens rushed towards him, the participants offering free business cards, air is getting thin. Wrote and wrote diligently his name, while the ring of people became larger and larger around him, so that he was forced to ultimately avoid exchanging cards, the names on the business cards is the name to sustain and already signed cards, be read aloud. This again was reason for complications, because Linder being French, the existence on Hungarian cards place second the first name and thus he read:
— Monsieur Piriké!
However, since that Mr.'s name did not come forward, Max thought fit by him to add the perceived first name also to the names, to thus read:
— Monsieur Vámos Piriké!
And he laughed the most, when the head of a lovely blonde girl came as the owner of the autograph. After that Linder now read with a loud voice the full name, but it also happened that ladies were labeled Monsieur and gentlemen Madame.
However, eventually Jadlowker* walked out, the world-famous singer, who is now a celebrated regular guest at the Nép-Opera and seeing the tumult, he also went to it. It would appear, Jadlowker is also among the diligent moviegoers, he recognized without any further inquiry Linder, and a minute later Linder has the autographed card, reading with a French accent the name:
— Monsieur Ermán Jádlowkér!
And this human encirclement will be attentive to the clean-shaven black-haired artist, who reached for the card, thanks and goes on.
— Jadlowker! Jadlowker! — whispered the people and the interest of the public turned to him at the same time. Then the people flocked and the passionate autograph collectors are searching newer contacts in their wallets. With Linder left to his own, the Hungarian journalist with him, informed him who he was, also had just asked him for an autograph. For this Linder jumped up, a Pardon exclaimed to a journalist, with it sprinting after the great singer. The crowd accompanying Jadlowker, had been well away when Linder overtook them. After mutual introductions, Linder asked back the card for a moment, and over the signing, noted in French:
„For Herman Jadlowker, the great artist, who hitherto had heard a lot of nice things, but who — admits — today saw for the first time his humble servant.
He then took his own card and held it in front of the singer for the purpose of a revenge autograph writing. Jadlowker smiled for a moment, and then he wrote the following:
„For Max Linder, the great artist who hitherto had seen a lot of nice things, but who — admits — today heard for the first time of his humble servant.
After a cordial farewell reception now the followers throughout the struggle Jadlowker came from and Linder not to create a stir, walked for another half an hour the promenade, and whenever he passed the ever-continually growing crowd that encircled Jadlowker, sadly noted that even with a tenor voice, still larger advertising all color poster and is projected at the screen. (Szinházi élet, Nov. 30, 1913)
* Herman (Hermann) Jadlowker (17 July 1877, Riga – 13 May 1953, Tel Aviv) was a leading Latvian-born tenor of Russian (later Israeli) nationality who enjoyed an important international career during the first quarter of the 20th century. (wikipedia)