"Nervous at such an occasion one of the horses was unable to contain himself and expressed his stage fright in a rather distasteful manner. Soon after this display of nerves Caruso was called upon to stab Jeritza. Maria refused to fall. Caruso stabbed her for a second time and screamed, 'Die, fall, will you!'
"Back came the reply, 'I'll die if you can find me a clean place!'"
[In 1902, Caruso recorded ten songs for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company, for which he was reluctantly paid the exorbitant amount of ?100. The company was happy they made the deal: their net profit amounted to about ?15,000.]