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I do want you to read both these
articles5. They are very truthful and exactly like Mr. McClure6! After all he was the best
friend I ever had, and I've neglected him shamefully for ten years. He has
no home, but lives quietly at the Union Leage Club7. The week before I left town8 I spent such a happy afternoon with
him there. He is 86 years and has grown so gentle. Courteous and kind
he he always was. He is no longer a
whirlwind, but a summer breeze. He took me into the Library of his Club, sat
down beside me and held my hand and began:
Cather, do you happen to remember the economic reforms of Edward the First9 when he got home from
Just like him! he always expected me to "remember" whatever was in his mind.
Ten years ago we nearly
quarrelled when he came to dinner. He was just back
from Italy11 and insisted that
Moussolini12 had developed "a perfect government."13 He now
generously recalled that I had called it a "perfect abscess" and said "Why,
Mr. McClure, you couldn't run an office that way, much a government!" Nice
of him, wasn't it? I mean to see him from time to time this winter. I have
had to cut out so many people since I have not been well, but I ought not to
cut out the man who gave me my first chance.