Autobiography, with Letters

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ALFRED NOYES AND OTHERS

THIS winter of 1917-18 was the coldest ever known in New England and on account of the war, coal was very difficult to obtain; that, and the feeling that the war was going to last four or five more years made this a depressing time.

Sunday 30 December 1917 the thermometer outside my window was 12 below zero, the lowest registration in New Haven I have ever seen. And the cold was almost continuous from early December till March. Many city thermometers showed 18 below.

On 8 January Walter Camp in New Haven gave a luncheon in honour of the famous actor John Drew; later in the afternoon I had a long talk with Mr. Drew at the Elizabethan Club. I urged him to write his autobiography. He told me many amusing anecdotes of his career. I had seen him as Orlando in As You Like It, when Charles the Wrestler was impersonated by Wm. Muldoon, the champion; who made a magnificent figure on the stage. Mr. Drew said it galled the big man to have to be thrown every night by himself and one night when Muldoon fell heavily in front of the footlights, he let out a profane ejaculation that was audible in most parts of the house, adding to the gaiety of the evening.

On 26 January I saw the new painting of President Wilson by John Sargent, which was to go to the National Art Gallery in Dublin. It is reported that when a lady asked the artist what part of the portrait he thought

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