VARIOUS NOTES IN 1934-5
ON 11 January 1934 1 had luncheon with Emma Eames and took her to see Eugene O'Neill religious play, Days Without End; its failure was partly attributable to poor casting but Robert Lorraine was magnificent. When the leading actors were recalled, Emma Eames shouted his name with immense enthusiasm. He was evidently astonished and looked in our direction appreciatively. But he was even more pleased when, a few days later, at the Coffee House, I told him who it was who had saluted him.
On 4 May at a dinner of the Round Table in New York, President Nicholas Murray Butler presiding, I met for the first time H. G. Wells. He was in high spirits, in spite of the fact that he predicted a world war in 1940. I reminded him that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had recently said in Parliament, 'We have gone from Bleak House to Great Expectations.''Yes,' said Wells, 'but in Great Expectations they didn't get the money.' He laughed when I told him the story of the undergraduate's question in zoology. The Professor had mentioned some bug and remarked 'A single bug of this kind will produce in one year eighty thousand offspring.' He then asked if there were any questions, and a youth asked, 'If a single bug can produce eighty thousand, how many will a married bug produce?'
In the Autumn of 1934 the D'Oyly Carte Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company came to New York and took the city by storm; they were equally triumphant in other cities in America and on visits in subsequent years. These artists