George Ade, Warmhearted Satirist

George Ade, Warmhearted Satirist

George Ade, Warmhearted Satirist

George Ade, Warmhearted Satirist

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I began to read George Ade in 1893. A youngster in knee pants, I went with my mother to the World's Fair in Chicago. We had hoped to stay for a couple of weeks, but in the afternoon of the fifth day our money gave out and we were obliged to start back to Ohio. To console me in my disappointment, my mother said she had noticed in a morning paper, the Record, a daily department, "All Roads Lead to the World's Fair," delightful little stories of happenings at the Fair. She would subscribe for that paper and we at least could read about some of the things we had missed seeing.

After the Fair was over, and "All Roads Lead to the World's Fair" was succeeded by "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," we continued to take the Record. So far as I know, no other copy came to our little town. I was entertained by the stories for years before I knew who wrote them. Then when the "Fables in Slang" began to appear in the same department on the paper's editorial page I was one of the countless number to whom George Ade was a hero.

I first met him in 1906. By that time I was a columnist on a paper in Cleveland, and he came there with one of his plays. A little later, the Sunday editor of the New York Herald, for whom I had written some articles, asked me if I would go over to Indiana and write a Sunday feature about George Ade's farm and his way of life there. I jumped at the chance. When I wrote to Ade about the suggestion, he asked me to meet him in Chicago and said we would take the train to Brook, near the farm, together. On the way, he apologized for the slow train. "The stations are exactly eighty feet apart," he said, "and it stops at them all."

During that train ride and a week end at the farm, we formed a . . .

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