Lying in State

Lying in State

Lying in State

Lying in State

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Along time ago, when I cracked many a bottle of vin ordinaire with Donn Byrne in the pubs of the French Riviera, just before his untimely death, he was writing a series of pieces called The Changeling and Other Stories, and as a preface to his dedication he wrote, "I could as little think of sending a story friendless into the world as I would of sending a child or horse or dog." So I have dedicated this story to some of my friends of Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which I have watched grow from a tiny, dreary, and almost hopeless institution to the magnificent congeries of hopes and buildings and laboratories which it is today. Perhaps they will befriend this writing, for it is theirs.

It may be that the American reading public will enjoy the story of a plain American businessman in government service and take it to their hearts. But if they do not, I shall weep no bitter tears, for the writing of it has been a labor of love, and I have set it on paper particularly for my children and my children's children.

My deep thanks and appreciation are due to Bennett Cerf, who has permitted me to reprint herein a large part of his inimitable "Story of Brentano's," which appeared in the Saturday Review of Literature; to Mrs. Helen Reid of the New York Herald Tribune, who granted me permission to . . .

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