Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth

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CHAPTER XXX
'FOR NOT BEING SHY WITH ME'

IN the first week of the season, when Mr. Chase distributed his little red leather-bound notebooks, in which, pasted on the inside cover, was the route for the entire tour, he had attracted my attention to the 'open week' following San Francisco, designated in the route 'Yosemite.'

Even when we reached San Francisco, it was understood that Mr. Booth, 'with a party of friends,' was to make the Yosemite trip. Mr. Barrett had painstakingly arranged for a week's absence from any reminder for Mr. Booth of duties and annoyances. His partnerfriend had laid emphasis to me upon Mr. Booth's not even seeing the faces of the company for a week, and Mr. Chase had not gainsaid him.

But the best-laid plans of mice and men -- as many a time before -- did what Bobby Burns said they did, and upon one startling greenroom night Mr. Booth, in finest fettle, announced: 'We will take the "David Garrick" and pass the week in the car along the Pacific Coast. We will sleep in hotels when they are to be had. We will travel by stage when we feel like it. For one week I shall do as I please.' His eyes twinkled with his joy of defying whom it might concern. 'I seldom know what a real vacation means. There is usually a left-over responsibility. For one week there shall be freedom from -- everything.'

'A cipher without a rim, Mr. Booth?'

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