Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth

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CHAPTER XXXI
MR. BOOTH SINGS A COON SONG

WE began the outing proper by inspecting the fire ruins. The watchmen in charge were longing to pour out woeful tales. There had been no real tragedies, and Mr. Chase insisted there was no need to be sad. Souvenir vendors sprang up as if by magic. As there was not another human being to buy, Mr. Booth fell an easy victim to their pleadings. One of these lovely polished shells is on my writing-table. By the rarest of fortunes the fire had not destroyed the stables. The glad news that a rich tourist and party in a private car had dropped from the skies spread like another fire, and a wild one. Mr. Booth, incarnating the sole pickings, was implored to engage horses and all sorts of conveyances -- anything he could use was offered at the smallest prices! Mr. Chase was told to 'pay the usual rates. Poor fellows!' As there was no food to be bought anywhere, and the ' David Garrick' was stocked, it was arranged to meet the car en route, or return to it as might develop.

But Mr. Booth wanted to loiter on the beach, so we hied ourselves back to it. Today's guest of honor was Mama Baker. Mr. Booth fairly assigned himself to her. The 'heavy ladies' and the Star and the manager formed a group to watch us as we scooped up sand with our shells, built caves, and threw sand at one another. In

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