MY first meeting with the distinguished humorist goes back to 1903, when he consented to sit to me for his pen‐portrait, which a leading New York weekly was anxious to publish. During the sitting he gave me he was very communicative, and I regret that my efforts distracted me at the time from the conversation, which I have consequently forgotten in great part, though I remember him saying: “I am afraid you are one of the few people who would be willing to pay me to keep me quiet.” I assured him that such was by no means the case, and that, far from interfering with the progress of the picture, it helped me.
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