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By James Thurber

Thurber is one other a type of nearly-forgotten geniuses of yank humor dependent on the New Yorker. worthy reading.

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Another selection of Thurberiana, certain in that it includes a peppering of the author's favorites, additionally an creation to his
"serious comedy." one of the 32 tales lurk joyosities comparable to "The girl of Orlon," "The Psychosemanticist Will See you presently,
Mr. Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant lifestyles, or become older in addition to Whom?"

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It was March and blustery in New York, and one of the first things I did was to buy one. It fitted my head, and seemed to my repatriated eye extremely becoming. It wasn't until later that day that I looked inside the hat to see the mark of the maker. I quote from a piece I wrote in 1923 for the Columbus, Ohio, Sunday Dispatch: "Something inside the crown caught my eye. I looked more closely. "Fabrique par Moissant et A mour, Avenue de l'Opera, Paris," it said. Paris, City of Light and of occasional Darkness, some­ times in the winter rain seeming wrought of monolithic stones, and then, in the days of its wondrous and special pearly light, appearing to float in mid-air like a mirage city in the Empire of Imagination, fragile and magical, has had many a premature requiem sung for the repose of its soul by nervous writers or gloomy historians who believe it is dying or dead and can never rise again.

Charles S. Whitman was then Governor of New York. _ . Becker had placed upon her hus­ band's coffin. It read: CHARLES BECKER Murdered J uly 30, 1 9 1 5 by GOVERNOR WHITMAN The plate was removed by order of Inspector Joseph Fau­ rot, and the police lieutenant's widow replaced it with one bearing only his name and the dates of his birth and death. The Lusitania had been sunk two months earlier, and the memory of Becker was soon lost in the files of newspapers preoccupied with headlines of war. Whitman, after retiring from politics, returned to the practice of law.

In that casual sentence was spoken the doom of the famous and flourishing Hotel Metropole; it closed its doors not long afterward because of what happened in the next minute. The man at the table got up and walked briskly out onto the street, the other man following him. The one who had been addressed as Herman stood under the bright lights of the hotel's marquee, looking around for whoever it was wanted to see him. He didn't have to wait long. Four short dark men jumped out of a gray automobile standing at the curb, closed in on him, and fired six shots.

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