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I92                               A FEW  MEMORIES
in ahead of most individuals." He enjoyed telling how he was once at the end of a long line of Senators waiting, like himself, to get at the desk of a certain Washington hotel to engage their rooms. One of the clerks who had seen him as Colonel Sellers \vinked, quietly beckoned, and at once led him to one of the best apartments in the house, while the weighty makers of the law had patiently to await their respective turns. The actor has undoubtedly the advantage over most people, for those who have laughed and cried with him feel a certain intimacy, though they may not know him personally. John McCullough told me he had frequently been accosted in public places with " How are you, John ? Come and have a drink," from persons he had never seen before, who, when he informed them in dignified tones that he knew them not, readily answered, "Ah! but I know^^/ I saw you play Virginius last night; so do come along and have a drink." This feeling of friendliness on the part of strangers is often complimentary and convenient, but more frequently it is embarrassing and annoying. I have had people bolt into my private sitting or dining room on the pretext of wishing to buy tickets for the theatre, or my photograph. I remember two well-dressed women, to