LAUGHING TORSO probably be cross to think that I had kept them. Apparently Epstein was asked to sign them by the man to whom I sold them. He was quite pleased to do so and said, " These are drawings that I must have done about twenty years ago." I used to go two or three times a week, to hear the Negro Spirituals and talk to Mrs. Reavis, who was most charming and very beautiful. One day she told me that a coloured dance was being given, and that the President of Liberia and his family would be there. There was first of all a conference where speeches were made and they talked about the troubles of the coloured races. I went with a friend of mine and we with one other woman were the only white people present. The orchestra were aching to play and dance, and were getting rather bored with the speeches. It all ended in a great deal of dancing and a terrible lot of noise. I was introduced to the President of Liberia and his wife and family. They were very dark indeed, and the daughter, who was about nine or ten, had the funniest hair, there was hardly any of it and it was very short and woolly. What intrigued me was how she had managed to attach a large white bow of ribbon to it. I was beginning to be very bored with London and thought of returning to Paris as soon as I got paid by the Art School; this was once every six weeks, so I only had a very little money unless I sold some pictures. I made enquiries about getting a passport and found that it was quite easy for me. I had to have a Belgian one. I waited anxiously for lie term to finish and decided to go to Paris as soon ' ' ' ' '