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turned out to be a Spaniard and, when the situation
was explained to him, he quite appreciated the joke
and they all continued to drink together. I re-
mained with them for a short time, but realized that
if I stayed very long an ambulance would have to be
sent for to carry me home to my Pole, who did not
appreciate the eccentric behaviour of the Anglo-
Saxons. The Irishman was very strange and
secretive about himself. He often hinted at the
unusual way in which he earned his living. We
knew that he was a journalist, but nothing at all
about the paper or papers he worked for. One day
I was with the War correspondent, Donohue, who
is now dead, and two other men. The Irishman
hurried past us. I said afterwards to him, cc Why
on earth did you run away from us like that." He
said, " Those men know all about me.35 Eventually
we discovered that his great and terrible secret was
that he was on the advertising staff of a very well
known English newspaper. He was extremely good
at his job, and went all over Europe interviewing
Lord Mayors and important business men. When
he found out that nobody except himself seemed to
consider it a bore, and an undignified way of earning
one's living, he became quite calm. As far as we
could make out he got the sack regularly once a
week but, being apparently indispensable, was
taken back the following day.
One day when I was sitting in the Parnasse,
two strange females appeared. I was sitting with
Harrison Dowd, one of the few Americans whom
\. Pam-v One was Jewish and the other