LAUGHING TORSO people said, and the inhabitants of the village were frightened of him. When he came to Paris he stayed in the Rue Vavin at the Hotel de Blois. I asked him if I could bring some friends to see him and he asked us to come in one day before dinner and have some cocktails. He said that he had in- vented a beautiful cocktail called Kubla Khan No. 2. He would not say what it was made of. I told Evan and he, I, and two young men went to try it out one evening. Crowley had only a small bedroom with a large cupboard. He opened the cupboard and took out a bottle of gin, a bottle of vermouth, and two other bottles. The last one was a small black bottle with an orange label on it, on which was written " POISON." He poured some liquid from the large bottles, and then from the black bottle he poured a few drops and shook the mixture up. The "POISON" I found out afterwards, was laudanum. I believe that it is supposed to be an aphrodisiac but it had no effect at all on any of us except Cecil Maitland, who was there also. After we left he rushed into the street, and in and out of all the cafes behaving in a most strange manner, accosting everyone he came into contact with. I introduced J. W. N. Sullivan to Crowley. They got on very well together, as they both were very good chess-players and very good mathematicians as well. I don't think that Sullivan was much interested in magic, but they found plenty to talk about. Crowley had taken to painting, and painted the most fantastic pictures in very bright colcmrs* He painted a picture about a foot and a '