BACK. TO PARIS AND CELEBRITIES Senate. Some of the wicked English who used to dine there, on one occasion were discovered popping an indecent book through the Senators* letter-box. It was a French one too, which they had bought, and, owing to its incredible indecency, they were rather embarrassed with its presence in their hotel. I met Van Loon at one-thirty. He handed me a packet of a hundred blank visiting cards and said, " I dined last night at Larue with two friends of mine and we did a hundred and fifty drawings; I thought that you might find these useful for making drawings in public places/5 I thanked him and, I think, we did one or two drawings then to christen them. He also bought me a history book of his called Ancient Man which he had illustrated. He did very amusing little drawings. I wished that, when I had been a child, I had been given such an interesting history book, I might have taken some interest in the subject. We had ordered sole and on the first page he did a drawing of a sole and underneath wrote, " To N. H., in memory of a common sole." I was delighted and we had great fun. Van Loon drank Vichy water and I had some wine. Suddenly he said, " My God, this is Thanks- giving Day I I had quite forgotten it, I must give you a present, what would you like? " I could not think of anything for a minute, but after thinking a little.I said, "I would like a guitar.55 He said, " That is splendid, I play the violin myself and we will go and inspect the musk shops." We went round the back streets in the neighbourhood of the Boulevard St. Germain which was quite near. I •:.-'. ':•'.,' '.'• :,""...•' 247 'X ; '"•" '"'•'" ' ""' '