Among the plethora of characteristics that go to make the personality of M. Paul Painlevé, President of the Chamber of Deputies, is that of absentmindedness.
Returning to Paris from Havre, whence he had gone to attend some Franco-Belgian confabs, M. Painlevé announced that he had lost his trunk. The station was searched from end to end by an army of porteurs; but there was no trunk.
The train had been held up and officials were getting worried, when M. Painlevé called the station master aside and whispered softly:
"Don't wait any longer; I...