By the express invitation of Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes, acting in the name of the U. S. Government, M. Firmin Gémier, who has for many years been the director of Le Theatre National de I'Odéon of Paris, arrived in the U. S. to produce some of his famous plays. The invitation was not merely a courteous act toward M. Gémier, but a gracious recognition of France as
Mére des passions, des arts et des talents;
Qui, penplant I'univers de fantomes brillants,
Et d'espoir tour a tour et de crainte suivie,
Ou dore ou rembrunit...