THE PRESIDENCY: Mr. Coolidge's Week: Dec. 22, 1924

Mr. Coolidge's Week

¶ One Howard Thurston played a trick on Calvin Coolidge. A stage was erected in the East Room of the White House; and the Coolidges (who are not attending public theatricals) assembled with a score of guests. Howard Thurston arrived with a moving van full of paraphenalia. With ducks, geese, pigeons, rabbits he prestidigitated. Then he took the President's watch, a gift from the Massachusetts Legislature, smashed it with a hammer, called for a loaf of bread from the kitchen. It was...

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