People, Nov. 21, 1938

Arriving in Manhattan to watch rehearsals of his new revue, Set to Music, brilliantine Author-Actor Noel Coward insisted: "I really never wrote an epigram in my life . . . only the crack dirty."

In Manhattan the 88th birthday of the late Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was celebrated by proxy by Mrs. Annie Ide Cockran, who has had full and undisputed right to Stevenson's birthday (November 13) for 47 years. Reason: in 1891 her father, General Henry Clay Ide, U. S. Land Commissioner in Samoa, told his great & good friend Stevenson that his...

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