People: Talking of Shop

Novelist Somerset Maugham, visiting friends in San Francisco to celebrate his 75th birthday, had something pleasant to remember. "The nicest compliment ever paid me," he announced, "was a letter from a G.I. in the Pacific during the war, who wrote me that he had read an entire story of mine without having to look up a single word in the dictionary."

Vice President Alben Berkley made a realistic admission, a luxury that an ex-Senator can afford. Caught between trains in Indianapolis, he explained: "I'm on my way to punish an audience with a speech."...

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