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MR. CHURCHILL—Philip Guedalla—Reynal & Hitchcock ($3).

At Cowes, during a ball aboard a British cruiser one August night in the 1870s, the future Lord Randolph Churchill met three American girls named Jerome and promptly told a friend that he intended to marry "the dark one." Next day he proposed and was accepted. To his ducal father's natural question young Churchill replied: "Mr. Jerome is a gentleman who is obliged to live in New York to look after his business. I do not know what it is."

Thus Britain's No. 1 biographer, Philip Guedalla, suggests the...

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