John J. Pershing, hitherto undistinguished for verbal valor, lunged deftly last week with the rapier of irony.

He was attending an Army and Navy Club luncheon in honor of Secretary Hughes, Secretary Weeks and Representative Winslow, all three of whom were born on April 11. Mr. Weeks is 64, Mr. Hughes 62, Mr. Winslow 62.

In congratulating them, the General expressed the fear that an "investigation" might be ordered. "These three gentlemen," said he, "were born on the same date, which makes it possible that collusion might have been practiced."


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