CONGRESS: Silver-Tongued Sunbeam

Abie's Irish Rose ran for 2,532 performances. Tobacco Road is in its sixth year. Senator Henry Fountain Ashurst of Arizona has been running since March 27, 1912, which is easily the longest U. S. theatrical engagement on record.

Last week Congressional Record readers guffawed at the latest maneuver of the Prescott, Ariz. polysyllabist—an insertion of no less than 19½ pages (40,000-plus words) of Ashurstiana, the nearest thing there is to a complete collected edition of the famed, lush, Ashurstian magniloquence. Said debonair Henry happily:

"This doesn't mean that I'm starting to run for another...

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