Jewish Crusader

While lunching at the Algonquin Hotel one afternoon, George S. Kaufman was subjected by a certain notorious bore to a lengthy monologue on the great antiquity and eminence of his family -- which, the man claimed, could trace its origins back to the Crusades.

"I had a famous ancestor, too," Kaufman deadpanned, "Sir Roderick Kaufman. He also went off to the Crusades." Here Kaufman paused for a moment, before adding: "As a spy, of course."

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