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Max Beerbohm is mistaken for James Barrie

At George Meredith's funeral in 1909, Max Beerbohm was mistaken for fellow scribe James Barrie (the Scottish author of Peter Pan): "As I left, a young woman rushed up to me, crying, 'Mr. Barrie, Mr. Barrie -- you are Mr. Barrie, aren't you!? Will you write something for me in my autograph book? Here it is!' -- I know it was in poor taste; I said nothing, but when I took the volume my pen ran away with me, and I wrote, 'Ay, Lassie! It's a sad day the noo. J. M. Barrie.'"

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