"At Welbeck Abbey, the Duke of Portland's house, Sir Alfred Fripp was a fellow guest of the Marquis de Villalobar, of the Spanish Embassy. This clever and amusing diplomat had the disadvantages of an artificial leg, an artificial hand, artificial hair, and artificial teeth. One night he was late for dinner. The Duchess was getting worried, with Royal guests arriving, so she said to the Groom of the Chambers, 'We will give him five minutes more, then we will have dinner.' But before that five minutes was up, the servant was back. 'If you please, your Grace, the Marquis has come to pieces in the hall,' he said. It had, a marble floor!"
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