Old Ruse

"Once after a performance in Boston an elderly lady met me at thestage door," Eddie Cantor once recalled. "She said I had reminded her of her only son she had lost in the war and she had spent her last few dollars to see me. A lump gathered in my throat and I pressed a ten-dollar note into her trembling hand. A few minutes later I met an actor appearing in the same show.

"'A funny thing happened to me,' he said. 'A little old woman withtears in her eyes stopped me at the stage door and said she had spent her last dollar to see my show because I reminded her of her only son who was killed in the war, so I slipped her a ten-spot. It's very touching, isn t it.'

"I said, 'It touched me, too.'"

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