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    An American friend of Edmond Rostand says that the great dramatist once told him of a curious encounter he had had with a local magistrate in a town not far from his own.

    It appears that Rostand had been asked to register the birth of a friend's newly arrived son. The clerk at the registry office was an officious little chap, bent on carrying out the letter of the law. The following dialogue ensued:

    "Your name, sir?"

    "Edmond Rostand."


    "Man of letters, and member of the French Academy."

    "Very well, sir. You must sign your name. Can you write? If not, you may make a cross." - Howard Morse.

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