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Did the “autobiographies” sell?
The first one was very successful. The second one,
partially, the third one beginning to go down-hill. Luckily,
he stopped himself just about the time we would have done it
for him because he was running out of invention.
Another wonderful story about Elliot Paul was when he
was living in Paris after the war. The King and Queen of Great
Britain were received in France. That was the first time that
they had come over to France since the war had ended, and a
great luncheon was given for them. For this luncheon, the
great chef of every province of France came up to cook his
famous dish and the great wines of every province were bought
for this thing. So they had all of the finest wines in France.
Old Elliot, who was a clever fellow, realized that they would
never have a chance to touch one-twentieth of those wines and
most of the lunch would go uneaten and be ruined. The King
and Queen were at the luncheon about three-quarters of an
hour. To eat this meal would take about eighteen hours. He
didn't care about the food, but the wine that had been given,
he realized, was the gieatest wine in France. So, the afternoon
of the luncheon, he applied to buy all of the wine that
was left over from this lunch; and they were delighted to sell
it to him at cost. He got himself a superb wine cellar. He
was offered a profit of about 700 per cent on this purchase.
All of the wine merchants in France the next day came around
to get in on this, but Elliot had out-thought them by twenty-four
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