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wore tiaras except me and the men wore docorations. And it was very, very picturesque and enjoyable.

Q:

This was indeed the old regime.

Lasker:

Oh, certainly.

Then on the 7th or 8th, Audrey invited me to a party at Blenheim Palace that was being given for the debut of Lady Sara Churchill, who is now Mrs. Russell, and whose child has just been given a debut at Blenheim, 25 years later. The facade of Blenheim Palace was lighted for the first time. There was a marvelous arrangement of huge delphiniums and other flowers in the Palace, and for the first time I had seen this rather ugly house in the daylight look marvelous because there were enough people in it; there were about a thousand people at the ball. The women were wonderfully dressed and the men were full of decorations. It was absolutely superb.

Q:

That's precisely what it was designed for.

Lasker:

Yes. When one goes through it as a tourist, which I had done when I was at Oxford, it looks grandiose and tasteless, but that night, lighted up for a big party, it looked superb. It was a fairy scene.

Before I had left for Europe I asked Albert Lasker when he thought a war would start, as he was sure that there would



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