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they bloomed. Well, this discouraged me for several years. Thenthis year I thought, well, they won't -- spring again, it's got to be clearly in spring, so I've given them enough to plant the ends of six blocks in the sixties, so we'll see if they don't dig them up and if they replace them with some begonias to make the whole thing look pretty, for a few blocks anyway.

I did get a wonderful opportunity, to get Mrs. Enid Haupt, in giving flowering trees to New York, and she's given enough to plant the whole of Park Avenue down to 54th St., from 74th to 54th, and such hospitals and churches as wanted to have flowering trees planted for them, on the East Side. So that ought to make a gay look for a week every year when the trees develop.

Q:

Park Avenue is noticeably improved. You're always getting plaudits from my wife every time we drive down there.

Lasker:

Tell her to look for the tulips. But imagine, 80,000 bulbs they dug up.

Q:

That's incredible, how could they do that?

Lasker:

Well, they're just such idiots and the thing is so badly run.

Q:

But when they began digging them up, couldn't they see?

Lasker:

When they began digging it up they did it all so fast that you couldn't stop them. They were re-doing six or eight center strips and they just forgot they'd planted any tulips -- changed the design,



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