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whom they have some other reason for knowing. They know your aunt in Boston, or they know your first cousin who spends the summers at Nanuet where they do, or they've been connected with somebody whom you've been connected with. That's the way they know you. It's the same as if you went to Providence, or any such city. You wouldn't know the old “cave dwellers” either unless you know somebody who knows them.

The “cave dwellers” are people who lived in Washington before the Revolution. The “cave dwellers” are the Blairs, who came in with Andrew Jackson. They're regarded as “cave dwellers” now because they married into “cave dwelling” families. The “cave dwellers” may have political views, but they have no political standing. Mabel Boardman, who's now dead, was a “cave dweller.” The William Corcorans are “cave dwellers.” The Flather family are “cave dwellers.” The woman who wrote for the Hearst papers under the name of Beatrice Fairfax, whose real name was Mrs. Gash, was a Washington “cave dweller.” Her son, Oliver Gash, is a considerably well-known lawyer. He was fairly young when we came to Washington and took my daughter Susanna out occasionally, which is how I got to know him. The Ansburys are a part of the old “cave dwelling” outfit.

Mrs. Gash came to call on me during my first official “at home” in Georgetown, when the ladies of the Cabinet always

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