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bathtub ever came waltzing in, or rather roller-skated in.
In our homeward bound fiacre, Mark remained silent for fully ten minutes; then he delivered himself sadly but firmly:
"No, it's all off with that mellerdrammer. For if I let Schratt ride down to the footlights in that golden tub, people will want to see the Empress in it, too; next they will holler for Kaiser Bill, Sarah Bernhardt, Loie Fuller, and William Jennings Bryan. It won't work—people are such hogs!"
And the drama was never proceeded with.