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Offline Talya

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Olga Describes New York
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:07:40 PM »
I want to know if the following is in fact true;

"Not long ago, she [Olga] wrote an imaginary description of New York. This description was made public and was highly amusing. In it she tells of twenty reporters called upon her at six o'clock in the morning, and of how Meesers [??] J. D. Rockefeller, George Gould, and Andrew Carnegie sent up their cards- 'gold cards with jewelled letters'".

From Reminiscences By Henry Clay Barnabee 1907, Harvard University

Does anyone know if it is true??
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Re: Olga Describes New York
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011, 11:56:43 PM »
Messrs is the abbreviation (pronounced "messers") for messieurs and is used in English; Messieurs is French; Messrs or Messieurs is a term used to address many men rather than "Mr Pink, Mr White, et al."

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Re: Olga Describes New York
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011, 05:00:51 AM »
Olga was 11 (rising 12) in 1907, and 'gold cards with jewelled letters' sound like an 11-year-old's imagination at work!
I wonder whether it has survived.

Crown Prince Rudolf (aged eight) wrote a description of Franz Josef's coronation as King of Hungary in 1867, which is rather fun - peppered with 'A lot more Latin was said'.