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"We shall come up to Tiberias with your wife and Fritzchen," Kingscourt assured him.

"Thank you. Please do not mention my leaving town now to anyone. There are times when even one's friends are superfluous. I should be deluged with inquiries"

"I hope your mother will soon feel better," said Friedrich.

"I know what that 'better' will be," David shrugged hopelessly. "Good-by!"

After Miriam and David had left, they went to the Congress. A large crowd stood in front of the great building, which was decorated with blue and white flags draped in mourning for the late President.

The auditorium was a lofty marble room with overhead lighting from an opaque glass ceiling. The delegates were in the committee rooms and lobbies, so that their seats were still vacant. The galleries, however, were already crowded, and every now and again some delegate would come up to tell his friends of developments behind the scenes. Most of the women in the galleries wore subdued costumes, since the thirty days' period of mourning for President Eichenstamm was not yet completed.

However, in the box next to Friedrich's, there sat several women in very light costumes and striking hats. The party consisted of Mrs. and Miss Weinberger, Mrs. and Miss Laschner, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Schlesinger, Doctor Walter, and Mr. Schiffmann. The humorists Gruen and Blau were also among those present. Friedrich would have preferred to leave his box, but there was no more room anywhere in the galleries. Besides, Kingscourt was so much amused by his neighbors that he refused to budge. They could hear everything that went on in the next box, where Mr. Schlesinger sat in front with the ladies. The witty Mr. Gruen was making puns about the Congress, the point being that he wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the defeated candidate.

"I hear that Marcus will lose," declared Schiffmann.

"How do you know that?" asked the representative of the Baroness von Goldstein. "Entre nous, it's all one to me."

Schiffmann smiled mysteriously." I have my sources of information. Know everything, need nothing."

"Schiffmann has good tips that he plays on the stock exchange," said Blau enviously."

"I should like to know," said Dr. Walter, "what this election will mean in terms of bulls and bears.'"

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