Since our post of one of Mr Clark’s aboard-ship recordings was so popular, we thought we would share another with you this week. This one was recorded on March 3, 1930 on the Ile de France, and was directed to librarian and assistant Cora Sanders who was overseeing the library at home in Los Angeles.
Mr Clark begins by mentioning that he did not take Gustave Macon, the director of the Musee Chantilly, up on his offer of a visit because Seymour de Ricci (bibliographer and art historian) was not in town. After a trip to Corsica, it sounds as though Clark and his traveling companion Raymond Lemire stopped in Nice, where they met Frank Harris. Harris, whose entry in the Dictionary of National Biography summarizes his career with the words “journalist and rogue,” was a loyal friend of Oscar Wilde, and he corresponded with Mr Clark many times about Wilde and his circle. Mr Clark remarks that Harris was “a despicable character, but his wife seems very charming.” Clark would later correspond with Nellie Harris after Frank’s death.
In his closing greetings to Miss Sanders, Mr Clark mentions “the old man” and “Christopher,” but we are unsure who he is referring to. Mr Clark then records a postscript that we find a little puzzling:
We have seen Marie-Louise and there are many of them aboard, as well as a great many sons of — you know — but they are not sons of Moses.
What do you, dear readers, think? We hope that our Mr Clark was not being derogatory towards gay men, French soldiers or Jews here, but we can’t be sure! Please help us figure out this 1930s slang!
Oh, and enjoy the moment where Mr Clark chuckles!