Ben Pinchot – Theatre Magazine, August 1928 (page 37)
Bluebeard Watson died in 1939; he left his “fortune” to all he considered his friends. First was the warden Duffy then warden Holohan, Dr. Leo Stanley, and Lt. Dan Coughlin, a prison officer. The Will also named The Salvation Army, the Volunteers of America, and Duffy said, “for reasons none of us could imagine Henry L. Mencken.” So naturally, I had to know more.
H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat. He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun:
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.