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York Penal Code, which forbade the sale or distribution of “any obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, indecent, sadistic, masochistic or disgusting book, magazine, pamphlet,” and so on. The second invoked Sec- tion 211 of the U.S. Criminal Code against sending obscene material through the mail.36 The whole matter ceased to be amusing when bootleg copies of the sup- pressed novel began selling for fifty dollars apiece. The fact that Jones had wilted so readily when confronted with the remote chance of criminal pros- ecution and the possibility of jail now began to enrage

left Helen out in the cold car while he first knocked to see whether his friend was at home and in the ensuing conversation apparently forgot about her. Finally, when Dreiser asked for a bottle of his bootleg scotch and Mencken willingly provided it, Dreiser further oªended him by insisting on paying for it. In fairness to Dreiser, he was wrought up and exhausted after the com- pletion of his novel. Later, after Dreiser’s death, Mencken reminded Helen of the incident (“how I resented . . . his aloof indiªerence to my mother’s illness”), saying while it was a long

down to the middle of his boot-leg, had bone buttons of great size, and was made of coarse white blanketing and had a very broad and conspicuous green stripe running round its skirts low down. He had had scarlet fever when he was a boy, and it had injured his ear-machinery; the defect had increased with the years until at last he couldn't hear himself talk, and didn't believe anybody else could. His people were all dead; he lived by odd jobs, which were infrequent and he did not regret it; he was a sociable animal, and knew everybody, including the "niggers," and