Sybil Bruncheon's "Christmas Tales From The Past": The Story of Mercy Milde...

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... a rare photo of the much-beloved ecdysiast "Mercy Milde"... known for the generous display of her ...um.. "talents" to lonely servicemen during the war, especially at Christmastime! She performed in all the various theatres of "Gaiety" along the Vronsky, Minsky, and Schneidelmann circuits. She was unable to say "no" to a handsome pair of eyes, a shy smile, and a military uniform!... whether it was the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, or the Marines! Although she never made as much money as most of the other circuit-girls did (and for far more than they ever gave their clients!) she nonetheless was infinitely more respected and cherished by the men who knew her....She had been around the world at least 13 times, spoke fluent Italian and French, ate off china that had belonged to Austrian royalty, and served tea in sterling that had been in the palace of a Venetian prince. Her three Braques, eight Picassos, four Cezannes, and a Miro all stimulated admiring conversations and merry anecdotes..... and twenty-three museums begged her for her stunning basalt statue of the Egyptian cat-goddess Bubaste dating from the 19th dynasty and said to have belonged to Ramses II himself.... Her great heart and luminous soul provided everything and anything that one could wish for.... she never pretended to be other than what she was. Her word was her bond. She lived to be 97, dying peacefully in her sleep after a happy life free of illness and worry. She was kind to children. Loving to strangers. Adored by dogs. And greatly respected by cats (who on occasion even admitted that they loved her!!!.... when they were in the mood to be candid)...

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