First of the chronicles of La Vie anecdotique that Apollinaire published in the Mercure de France.
It was published, under the pseudonym of "Montade" in the issue of April 1, 1911; the manuscript, with erasures and corrections, was used for the printing; a summary in blue ink was added at the head.
This chronicle begins with this statement: "I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them and of the hearts, I want especially to know what gnaws them".
The first passage concerns Jules ROMAINS: "Since my first meeting with Jules Romains and while the literary reasons that could have kept us apart were accumulating, sympathy was born that brought us together.
It comes, I was told, from the fact that we are of the same date [August 16]. It is the most romantic day of the year, hence this pseudonym of Romans while I myself was born in Rome"...
Then he evokes the 90th birthday of the Prince-Regent of Bavaria, before speaking about anti-Semitism, on the occasion of a demonstration: "In front of us stood an old man who [...] indulged in a maneuver that seemed to me the strangest of the world. With a piece of his overcoat, he simulated a figure which he then told me was a donkey's head and showed it insistently to the Jewish gentleman who, embarrassed to be there, discreetly withdrew after a few minutes. Seeing that he was leaving, the old man laughed loudly and said to me: "He's gone! He's gone! This is the old gesture of French anti-Semitism. In 1850 schoolchildren still did it to their Jewish classmates. I have never forgotten it [...] they run away at the sight of the donkey's head"...
Then Apollinaire attacks Émile FAGUET (the name, written in all letters on the manuscript, was printed F...) : "M. Faguet writes willingly according to a canvas brought to him by his publisher. It only remains for the Academician to amplify it. [...] This is the beginning of the division of labor in literature".