"I once called him the foremost novelist of his time -- this was at one of the Dutch Treat luncheons at Keene's in the early days when I was the Czar of the Club. Rupert Hughes indignantly replied, 'There can't be any one foremost novelist!' Very few people knew that Tark wanted to be an artist. In my portfolio I have a couple of his drawings, and they are terrible! Very good thing he learned to do something he should do. In his last years, I understand, he became a collector of 'art'! I only hope he could still see well enough to know what he was buying."