Fri, 25 June 2010
Fri, June 25 2010
Mister Ron's Basement #1713
Back in Episode #1418, we read 'Spoopendyke at Death's Door,' which was obligingly photocopied by a fan from the 1883-84 edition of 'St. Jacob's Oil Family Calendar and Book of Health and Humor for the Million.'
We now have the entire booklet and it is chock full of great stories by some of our favorite authors!
One of those favorite authors is James M. Bailey, The Danbury Newsman, who has written some of the funniest stories of all time back in the 1870s.
This is NOT one of them. Bailey was pretty much burned out by 1882, and today's story is tired, has very few good laughs, and just withers away at the end without a punch line. Still, it is kind of interesting.
The story is called 'Mrs. Stuggs' Carpet.'
Time: approx ten and a half minutes
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