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M. Max O’Rell’s Letter Box.

The most amusing part of M. O’Rell’s latest book is the appendix of letters which the author has received from unknown correspondents. “Sir, —It is wopderful,” writes “ A True Christian,” “ that you should remain in England ta write and abqse her people just to please the French and fill your pockets. I have read year f John Bull and His Island.’ It is a pack of lies from beginning to end. Joanna Southcott was a’ true prophetess, and no other than the woman of the desert spoken of by St. John in the ‘ Book of Revelations.’ Most of her prophecies nave been fulfilled already, and no doubt the rest will be fulfilled all in God’s good tiipe. Beware of bringing down the anger of the Almighty on tjie sins of jeering and lying. Rest assured that you will cut but a very poor figure on the day of her resurrection.” One day the author found in his letter box an epistle, the envelope of which was addressed to “John Bull, Esq., Cornhill, London, E.C.” A post office wag had written on the back in blue pencil; “Not known. Try Max O’Rell,” An anonymous wit (adds Max p’Rell) supplied the following to my collection : have hot the bump of amativeness, and that you never saw them pay to their wives those little attentions that are known in Franafc by the name of marivaudage, and in England by that of ‘spooning.’ But, my dear sir, does it not strike you that perhaps those provoking Britons waited until you had left’ their houses to proceed to business ?’ This one ‘ has ’ me, I will readily admit.” M. O’Rell is sometimes in luck, as when a young lady writes to him in this strain: and myself have beeh speculating as to what you are like—whether you are youilg or old, plain er good looking, till or short, married or single. We scarcely dare hope that you will satisfy our _ bnriosity by replying to this letter; but if you have a photograph of yourself to spare it would settle our minds greatly.” Other ladies, more bold,' send their love—two or three evenjsend kisses; but, alas 1 by post.

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M. Max O’Rell’s Letter Box., Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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M. Max O’Rell’s Letter Box. Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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