Sunday’s Piece

“Dear John Lentell –
We are holding for ransom one irreplaceable imported (smuggled?) article. Do not contact either the C.I.D. or the local Fuzz. Your article will be returned to you unbroken if you comply with this stipulation. Place the following piece in the Rhodesia Herald –

‘For the cup of sun I stole
From the shelf beside the roll
I apologise most abjectly.’

All transactions will be carried out over a bottle of Manica. This is your one and only ultimatum – comply with it or your article will be brushed out. Peace.”

(Anonymous letter received – unstamped – 5c postage dud)

John Lentell
13th March, 1971

Wednesday’s Piece

I never could understand how a person speaking only English thought it funny to hear broken english spoken by a foreigner who could speak 10 other languages too.

(Gracie Allen, 1895 – 1964)

John Lentell
9th March, 1971

gracie allen

Saturday’s Piece

She loved him, but probably no woman can live with a man for many years without having an indulgent contempt for him, and wondering how he is considered a good man of business.

(J. M. barrie, 1860 – 1937)

John Lentell
6th March, 1971

jm barrie