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1919 Yearbook

1919 Yearbook


1919 Yearbook


The following letter was opened by mistake, and was found so true to
life that it must herewith be printed:
Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport, Iowa, 1-23-19.
Mr. Joseph Mack,
St. Ambrose College.
Dear Mr. Mack:
I know that I am imposing on your sterling reputation by writing to
you before we have been properly introduced, and hope that you will pardon
this unconventional manner of introducing myself. I saw you on the street
today and, on inquiring, received your name and address, and resolved to
write to you.
I want you to portray the character of a backwoodsman in my new picture, "The Outlaw's Bride." As soon as I saw you this afternoon I realized
that you were thoroughly competent and entirely fitting for the role I have
chosen lor you, and hope that you will consider this matter in a favorable
Your compensation will be about twenty dollars, with all expenses paid
by me. I will be staying at the above mentioned hotel for the next week or
two, and hoping to receive a favorable reply in the near future, I beg to subscribe myself, Your friend and admirer,
Mary Pickford.
There was a young fellow, who thought he was wise; he thought he was
one of these real tough guys. So with a cob pipe, on a corner he stood. He
smoked stale tobacco, and inhaled when he could.
He stood there quite long and the grave passerby, gazed on this villain
with contemptuous eye. Along came a prefect, a jolly good fellow; he
gazed at the culprit and then he did bellow:
"Take that vile pipe out of your jaw, for by smoking that pipe you
break S. A. C. law."
With one last drag the culprit obeyed; then went his way quite undismayed. Ijt's the same old story, he thought he was wise, he thought he was
one of those real tough guys; but now he has found that he wasn't so wise,
nor was he as tough as some toughguys.




St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA 52803