(english lady)

Wayside Chapel.

An English lady,while living in Switzerland,was looking for a room and asked the schoolmaster if he could recommend any. He took her to several rooms and, when everything was arranged, the lady returned to her home to prepare for the move. When she arrived home the thought suddenly came to her that she had seen no water closet(toilet) around the place, so she immediatly wrote to the schoolmaster asking him if there was a W.C. around.

The schoolmaster was a very poor master of English, so he asked the Parish Priest if he could help in the matter. Together they tried to discover what the letters W.C. meant. The only solution they could find was "Wayside Chapel". The schoolmaster then wrote the following note to the lady seeking a W.C. with the room.

Dear Madam:

I take great comfort in informing you that a W.C. is located 9 miles from the house, in the center of a beautiful grove of trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 200 people and is open on Sundays and Thursdays only. As there are a great many people expected in the summer months, I would suggest that you come in early, although there is usually plenty of standing room. This is an unfortunate situation, particularly if you are in the habit of going regularly. You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good number bring their lunch and make a day of it; while others who can afford it go on Thursday when there is organ accompaniment. The accoustics are excellent and the most delicate sound can be heard anywhere. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C., for it was there she first met her husband. I can remember the rush for seats. And there were 10 people to a seat usually occupied by one, and it was a wonderful sight to see. The expressions on their faces. The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all, since the people feel it is a long wait.

My wife is very delicate and she can't go regularly. It is almost a year since we went last. Naturally it pains her not to be able to go more often. I shall be delighted to save the best seat for you, if you wish, where you will be seen by all.

Hoping to have been of service , I remain.



The Schoolmaster


PS: Hymm sheets are to be found behind the door.


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