Typical amusing sketches--Spoof, a thousand-guinea novel, The reading public: a bookstore study, The shattered health of Mr Podge, Education made agreeable, Who is also who, Sidelights on the supermen, and others. They have appeared in various magazines, and to readers of Nonsense Novels and Literary lapses will need no introduction.
XVI THE FIRST NEWSPAPER XVII IN THE GOOD TIME AFTER THE WAR
Readers are requested to note that this novel has taken our special prize of a cheque for a thousand guineas. This alone guarantees for all intelligent readers a palpitating interest in every line of it. Among the thousands of MSS. which reached us--many of them coming in carts early in the morning, and moving in a dense phalanx, indistinguishable from the Covent Garden Market waggons; others pouring down our coal-chute during the working hours of the day; and others again being slipped surreptitiously into our letter-box by pale, timid girls, scarcely more than children, after nightfall (in fact many of them came in their night-gowns),--this manuscript alone was the sole one--in fact the only one--to receive the prize of a cheque of a thousand guineas. To other competitors we may have given, inadvertently perhaps, a bag of
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