Saturday, January 30, 2010

An Apology

(This appeared in Rolling Stone shortly before it "suspended publiaction" never to resume)

The person who sweeps the office, translates letters from foreign countries, deciphers communications from graduates of business colleges, and does most of the writing for this paper, has been confined for the past two weeks to the under side of a large red quilt, with a joint caucus of la grippe and measles.

We have missed two issues of The Rolling Stone and are now slightly convalescent, for which we desire to apologize and express our regrets.

Everybody's term of subscription will be extended enough to cover all missed issues, and we hope soon to report that the goose remains suspended at a favorable altitude. People who have tried to run a funny paper and entertain a congregation of large piebald measles at the same time will understand soemthing of the tact, finesse, and hot tea required to do so. We expect to get out the paper regularly from this time on, but are forced to be very careful, as improper treatment and deleterious after-effects of measles, combined with the high price of a paper and presswork, have been known to cause relapse. Any one not getting their paper regularly will please come down and see about it, bringing with them a ham or any little delicacy ralished by invalids.

O. Henry's short story