An American travelling in Europe engaged a courier. Arriving at an inn in Austria, the man asked his servant to enter his name in accordance with the police regulations of that country. Some time after, the man asked the servant if he had complied with his orders.
"Yes, sir," was the reply.
"How did you write my name?" asked the master.
"Well, sir, I can't pronounce it," answered the servant, "but I copied it from your portmanteau, sir."
"Why, my name isn't there. Bring me the book." The register was brought, and, instead of the plain American name of two syllables, the following entry was revealed:
"Monsieur Warranted Solid Leather."
The story is told of Helen Hunt, the famous author of "Ramona," that one morning after church service she found a purse full of money and told her pastor about it.
"Very well," he said, "you keep it, and at the evening service I will announce it," which he did in this wise:
"This morning there was found in this church a purse filled with money. If the owner is present he or she can go to Helen Hunt for it."
And the minister wondered why the congregation tittered!