Wayside Chapel
Posted by Bal Vallah on July 30, 1998 at 01:35:00:

An English woman, while in Switzerland, looked at several rooms in a large apartment house. She told
the schoolmaster who owned the house that she would let him know about renting one of the rooms
later. However, after she arrived back at her hotel, the thought occurred to her that she had not
asked about the water closet (bathroom). She immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking
about the "W.C., "being too bashful to write out the words "water closet." The Swiss schoolmaster,
who was far from being an expert in English, did not know what the initials "W.C." meant. He asked
the parish priest, and together they decided that it meant Wayside Chapel.The schoolmaster then wrote
the following letter to the very surprised woman.

Dear Madame,

I take great pleasure in informing you that the W.C. is located seven miles from the house
in the center of a beautiful grove of pine trees. It is capable of holding 229 people and
is open on Sunday and Thursday only. I recommend that you come early,although there is
plenty of standing room. This is an unfortunate situation, especially 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 by car and arrive just in time. I would especially
suggest that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is social music. Acoustically, the
place is excellent.

It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C., and it was there she
met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats.

The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings
joyously every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all,
since the people think it is a long-felt need.

My wife is rather delicate and does not go regularly. Naturally, it pains her very much not
to attend more often.

If you wish, I shall be glad to reserve the best seat for you where you will be seen by
all. Hoping I have been of service to you, I remain,

[the schoolmaster]

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