“The following story, which from interior evidence I judge to be at least twenty-five years old, has amused be more than any I’ve heard in years:
“The scene is a banquet in Victorian England. Wine is flowing freely. Dinner is at last over and the chief speaker arises unsteadily to begin his oration with a toast.
“The chief speaker (holding a wavering glass on high): ‘Gen’lemen—the queal!’
“I can hear the editors of THE HERALD protest that I have a curious sense of humor. None the less it’s my favorite story.”
Published in The New York Herald newspaper (8 April 1923, Sunday, magazine section).