Mr. Ellis Parker Butler recently submitted, in a spirit of adventure, a story to the editors of The Century. The function of an editor being to criticize and find fault, it was suggested to Mr. Butler, as tactfully and as humanely as the seriousness of his misdemeanors would permit, that some changes in the story might possibly improve it. Breathless, we print his reply -- without comment.
E. P. BUTLER LITERATURE FACTORY
242 State St., Flushing, N. Y.
Department of Corrections and Repairs
April 30, 1913.
The Century Magazine, New York.
Regarding your memo, of yesterday in regard to the 1913 model story recently purchased by you from this company, would say we cannot understand why you have found so many repairs necessary.
While we only guarantee our product for one year from date of purchase, all goods are examined before shipment, and should reach you in good condition, and stand any ordinary wear and tear for twelve months. We cannot understand your complaint. Is it not possible you have allowed sand to get in the gear-box of the story?
However, we are shipping you by this same mail material to replace the unsatisfactory parts, Nos. 13 and 14, and trust that, with these in place, the purchase will give you good satisfaction. In case of any further trouble please address this department.
Yours very truly,
E. P. Butler Literature Factory,
Per E. P. B.
E. P. B./E. P. B.
In answering this communication
please refer to Correction No. 987564.