Trinidad Guardian, 25 June 1918; reprinted, Trinidad Guardian, 25 June 1993, p. 3, 75 Years Ago Today: Ramblin nonsense Note : This piece was probably written by the Trinidad Guardians marketing manager, to encourage people to buy and read their own copies of the newspaper. Since I buyin you paper TO DE EDITOR De Trinidad Guardian. Dear Mr. Editor, Since I buyin you paper I get plenty fren. Pun a mornin Billy Bighead come in an sez: Hellow John, how you mudder, how you farder? Le me read de Guardian! Two minits later Mary Ninetoes come in an sez: Hello John, how you keepin, how you comin, len me de Guardian! Soon after de door open an in comes Sam Souz: Hello fren he sez, how you nenen1, how Susan len me de Guardian! An fore I have time to put on me coat fo go an wurk, in hops Potogee2 Puddin an sez: Len me de Guardian quick, fo Maria, me 300 poun Maria blowin cane in de house coz she aint got fo cent in change! Dat is four ob dem Mister Editor, so I kalkerlate fo times fo is sixteen cents or two poun ob flour deses people save offer pore me! 1 nenen Godmother 2 Potogee Portuguese
English Version TO THE EDITOR The Trinidad Guardian. Dear Mr. Editor, Since Ive been buying your paper I have plenty of friends. One morning Billy Bighead comes in and says: Hello John, hows your mother, hows your father? Let me read the Guardian! Two minutes later Mary Ninetoes comes in and says: Hello John, howre you keeping, howre you coming along lend me the Guardian! So on after the door opens and in comes Sam Souz: Hello friend, he says, hows your nenen, hows Susan lend me the Guardian! And before I have time to put on my coat to go and work, in hops Portuguese Pudding and says: Lend me the Guardian quick, for Maria, my 300 pound Maria, is blowing cane [?] in the house because she doesnt have four cents in change! That is four of them, Mister Editor, so I calculate four times four is sixteen cents or two pounds of flour these people are saving off poor me!