An English lady visiting Switzerland was looking for a room and asked a local schoolmaster whether he could possible recommend one. He took her to see several rooms and when everything was settled she returned home to make final preparations to move. When she arrived home the thought occurred to her that she had not seen a "W.C." in the place.

She immediately wrote a note to the school-master asking him whether or not there was a W.C.

The school-master was a very poor student in English so he asked the parish priest whether he could help in the matter.

Together they tried to find the meaning of the letters W.C. The only solution they could find was "WAYSIDE CHAPEL". The school-master then wrote the following reply.

Dear Madam,
I take great pleasure in informing that there is a W.C. situated 9 miles from the house in the centre of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by a lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people at once and it is open on Sundays and Thursdays only. AS there are a great number of people expected during the summer months, I suggest that you come early although usually there is plenty of standing room. This is an unfortunate situation especially if you are in the habit of going quite regularly.

It may be of some interest to know that my daughter was married in the W.C. and it was where she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for the seats. There were 10 people to every seat usually occupied by one. It was a wonderful experience to see the expression on their faces.

You will be glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch and make a day of it, while those who can afford to go by car arrive just in time. I would especially recommend that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is an organ accompaniment.

The acoustics are excellent, and even the most delicate sounds can be heard everywhere for miles.

The newest addition is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is held to provide for plush seats for all, since people feel it is long needed. My wife is rather delicate so she can't attend regularly.

It is almost a year since she last went, and naturally it pains her very much not to be able to go more often. She feels she should go at least as often as others.

I shall be delighted to reserve you the best seat, where you will be seen by all. For the children there is a special day and time so that they do not disturb the elders. Hoping to be of some service to you. Hope to see you comfortably seated with me soon.



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