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pRMENTRUDE arrived from town
^ with a multitude of parcels. " I went
to the stores," she explained, "and got
everything we wanted; it was no good
trusting them to send them anything, so
I put them all in a taxi and took them off,
so here is everything. There is the note-
paper and the soap and the dish cloths
and — heaps of things, I can't remember
half of them."
"And what about the go-cart?" I
asked. (We are going to give Charlie a
go-cart for his birthday.)
"Oh," said Ermentrude, "they prom-
ised faithfully to send it to the station to
meet me in time to catch the 5.15, but,
of course, it never came, although I
waited about until the last moment."
x"And the bill?"
"The bill! Oh, I suppose they will
send that, won't they? I didn't pay
anything, if that is what you mean."
Being a very methodical man, I imme-
diately wrote off the following letter to
the manager of the Circus Stores:
"Dear Sir, — My wife purchased some
things from you on the 12th inst. As
she IS not quite sure what the account
came to, I should be glad if you would
send me a detailed statement of the va-
rious items, on receipt of which I will
forward you a cheque. — Yours truly,
" P.S. — ^The go-cart which my wife said
you promised faithfully to send to Euston
to meet her did not turn up. — C. M."
To this the Circus Stores Ltd. replied
"To account rendered.. . .£4. 15s. iid."
I wrote again, and asked if they would
kindly oblige by sending a detailed ac-
count, so that I might know for what I
was paying. I also asked again what had
happened to the go-cart.
This elicited a reply, still brief, but a
little fuller than the last. It ran thus:
"To account rendered £4. 15s. iid.
"A cheque will oblige."
I wrote a third time, asking for a de-
tailed account and also concerning the .
fate of the go-cart. I had not long to
wait for the reply. It ran as follows:
"Dear Sir, — I beg to call your atten-
tion to the attached long-overdue ac-
count. I would respectfully call your
attention to the fact that our terms are
cash, and we are not able to give these
long credits. It is only by strict atten-
tion to business methods that we are
enabled to sell at the prices we do. —
"For Circus Stores Ltd."
I turned over and found that "at-
tached" was my old friend: "To account
rendered, a cheque will oblige."
To this communication I replied:
"Dear Sir, — ^As you seem so hurt
about it, I send you herewith a cheque
for £4. 15s. I id. in payment of the at-
tached account, although I do not know
for what I am paying. I might add that
if you had answered any one of my three
former letters by sending the detailed
account I asked for, you would have re-
ceived this cheque earlier.
"I have also asked you three times
what happened to the go-cart my wife
ordered. Possibly it is included in this
bill. I am too tired to ask you again. —
THE LOTUS MAGAZINE
The Circus Stores replied most cour-
teously to the above, namely:
"Dear Sir, — Your esteemed note of
3rd to hand, with cheque enclosed, for
which we are much obliged. We very
much regret that we were unable to ob-
tain the go-cart ordered. We tried a
number of makers, but none of them could
supply this article. The fact is that just at
present they are positively not to be had.
"We await your further commands
before again moving in the naatter, and
meanwhue we forward you attached the
detailed statement you ask for. We very
much regret that you have not received
it before now.
" Trusting for the favour of your further
esteemed commands. — Believe me, my
dear sir, yours faithfully,
"For Circus Stores Ltd."
I turned over and found my old friend,
"To account rendered," but this time re-
ceipted. I turned over again and found;
"To I box toilet soap. . ........ is. pd."
This was, I supposed, what they called
the detailed account. It was useless to
worry further, so I gave up trying to find
out what Ermentrude had bought, con-
soling myself with the idea that it all
came out in war work somewhere.
A month or two later I received an-
other communication from the Circus
Stores. It ran as follows :
"To account rendered £2. 5s. 3d."
To this I replied:
"Dear Sir, — I have already paid one
bill of £4. 15s. I id. without knowing what
I was paying for, as my four letters asking
for a detailed account failed to extract
that document from you. I refuse to
pay a second account of the details of
which I am ignorant. — ^Yours truly,
To this I received a reply:
"Dear Sir, — ^ We much regret that you
have not yet received the detailed account
you ask for. We hasten to send it here-
"We beg to draw your attention to the
attached long-overdue account, which is
for go-cart and carriage. — Believe me,
" For Circus Stores Ltd."
I turned over, and there actually was
the long-lost detailed account for £4. 15s.
I id. I turned over again, and found an-
other old friend, "To account rendered,
£2. 5s. 3d."; across this had been scrib-
bled in pencil, "Go-cart and carriage."
The word "carriage" puzzled me; if
"conveyance" had been meant it surely
would have figured as a separate item,
and it would have stated to where and
by what means it was conveyed.
After much thought I answered as
"Dear Sir, — We certainly ordered a
go-cart, but not a go-carriage. With re-
gard to the former, I would refer you
to your former letter attached. — ^Yours
truly, ..(>_ Manley."
To this I attached the letter from the
stores to the effect that "Go-carts were
positively not to be had." (We had, by
the way, purchased one for Charlie else-
where long since.)
The Circus Stores made the amende
honorable. Their reply, which was too
long to quote, contained such phrases as
"accept apologies," "have now adjusted
account," "trust will not mihtate against
further valued orders." I still deal with
the Circus Stores. I imagine that they
have been patriotic enough to send all
their best brains to the war.
C. H. S.
From The Queen, London.