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makes no fraudulent promises. I can print undftr
it statistics, hotel arrivals, or anything that comes
handy, without violating faith with the reader.
Puns cannot be allowed a place in this depart¬
ment. Inoffensive ignorance, benignant stupidity,
and unostentatious imbecility will always be
welcomed and cheerfully accorded a corner, and
even the feeblest humour will be admitted when
we can do no better; but no circumstances, how¬
ever dismal, will ever be considered a sufficient
excuse for the admission of that last and saddesi
evidence of intellectual poverty, the Pun.