AN APRIL FOOL.
When Uncle Robert got his mail
That First-of-April morning
(Now, absent-minded people all,
Just read and take a warning),
Among the business bills and slips,
And cards of invitation,
And friendly notes, he found, at last,
One queer communication.
It took but little time to read —
A moment but to con it:
The two words “April Fool” were all
That could be found upon it.
Then Uncle Robert laughed and said:
“I’ve heard of funny blunders
In superscription and address,
And many puzzling wonders.
“And seen epistles left unsigned,
This goes them all one better;
For here’s a man who signed his name
And forgot to write the letter!”
— Abby F.C. Bates, in St. Nicholas.
The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Mar 31, 1902