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Edward William Bok (1863–1930). The Americanization of Edward Bok. 1921.


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from a chance stranger. He was riding from Washington to Philadelphia in the smoking compartment, when the newsboy stuck his head in the door and yelled: “Ladies’ Home Journal, out to-day.” He had heard this many times before; but on this particular day, upon hearing the title of his own magazine yelled almost in his ears, he gave an involuntary start.

Opposite to him sat a most companionable young fellow, who, noticing Bok’s start, leaned over and with a smile said: “I know, I know just how you feel. That’s the way I feel whenever I hear the name of that damned magazine. Here, boy,” he called to the retreating magazine-carrier, “give me a copy of that Ladies’ Home Disturber: I might as well buy it here as in the station.”

Then to Bok: “Honest, if I don’t bring home that sheet on the day it is out, the wife is in a funk. She runs her home by it literally. Same with you?”

“The same,” answered Bok. “As a matter of fact, in our family, we live by it, on it, and from it.”

Bok’s neighbor, of course, couldn’t get the real point of this, but he thought he had it.

“Exactly,” he replied. “So do we. That fellow Bok certainly has the women buffaloed for good. Ever see him?”

“Oh, yes,” answered Bok.

“Live in Philadelphia?”

“Yes.”

“There’s where the thing is published, all right. What does Bok look like?”

“Oh,” answered Bok carelessly, “just like, well, like all of us. In fact, he looks something like me.”

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