The Worlds Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906. Vol. XIV: RussianScandinavianMiscellaneous
By Alfred Hedenstierna (Sigurd) (18521906)
From Brothers and Sisters
THE TRAIN going south left the station at a quarter past twelve, but by eight oclock the travelers had already reached the station. After many exhortations to the stableman to be careful of the sorrel, and a dozen commands to the maid-servant, seven persons approached the station hand in handfour hours too soonto buy tickets. At that time the traffic at the smaller stations was quite inconsiderable; only a few trains passed during the day, so that none of the officials thought it necessary to be at the station so early.
Good morning, he said to that official. My name is StrömbomPeter Strömbom of Traleböda, of which you will have heard. I am minded to travel with my wife and children to Malmö, to visit my brother, the merchant Johann Strömbom, of whom you will also have heard.
Strömboms method did not arouse the surprise in those early days of the Swedish railroads that it would to-day. The officials were accustomed to that kind of thing. Hence the station-master said, Very well, you will find the 12.15 train convenient.
Pooh, pooh! The fifteen öre are there, I suppose, so that you can make a reduction. So lets stick to the seven crowns. Now, there are seven of us, my wife and five children, so I suppose it will come cheaper for all.