Humor, when enjoyed to the full, is that which is
based upon events, experiences, or intimate knowledge of the
subject described; or a mixture of all three. And if the
subject is one which is not usually discussed, yet is of a
character incident to the home life of each family, that,
also, adds to the zest with which one listens to the story
told; or if printed, intensifies the interest of the reader.
In "The Specialist" is sought to portray
generally-known-but-seldom-mentioned incidents of every day
And what could be a better vehicle for the
presentation than the voluble and cock-sure specialist? We
have all met the super-serious individual, utterly devoid of
the sense of humor, on whose shoulders rests the
responsibility for the success of your business and mine.
Out of his unwarranted seriousness—to those who recognize
the artfulness of the visionary—comes mirth, and laughter
This little story has been spoken by the author to
numerously attended gatherings in different sections of the
country for several years past—to the great delight of his
hearers. It has been put in permanent form at the suggestion
of many friends, with whom the author joins in the hope that
it may afford some measure of enjoyment to those under whose
eye it may fall.
St. Louis, January, 1929.