An Electric Light of Literature


Apropos of that able “ Plea for the Typewriter” in the July Club, I have a piece of evidence in my possession. The firm favored by the flattering testimonial could not decide whether it was intended to advertise the typewriter or the writer. One member of the firm has a sense of humor, and has entrusted the letter to me for private circulation among my friends of the Contributors’ Club. It is addressed to “The Blitzenspeeder Typewriter Company,” and speaks for itself: —

Out of gratitude for what the Blitzenspeeder has done for me I wish to state my reasons for preferring it to all other typewriters. It is easy to run, light, compact, convenient to carry about on one’s travels. When I start on a journey I take my dress-suit case in one hand and my typewriter case in the other. I have no sooner seated myself in the train than I see a freak of some sort, or some person or thing worthy of honorable mention. I immediately remove my typewriter from its case, give the subject one quarter, one half, or one whole column, as it may deserve, mail my copy at the next station, and receive by return mail a check for from ten to twenty-five dollars. Such rapid and satisfactory results would be possible with no other machine on the market. I had labored for years with the old style, non-portable machine, all to no purpose. I was on the verge of starvation when a friend advised me to try the Blitzenspeeder. Since I began the use of that machine I have lived well, have paid all my debts, and have a snug sum of money in the bank. I have gained twenty pounds in weight, six inches in height, am in excellent health and spirits, and have had my picture in all the Sunday papers. I attribute my phenomenal success in literature entirely to the use of the Blitzenspeeder Typewriter. You may use this letter where it will do the most good. I wish to give honor where honor is due, and I have no desire to monopolize success.
Yours for rapid production.