TELEVISION: After Appomattox

Nobody will ever know who really started it. It may well have been an obscure vaudeville comedian, after Appomattox or after Yorktown, who first used the joke during a desperate split week in Manchester or Dublin. The joke involved someone's trying to rent a cottage with a W.C. (water closet) and being misunderstood by someone else who thought that by some tortured leap of the jokemaker's imagination the letters stood for Wayside Chapel. Thus, the W.C. was nine miles from the house, could be visited only twice a week, etc. — endless...

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