[This appeared in The Rolling Stone shortly before it "suspended publication" never to
The person who sweeps the office, translates letters from foreign countries, deciphers
communications from graduates of business colleges, and does most of the writing for
this paper, has been confined for the past two weeks to the under side of a large red quilt,
with a joint caucus of la grippe and measles.
We have missed two issues of The Rolling Stone, and are now slightly convalescent, for
which we desire to apologize and express our regrets.
Everybody's term of subscription will be extended enough to cover all missed issues, and
we hope soon to report that the goose remains suspended at a favorable altitude. People
who have tried to run a funny paper and entertain a congregation of large piebald measles
at the same time will understand something of the tact, finesse, and hot sassafras tea
required to do so. We expect to get out the paper regularly from this time on, but are
forced to be very careful, as improper treatment and deleterious after-effects of measles,
combined with the high price of paper and presswork, have been known to cause a
relapse. Any one not getting their paper regularly will please come down and see about it,
bringing with them a ham or any little delicacy relished by invalids.