The Mercury – 4 January 1933
THE VICAR’S WIFE
WRONG CALLS BY TELEPHONE.
“I have seldom sympathised with exhibitions of temper at the telephone” (writes Mr. Robert Lynd in the “News Chronicle.”)
“The only person with whom I ever really sympathised as an infuriated receiver of wrong calls was a vicar’s wife, whose number resembled that of a famous bookmaker. Never in the pre-dialing days did an afternoon pass without her being called to the telephone several times to be asked In a husky voice to put 2s. 6d. each way on some horse or other.
“She had always looked on betting as wicked, but her hatred of It now became venomous. H.ow often have I seen her at the phone pale with fury as she shrieked, ‘No, I am not Billie Bones!’ ‘No, I will not put 2s. 6d. each way on Sauce for the Goose!’ ‘No. I will not put a 5s. double on Early to Bed and Baby’s Breakfast. Go away, you horrid man, and spend your money on your baby, and Jess on the bookmaker!”.