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Ellefont Appledore, an unwanted irritant to both London
society and this one, appears in this publication by the extreme
tolerance of the editor.
Lord Ellefont Appledore
Ladies and gentlemen of
the Dark Lantern League, as well as distinguished associates thereof,
A beautiful spring day
has overtaken our old London haunts, and with it, the thoughts of
many of our Victorian brethren and sistren are turning to courtship.
It is an unfortunate fact of our modern life here in the late nineteenth
century that a good many of those worthies will hop a ship in search
of overseas romance to fulfill this vital need.
Coming back from an trans-oceanic
trip with a bride or groom as a souvenir has become an all too common
-- perhaps you've heard the recent rumors about Sir Henry Baskerville
and his 'round the world trip -- and there are those among polite
society who think action should be taken to halt this dangerous
trend. We hear far too many stories of such marriages resulting
in suicide, attacks by sailors, and even such disturbing activities
as infant blood-letting!
While not a member of your
distinguished League, I am calling upon many civic-minded organizations
of this great metropolis to take up the cause of speaking out against
extra-British marriage. I am told that a new edition of your Electro-Graphic
Monthly will be arriving on electro-graphic doorsteps on Monday
morning, and I would encourage you to send any thoughts you have
on the situation to that outlet before then and let you voice be
heard in that secret publication of the Dark Lantern League.
Sincerely and energetically
Her Majesty's Serpentine Gondoliers