Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Merchandise on the Toboggan]
“My friend and I purchased our bicycles and our suits in England. Consequently we were taken for Englishmen. On one occasion when we were in a French cafe, we started to converse with several Frenchmen. After quite a while we mentioned something about our home in America. When these men found we were really Americans they jumped up and shook hands with us, although they had been talking to us for quite some time.
“In Europe, all Americans are supposed to possess a lot of money. One day in Brussels, Belgium, we went into a shop to make some purchases. I saw a beautiful lace collar and immediately wanted it for my mother. I offered to pay for it in French currency.
“We can't handle that kind of money.’ Said the shopkeeper.
“I then handed him a check on an English bank, with this result:
“ ‘We cannot cash the check!’
“You can imagine how astounded I was after, some casual remark had revealed the fact that I was an American, to hear him say with a complete change of attitude:
“You can charge the collar and send me the money when you go back to America.’
“As the man had never laid eyes on me before you can bet