Manuscripts/Mixed Material [W. D. Long]
“Tell me about the contest you won.”
“Which one? I've won two!”
“Both of them, then.”
“Well, the first time I ever won anything in my life was just a few weeks ago, in a contest sponsored by a building and loan association. They wanted a slogan, and I gave them a good one: 'Save to build, and build to save.' Six other people sent in the same thing, though, and we had to have a run-off contest. Each of us had to write an essay, but the judges thought mine was the best, so I won the $100. Maybe you think I wasn't proud! After 20 years I turned in a winner!
“But, that's not all, by a darn sight: I had been sending in answers to a cigar company for weeks. It was one of those 'because' contests, and I gave 'em every reason in the world I could think of why anyone should smoke their cigars, or any other cigars, for that matter. You had to send in some bands from their cigars with each entry, and I scoured the town getting them. I don't smoke cigars, myself, but I got all the friends I could to smoke them and save the bands for me. I probably sent in 150 answers.
“Then one day, about a week after I won the building and loan contest, I heard that the telegraph company was trying to reach me with a message. I never thought of the contest at all, because they were announcing the winners