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Study Cautiously...Why Is This Script of Words Odd?

Gadsby was walking back from a visit down in Branton Hills' manufacturing district on a Saturday night. A busy day's traffic had had its noisy run; and with not many folks in sight, his Honor got along without having to stop to grasp a hand, or talk; for a Mayor out of City Hall is a shining mark for any politician. And so, coming to Broadway, a booming bass drum and sounds of singing, told of a small Salvation Army unit carrying on amidst Broadway's night shopping crowds. Gadsby, walking toward the group, saw a young girl, back towards him, just finishing a long, soulful oration, saying: "...and I can say this to you, for I know what I am talking about; for I was brought up in a pool of liquor!!"

As that army group was starting to march on, with this girl turning towards Gadsby, His Honor had to gasp, astonishingly: "Why! Mary Antor!!"

"Oh! If it isn't Mayor Gadsby! I don't run across you much, now-a-days. How is Lady Gadsby holding up during this awful war?"....

Note: The text is from Earnest Vincent Wright's novel Gadsby (1939). The novel has 50,000 words...and he never uses the letter e! So, Wright would probably not celebrate e-day! Plus, to show it can be done in mathematics, an author perhaps should avoid using the number 3 in a textbook!