I have recently come across a small book called
The Traveller’s Guide (Soldier’s Pocket edition – 6d in 1918) Publishers Butler and Tanner, Frome and London
- and will gradually post the chapters
“If you have a wife, mother or friend left at home in England – send two penny stamps – with the exact address, to the publishers and they will pack and post this book to them free.
1- A certain lord kept a fool or jester in his house, as great men did in olden times for their amusement. This lord gave a staff to his fool, and told him to keep it until he met with a greater fool than himself, in which case he was to give the greater fool the staff. Some years later the lord fell very ill and told his fool he was going on a very long journey from which he would not return. The fool asked what provisions had been made for where his master was going. “None at all” was the reply. “You are going away for ever and have made no provision before your departure?” said the astonished fool “here, take my staff, for I am not guilty of any such folly as that.”