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legends of the Origin of "April Fool" and Some of the Queer Pranks Which Have Been Played On ThatDaylnVariousParts of the World. and Manllus bent their classic wits to j from Annas to Calaphas, from Caia- the task of fooling one another dur-| pirns to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, in? t h a t part of the ceremony known |and from Herod back again to Pilate, "the feast of fools." ! lluis attributing this ridiculous or give way to ancient Rome, for the feasting of fools even though it occurred on February seventeenth Is the fellow, makes his boast that for these ten years consecutively he has made not less than a hundred fools. My landlady had a falling out with him about a fortnight ago for sending every one of her children upon a 'sleeveless' errand, as she terms It. Her eldest son went to buy a halfpenny's worth of Inkle at a shoe- j makers, the eldest daughter was dis- | patched half a mile to see a monster; In short, the whole family of innocent children were made April ! fools. Nay, the landlady herself did i not escape him." Dean Swift. Dean Swift in his "Journal to Stella" in 1713, tells how he spent a lively evening in "contriving an April laol." The scheme was to circulate a report through their servants that i a man who had been hanged a few ! days previous had come back to life j and could be seen in flesh as a guest j _ sp°ort° l at s e e - I and even while he was laughing word i Or he that him designedly ,,, B the crowd on the following day, I came to him that the peasants were j Just how the custom came to but after all, he records later, some-| non e other t h a n the royal prisoners i lea is not recorded, but nevertheless i b o d y told the people that the whole | a n d t h e y were now t,p yon d his* reach. | it is here, and the spirit of the day i affair was a joke and he himself be-| In 1St;0 a]1 London was a r o u s e d ' i s unchanged even If our sense of ·ame the April fool. ! Qver a c l e v o r A p r i l foo) t r l c k w h i c h ! humor has advanced or deteriorated maro ' t i was perpetrated on some of the best' whichever way one may view the i Austria, on which occasion the wag-J Amines. On March thirty-first a i matter. ! gish Parisians called him "un poisson i large number of persons received post ; American Jokes. d'Avril"--a young fish--an April fool. | cards conveying the following invita- ', One of the American tricks Is As a memorial of his marriage N a - ' t i o n : i g l u e a coin to the pavement and poleon had a number of medals made ; "TOWKR OF LONDON ( h a v e people try to pick It up. This which showed Love tearing a t^un- · A d m i t bearer an( i friends to view the affords the greatest amusement to the derbolt. Later these medals were ; a n n u a ] C . erem0 iiy of washing the white : street urchins. Another Is to drop a known as April Fool Medals and sev- ! ) i o n s Qn S u n d a v A p r i l ]st , 186 0. 'nocketbook stuffed with paper on the oral of them are to be seen in the . u , s p a n i c u l a r l v requested that no ; ^. reet . a n d l h e n eaU out "April Fool:" French Museums. ; gratuities be given to the wardens o r ; passerby picks it up. A pack- Royalty indulged in 1 lie Sport. i t h e i r assistants. : age to which a slender, almost invis- i ible string is attached Is another fa- nearest to our All Fools' Day. M. All tool-/ morn A small n u m b e r ot antiquarians, ' rather impious custom to a sacred j Although this feast took place in n w e v c r . still cling to other ideas o f ; subject. To f u r t h e r substantiate their ! pagan times it was really one of a · origin and these are repeated h e r e i c l a i m they give the French name foriseries of burlesque festivals which are T what they are worth. Some be- j April fool "poisson d'Avrll" on the said to have been introduced into the · vc- that All Fools' Day originated v.-Uh wlmt was known as the "Feast theory that "poisson" Is the corrup- Christlan Church by Theophylact, IMlt tton of "passion." Such an explana- Patriarch of Constantinople, and was »n C i l i l r i l roiu i »liol, iniiiint III* ,,f H u l l " celebrated In India. This| t l o r l lf . as u n p | e a s a n t as | t | s untrue, !a recrudescence ot the Roman Festa. ccurred ou March thirty-first, w n e n ! for the term "Polssons d'Avril" means ; In Franco and Italy a bishop and At one time even royalty indulged ' Entrance at the W h i t e Gale." hat. in the sport of April fooling. Peter the | j n one corner of tho card was a; , . k ,, ls t h e brick under the Great in 1719 set about to fool hls' s e a , which proved to be the die of an · v o r i t e t n c k ' as ' 3 t h 6 " X TM people by building an immense pile j i n v e r t e d sixpence put on to give the of wood In the · open square in front J of the palace at Petrograd. This was covered with tar and other infiam- an official appearance. The ' In the old days the London stre** ' c gamins delighted in calling out to gen- ed It i tlemen who were walking with ladles mable material. On the m o r n i n g ; o f i ^'^' ^ ,"' jV^Vd' tha'tTund red s\ -- '^y, mis'er, April first he had It set on fire. T h e | " u · -·-- --~ ·"-- ·""" flames shot high in the air and people 1 0 1 came into the city by the thousands n^t-mlilr to employ their i h o chief diversion of the people was exactl y wri!lt it says--"April fish"--a {archbishop of fools were elected and to assist in putting out the fire w n i c n , ^ ^ to send their friends on foolish er- v o u n g flsht therefore easily caught, i confirmed with a lot of buffoonery,! they believed was consuming the' pal- i fiioN l K«-I Hiu-lliKomjc: rands, such as sending them letters to ng , n Engllsn w h c n we use the W O rd! a f t e r which a pope of fools was j ace. When they reached the square, ions' teeth In farthest piirt meet a certain person at a certain " Suc k cr " a small fish. |chosen. All sorts of riotous and im- they were met by soldiers who s h o u t ; in town, point and then hiding somewhere un- Another origin for the custom is pious scones tool; place, such as eat- ed--"Sheepheads, pigs, swine, d o n - . wit (own r e .! c oat?" When the embarrassed man y ) | ) e i n v l t a t i o n an1 a l l dav ; had twisted himself m all m a n n e the fire wh'lch' 1 0 ^ cabs r a t t l e d abovlt t l l e the fire w n i c h , d H v e r g l n q u i l . i n g for the white Gate. ]n x'lHliiitf Onr srel.H of (lit- liiun, Anollirr i .. From Mrollltu: t-olibler'8 stall, left at t h ^ l r expense. tlicrr by rlinnro. (Inure. Anil to r"\»iinl ilicm lor their harm- waters had abated on the first day of lrs loll Thv « i i l i M i - r - l i r r n p nil. Tlius liy point and then hiding somewhere un- IIIIM' milk; n third a gown ' til they appeared and having a laugh t t h p l r expense. Still others contend that the day trllie n merry begun w i t h the mistake of sending the dove out of the Ark before the waters had abated on the first day of th(- month among- the Hebrews, which ·noliiH t h r l r limbs w i t h answers to our flrst of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this d'ellv- iimctvcrtcnt jest erance it was thought proper that "Hunt the Gon-k. walls t h e ' W a y s in trying to find out ;hitp Onto | would call out--"Just the tall to the Icoat--April fool!" Years afterward the boy calls out--"Say. mistor. Scotland, the proverbial land of ; ^here's something on your face." and pigs, swine, d o n - . wit and humor, the curious practice ' when the man gets out his A l l U l l l t ^ r U 1 1 M 4 I L 1VI IIH3 ^ u c 5 t v / , l l l a J J J . J U.J . 3 ^ l t l t , o t l ' . J l x | J . t i v - » - » u i . v . . «~j _ ~ , . - . - - I o ., . i_ ' : , t l l t , i . . . ^ - . . . ^ . a traced to France This nation took ing sausages on the altar and burning I keys! Fall back by order ot the ·. O f " h u n t i n g the gowk was in vogue | chie f and begins to rub he is greeted the lead over 4*11 Christendom in com- , old shoes In t h e censers. The people i Czar! Can't you understand that the i for many years. Gowk, o r i g i n a l l y a · with--"Why, mencinz the new year -on January ' performed all sorts of pranks on the (Little Father has fooled you? It i s ' c u c k o o , means by extension a fool, a ' face--April fool!" first instead of. March t w e n t y - f i f t h ! streets, being carried about on each the first of April." -' '--- TM- «-··-- - ·"··· °" «·"·-- ·-- '-- ---n«- TM,H.- or to Before the change was made the others' shoulders for the amusement merry-making culminated with a feast held on April first, when visits were paid and gifts bestowed the adoption of the reformed of the crowd. The Churches depend- simpleton. The trick as played was ; the druggists for pigeons' m i l k or Tower of London Joke. for wag number one to send his vie- | t he bookseller's for a history of's Another historic bit of fooling was | »im, wag number two, for some d i s - j grandmother are still ^t nix- v t vj i ". j- ·*- N ^ . » « . v , . . _ u * A J J O L I i e r IllSlUI 1U U l L Ui. A U U H I I J S WO..-3 ; - . . . j I ·, . j 1. ing immediately upon the Holy See ; when Fra ncis. Duke of Lorraine, a n d ' t a n c e with a letter containing words | practice. Loaded cigars 1. With refused to permit these things and j hlg duc h es s escaped from prison on ; s u c h as 'hese: calendar j happily the custom died out and t h e , AprU first in t he fifteenth century.! "This is the first of A p r l l e -- ^ . , - , in 1564 New Year's Day was carried simple fooling of people took its place i Tney ca me out of prison disguised as One roi.l «'x|)OMMl tntiUcs pastime for whoever forgot so remarkable a clr- back to January flrst and only p r e - i a n d is still universal throughout t h e ; t and were rec ogn!zed by an l l . . . f'tt^t ^ . . M n . n n n A « V l n ,, I ^ K n T M i n 1 d l O r 1 t\\T V l 0 _ _ - . _ . _ - . . . . ^ . V - U - W M - . V ^ . » cumstance should be punished by be-| tende(1 g|fts a n d mock ce remonlal world. ; old woman attendant. ic rest. --I'imr i;o!,lu Almanac. 1728. [ n g sent upon an errand similar t o , v , sUs were pald on Aprll first that Ineffectual message upon which | t h e v|ew of maldng fools of tnoae K T K H v - i ' n i y t r y i n g to find an the bird was sent by the Patriarch. . who had forgotten to change the date. ..ricin r,-r the silly custom of A few cling to the old legend that | The custom once 3tarted was kept I""* ^"t"of 'the d7h7eenth'"centu'ry" swcrV'and" the royal couple went o u t ! who did the sending was the bigger ".·,,.,',in-' prople on April flrst : it originated In the time of Christ, evpn , on a f t e r , ts or , , n had been | ."'^^^t^ " Addison maltes re f. i undisturbed. When the guard w e n t ; fool of the two, and says in rhyme-- ·;-,, m n j u r l t y of historians t h a t the Passion of our Saviour took | forao t ten . A ^ u , 1 l ^ 1S tenin" how "T neighbor off duty he told the story to his friends ' "It is a t h i n g to be disputed All Fools' Day In Eighteenth Century, i the soldier who was on guard, telling I passed on until somebody discovered , of c There is little record of All Fools' him that it was the duke and duchess, j t h e Joke. In writing of this a Scotch erou pranks In Kngland until the "April fool!" was the sentry's a n - ; poet seems to " - --' " ly or Historians mac tne 1'assion 01 our cavioui u u u a I f orso tten enncluslon t h a t It place about this time of the year, and ! n old FSomnn S a t u r - j t h e Jews sent Christ backward and I time that Cains I forward to mock and torment h i m -- I But after all, these origins must stuffed with cotton and pepper are regarded as refined April fool tricks H u n t the gowk a n o t h e r mile!" and so common t h a t After reading it number two hands '· cent a Havana from a friend on She calle'd to l i t to n u m b e r three and so the l e t t e r ' d a y and many candy sent to them by over-gen- arts. t h i n k t h a t the m a n ! The old custom of p bigger bearing the words "APRIL FOOL" to a man's coat tail is no longer resanl- cd as f u n n y in this country, .ilthoush Feast of Fools. 17 rnti, ° wh is n l h^e^^hfr^byland ^ caHed ,tY^ t££ Th." Which is the greatest foo, reputed- it is still regarded^ a trad" ami a very shallow, conceited : Governor enjoyed the Joke as well. ; The man who innocently went fool joke In Kngland.

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  1. The Edwardsville Intelligencer,
  2. 26 Apr 1915, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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