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By Peter W. Bond and first published in MISSING LINKS: A Weekly Newsletter for Genealogists, Vol. 3, No. 33, 14 August 1998; Copyright (©) 1996-98 Julia M. Case and Myra Vanderpool Gormley. Reprinted with permission.

I bought an old book dated 1888 by Artemus Ward. It was about his great adventurist journey across the United States with his travelling show. One chapter is regarding the Census. Read on.

"The Sences taker in our town bein taken sick he deppertised me to go out for him one day, and as he was too ill to giv me informashun how to perceed, I was consekently compelled to go it blind. Sittin down by the road side I drawd up the follerin list of questions which I proposed to ax the peple I visited:
But it didn't work. I got into a row at the fust house I stopt to with some old maids. Disbeliven the answers they giv in regard to their ages I endevered to open their mouths and look at their teeth, same as they do with hosses, but they floo into a vilent rage and tackled me with brooms and sich. Takin the senses requires experiunse, like any other bizniss."

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