Salaries Anecdotes (Post No.3019)


Written by London Swaminathan

Date:29 July 2016

Post No. 3019

Time uploaded in London :–  9-12 AM

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Lavish Life!

A young man, employed at a very modest salary by a bank, began conspicuously to lead a lavish life, dressing flashily, buying a car, and otherwise giving evidence of sudden wealth.

Finally, the personnel manager felt called upon to speak about the matter and asked, “How is it that you, who are only receiving a salary of 20 dollars a week, can spend what must certainly be 75 dollars or more a week?

Why, it is very simple, the clerk replied unabashed, there are more than 200 employees here and every payday I raffle of my salary at 50 cents a ticket.




Borrowing is Better!

A group of newspaper men were talking about the various has-beens that they had known. One old timer topped off this session by telling them about once a prominent Chicago newspaper man whom he had met just recently.

I ran into him the other day and he looked fit to bust. I asked him what the trouble was.

“Why, says he, I have just been offered a job isn’t Joe, Mo . And am I insulted.”

“Insulted, why should be that an insult?” I asked.

“It is the salary, it is the salary”, he shouts.

“They offered me 12 dollars a week”.

“Well, I didn’t want to insult him further by suggesting that he had not earned even that much in a long time so I just said, well that is better than nothing”.

“The hell it is, said the one-time big shot”.

“Why I can borrow more than that right here in Chicago”.


Sealskin Wife!

The coloured sexton of a wealthy church had a very stylish mulatto wife.  Finding his domestic income not quite equal to his expenses, he decided to apply for an increase in salary. So he wrote a letter to the committee in charge with this explanation at the close

“It is mighty hard to keep a sealskin wife on a muskrat salary”.

(mulatto= a person of mixed white and black ancestry)



Raise in Salary!

At a meeting of the church board the minister announced that he had had a call to go to another parish.

After wishing him well in his new field, one of the deacons asked “How much salary he was to get”.

“Three hundred dollars”, the minister replied.

“That is fine”, said the deacon, “I don’t blame you for going. But parson, don’t you think you should be a bit more exact in your language. That isn’t a call, that’s a raise”.



Never lend A Book!

mark twain  clemens

Article No.1978

Date: 6 July 2015

Written by London swaminathan

Uploaded from London at  21-48

A saying in the book Samayochita Padyamalika says,

“Pustakm, Vanita, Vittam Parahasta Gatam Gatam!”

The meaning is that once a book or a woman or money is gone from your hand, it is gone for ever. The following episodes explain it beautifully well.

Mark Twain once went to borrow a certain book from a neighbour.

“Why, yes, Mr.Clemens (Mark Twain), you are more than welcome to it” the neighbour told him. “But I must ask you to read it here. You know I make it a rule never to let any book go out of my library”.

Some days later the neighbour wished to borrow Twain’s lawn mower.

“Why, certainly”, the humourist genially assured him. “You are more than welcome to it. But I must ask you to use it here. You know I make it a rule”


A visitor in the home of Mark Twain remarked upon the great number of books, many of which piled about without any adequate provision for them.

“You see”, Twain explained, “it is so very difficult to borrow shelves.”


“I visit my friends occasionally”, remarked Hazlitt bitterly, just to look over my library”


french stamp  voltaire

The famous French satirical writer, Voltaire, was worth $500, 000 at the age of forty. But he did not earn his money from books. He made most of it by lendng money to noblemen. He would lend an heir to an estate a large sum on condition that he would pay him 10% interest on the amount as long as both of them lived the heir would be neither required nor allowed to pay off the principal; and the agreement ended only when Voltaire died. Voltaire picked only younger men, and because of his tubercular appearance, had no difficulty in getting clients. It is said that when a prospective buyer hesitated, the satirist would cough in a way that always closed the deal.


Having persuaded Benjamin Franklin to lend him $50, his “poor relation” asked for a sheet of paper in order to give him a note for the sum.

“What”, said Franklin, “do you want to waste my stationery as well as my money?”



The first time Jerrold saw Tom Dibdin, British song writer said to him, “Youngster, have you sufficient confidence in me to lend me a guines?”

(guinea is old gold coin used in Britain)

“Oh, yes” was the reply. “I have all the confidence – but I haven’t the guinea”.