THE ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT of this story was written with the E type-bar of the typewriter tied down; thus making it impossible for that letter to be printed. This was done so that none of that vowel might slip in, accidentally; and many did try to do so!
There is a great deal of information as to what Youth can do, if given a chance; and, though it starts out in somewhat of an impersonal vein, there is plenty of thrill, rollicking comedy, love, courtship, marriage, patriotism, sudden tragedy, a determined stand against liquor, and some amusing political aspirations in a small growing town.
In writing such a story, â€”purposely avoiding all words containing the vowel E, there are a great many difficulties. The greatest of these is met in the past tense of verbs, almost all of which end with â€œâ€”ed.â€ Therefore substitutes must be found; and they are very few. This will cause, at times, a somewhat monotonous use of such words as â€œsaid;â€ for neither â€œreplied,â€ â€œansweredâ€ nor â€œaskedâ€ can be used. Another difficulty comes with the elimination of the common couplet â€œof course,â€ and its very common connective, â€œconsequently ;â€ which willâ€™ unavoidably cause â€œbumpy spots.â€ The numerals also cause plenty of trouble, for none between six and thirty are available. When introducing young ladies into the story, this is a real barrier; for what young woman wants to have it known that she is over thirty? And this restriction on numbers, of course taboos all mention of dates.