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Phony Church Meeting -- April Fool's Day, 1866
A shameful April fool hoax was perpetrated by a lady in Philadelphia, who sent to the pulpit in a Methodist church, a notice of a meeting to be held in aid of another church. Names of prominent clergymen were mentioned as to take part in the exercises. the preacher read the manuscript to his large congregation without hesitation, until he came to a passage announcing that a certain layman would sing a comic song, when he became confused, suddenly remembered the day and abruptly sat down.
[The Elyria Democrat, Apr 25, 1866.]

April Fool Categories: Religion, Freelance Pranksters, 1860s.
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