"The general in opinion in America that French humor and French jokes must be smut with a capital S is tommyrot."
Oh, how hearts must have fallen upon reading those lines.
"The average French humor is no more smutty than the average Chicago citizen a gunmen . . ."
These stereotypes were precisely as pervasive as we assumed, it seems.
I love that masthead illo. Makes me a bit sad, too. As for the cartoon, "Fair and Warmer," you'll note that the Authentic French Illustration has nothing to do with the joke. So it goes for the entirety of the book. Who knows what sophisticated Gallic japes were erased and replaced by He-She gags?