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A talk by Joseph Hone
Horace Cole justly gained his crown as ' King of Jokers ', though practical joking was by no means his only interest. He was a keenly sensitive man, and particularly devoted to art and poetry. It is, however, of Cole, the great hoaxer, that Joseph Hone will speak this afternoon.
Cole perpetrated practical jokes without number. Some were small ones involving only his friends, but others were on a truly grand scale,involving in one case-which Joseph Hone will describe at length-the Foreign Office, the Admiralty, and half the British Fleet. The official reception at Weymouth by the Navy of four Abyssinian princes in 1910 must rank as the greatest hoax ever carried out.


Talk By: Joseph Hone
Talk By: Horace Cole
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