Davis gave a satirical reading.
Case Against which
contained the following story of the
origin of a pack of cards:
four suits are the four seasons
of the year; the thirteen cards
snit are for the thirteen weeks in a
season, the 52 cards in the deck are
the 52 weeks of the year. The joker
or jester is the extra day at leap
year. There are 365 spots in a deck
for the 365 days of the
Shakespearian selections and one
of Longfellow’s famous poems were
contributed by Mrs. Caroline D.
This information was in “The Item” a Massachusetts-based newspaper on April 25, 1925. On the same page as my husband’s great-great grandmother’s article. I was in my account on the MyHeritage Genealogical site & it was one of the historical records that popped up for her. I thought it was so interesting to see what the past’s interpretation of a deck of cards was!