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Title: Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, November 19, 1887
Author: Various
Language: English
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      PUNCH,

    Volume 93, November 19th 1887

    _edited by Sir Francis Burnand_

       *       *       *       *       *



  THE LETTER-BAG OF TOBY, M.P.

  FROM A DEJECTED LETTER-WRITER.

  _D-v-nsh-re House, Saturday._

  DEAR TOBY,


I DARESAY you will have been expecting for some time to hear from me,
and it is quite true I owe you a letter. But the fact is, I'm sick of
letter-writing, which, always a bore, has of late been invested with
fresh terrors. The way I am being used up by our Conservative friends is
perhaps a little audacious. It certainly is quite embarrassing. Whenever
any of their men get into a tight place, or embark upon a difficult
enterprise, they write to me for a character, quite regardless of my
personal predilections, and even of my actual pledges. You will have
seen a good deal of this, including the latest production touching the
Aberdeen University Election, where G-SCH-N hopes to ride in on my
back.

But that was nothing to the letter they got me to write about the
Glasgow University Rectorship. That was, unhappily, not my first
production on the subject. Months ago I was asked what I thought of
R-S-B-RY as Rector, and I let them have my opinion straight. A better
fellow, take him all round, there isn't in either House. Just the man to
be Lord Rector of a Scotch University, if he cares to undertake the
office. Since then, however, L-TT-N comes along, and with that
stupendous ambition for personal distinction which I don't understand,
not satisfied with being Ambassador to Paris, wants to be Lord Rector of
Glasgow University. Of course they come to me to back him up,--a
peculiarly hot corner to put a fellow in. It happens not only that I
have published my opinion about R-S-B-RY, but all the world knows what
I think of L-TT-N. Still, as the M-rk-ss says, we must keep out
GL-DST-NE from Downing Street; and so we'll put in L-TT-N for
Glasgow University. A hard pill to swallow, but I gulped at it, and the
letter was written. But between you and me, Toby, I felt nearer being
mean than I ever did in my life, and would go a long way round rather
than look a Glasgow University lad in the face.

Still, it is no new experience for me to be persuaded to do things
I don't like. I'm swallowing hard pills in the Conservative interest
now, but many a box I've cleared out in former days to make things
pleasant for GL-DST-NE. You've seen me, I daresay, reluctantly brought
up to the box on the table of the House, patted, pushed, placed in
position, and made to support all kinds of things, which a few months
or weeks earlier I honestly believe I loathed. As I write I see
GL-DST-NE nodding encouragingly as I proceed. I hear the rapturous
cheers of the Radicals, delighted to find me won over. I am conscious
of the chilling silence on the benches immediately behind, and I am
roused to more desperate declaration by the satirical cheers of my
friends on the benches opposite. I recall, as it were but yesterday,
the effect H-RC-RT'S cheer used to have upon me--the strong temptation
to turn round, publicly chuck up the whole business, and go back to
the expression of my opinion on the particular topic before GL-DST-NE
took me in hand.

That's all over now, at least in that particular development. But it's
the same old thing over again in altered circumstances.

After I had consented to support GL-DST-NE'S last Land Bill, he sent
me a gushing letter, in which he said that, turning over the pages of
T-RT-LL-N, he had come upon a passage which might well be engraved
on my tombstone. I thought at the time it was, in chronological
circumstances, rather cool his preparing a tombstone for me. But that
by the way. Here is the epitaph:--

  "Sic vita erat; facile omnes perferre ac pati;
  Cum quibus erat cunque una, his sese dedere;
  Eorum obsequi studiis; adversus nemini,
  Nunquam præponens se aliis.----"

But that was, of course, before I bolted on the Home-Rule question. I
fancy he has found another passage since.

I know I'm not a person of any conspicuous ability. If I had not been
born a C-V-ND-SH I would never have been even a CH-PL-N. But as things
fell out, I am like the boy in the middle of the balanced plank, at
the end of which two others sit. According as I move to the right or
to the left, one end of the plank goes up, and the other down. So the
friends on either side constantly shoulder me one way or the other;
which is all very well for them, but rather a nuisance to me.

It is part of this perpetual little game by which I am used for the
convenience of others, that you get all the talk about my being
Premier. I am not at all sure that I should not be shouldered into
_that_ by-and-by, if it were not for GR-ND-LPH. I do not pretend to
see further through a ladder than an ordinary passer-by; but it is
clear to me that you can never have a Government rival to the regular
Liberals (observe, I do not say a Conservative Government) without
GR-ND-LPH. It is no secret that I have never hankered after GR-ND-LPH,
neither liking him, nor believing in him. You know what Dr. J-HNS-N
said about C-LL-Y C-BB-R. I don't exactly, but it was something to the
effect that "as for CIBBER, if you take away from his conversation all
that he should not have said, he is a poor creature." That is a way of
putting it curiously applicable to GR-ND-LPH. If you take away from
his political speeches all that he should not have said, he is a poor
creature, a presumptuous rattle-trap, the _gamin_ of Conservative
politics. But if I undertake the titular headship of the Conservative
Party, I shall have to deal with him, and that, as they say in a
circular space of which I now see too little, is not good enough.

That is my present opinion. But, bless us all! I may be talked round on
this point, and used by a Party as I was when I made my first appearance
in the House of Commons nearly thirty years ago, and, a mere stripling,
was made the instrument of turning out a powerful Government.

    Yours dejectedly,

    H-RT-NGT-N.

       *       *       *       *       *

SUSPIRIA.

(_By a Disappointed Sportsman._)

  The plane's broad plates of weather-beaten gold
    Lie shrunk and sodden in the miry way,
    Never around the dappled trunk to play
  Again with tricksy beams, and breezes bold.

  Night swathes the sober light in thickening fold,
    Like a grey moth, webb'd in a prison grey,
    And the wan willow to the dying day
  Gleams like despair, unsolaced and untold.

  Now from the village tow'r the bells begin
    Their sad-soul'd chiming, as a sullen boy
  Wails on in wantonness. Oh, to greet again
    Thames's bright Strand, his theatre-studded joy,
  The postman's frequent rap, the newsboy's din,
  The constant cab, the ever-circling train.

       *       *       *       *       *

"IN THE SO-CALLED NINETEENTH CENTURY."--When giving three Bishops a
little touching up in Mr. KKOWLES'S _Nineteenth Century_, why does
the playful Professor always write "_à priori_" instead of
"_a priori?_" As no one would accuse Mr. HUXLEY of falling into a
"clerical error," the explanation must be that he had nothing to do
with it, or didn't know any better, or his printer would have it
so, or the Printer's Devil possessed him, or Bathybius got loose and
played the mischief with the type. Perhaps it is we who are wrong, if
so, we ask has it anything to do with the new accent which is to
be used in the pronunciation of Latin? A trifling matter--but for
a Professor so "acute" such an accent may be considered a "grave"
mistake.

       *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration: THE GLADSTONE BAIT.

"As regards Home Rule for Ireland, I may say I am prepared to go as far
as Mr. Gladstone's own words warrant," &c., &c.--_Times_, Nov. 9.

_Joe, the Incomplete Angler (to himself)_, "I THINK I'LL CATCH 'EM WITH
THIS!"]

       *       *       *       *       *

_The Incomplete Angler singeth_:--

  It was all very well, when afar from the "swim,"
  With tackle unready, and plans rather dim,
        To go in for splashes and plunges.
  Though, whether Lord S-L-SB-RY thought it so well,
  I am not quite assured. How the papers did yell
        At my whirls, and my whisks, and wild lunges!

  But now, on the spot, with the fish all about,
  The Waltonian _rôle_, there is not the least doubt,
        Befits a diplomatist Angler.
  I must not dance war-dances, shy heavy stones,
  Or talk in the strident stentorian tones
        Of a partisan public-house wrangler.

  I frighten the fish with my shindy? No, no!
  I will show there's a fisherman's tact about Joe.
        I make a _fiasco_? No, thankee!
  I'll be as discreet as _Piscator_ could wish,
  In a style will enchant the Canadian fish,
        And utterly ravish the Yankee.

  But now, as to bait? Well, ahem!--yes, I fear,
  The Gladstonian minnow is popular here,--
        It's a bait I abominate wholly.
  And yet--if I fish as I fancy--I feel
  I perhaps may go home with no fish in my creel,--
        And that would be most melancholy!

  I am sure my own patent assortment of flies
  Ought to make _any_ fish in the universe rise;
        My spoon-bait is terribly killing
  In some Irish waters. But here,--well, my hook
  Must be hidden with something from Hawarden's old book,
        Though to use it I own I'm unwilling.

  Ha! ha! Yes, I have it. I've made up a bait
  That some will think Old, and that some will think Great,
        And all will deem Grand--if it nicks 'em.
  It's green--shot with orange; the fins have a look
  Of a pair of big collars. Great Scott, what a hook!
        Yes, this, I am certain, must fix 'em.

  It is--and it isn't--the very same bait
  That the Nottingham fellows--as anglers so great--
        Consider the pink of perfection.
  Why, WILLIAM himself might well capture a dish
  With this bait; did he use it, I'm sure, not a fish
        Would so much as think of rejection.

  Now, my Starred-and-striped beauties! Canadian pets!
  Crossed-Irish, so doubtful of hooks and of nets!
        I drop it in--so! Won't it rummage 'em?
  Some sneer at my angling. How savage they'll be
  When the secret of my great success they will see
        Is Gladstonian bait--_à la_ Brummagem!

      [_Left winding and winking._

       *       *       *       *       *

By GEORGE!--A first-rate speech was made by the new Patent
Commander-in-Chief GEORGE RANGER, Duke of CAMBRIDGE, at the dinner of
Volunteer Sergeants, Justice COTTON,--Gun-Cotton on this occasion--in
the Chair. "I have always stated," said the Brave old Chief, "that the
best way to avoid war, is to be so strong that nobody would think of
attacking you." Hear! Hear! _F. M. Punch_ likes this sort of strong
language from GEORGE RANGER, and hopes that His Royal Highness will be
made Patent President of the International Arbitration Court.

       *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration: THE CHILD OF THE PERIOD.

"WHY DID THAT POLICEMAN TOUCH HIS HAT TO YOU, AUNTY? HAVE YOU GOT ONE
AS WELL AS NURSE?"]

       *       *       *       *       *

NOTICE!

In consequence of the great success attending the sale of Mr.
GLADSTONE'S "Chips," the Grand Old Chief is in future to be known as
"the Last of the Ochipaways!" But he refuses to bury the hatchet.

       *       *       *       *       *

New Version.

  O'BRIEN the thin his own breeches would wear,
  And have nothing to do with the Government pair.
  "If my patriot legs they those pants would thrust in,
  They must do it themselves," said O'BRIEN the thin.

       *       *       *       *       *

On the 22nd, the _[OE]dipus Tyrannus_ is to be produced at Cambridge.
One of the members of the A. D. C. wanted to bring out an old burlesque
on _[OE]dipus_ at the Club Theatre on the same night, but Mr. J. W.
CLARKE of Trinity, General Manager and University Entrepreneur,
immediately objected that it would be irreverent to turn the awful story
of _[OE]dipus_ and _Jocasta_ into a jest, "For," said he, "you certainly
cannot 'joke as ta' that." The Master of Trinity has summoned the
Fellows to consider what ought to be done to the other Fellow.

       *       *       *       *       *

A NEW LIFE.--Mr. JOSEPH HATTON, author of _Clytie_, and quite recently
of _The Gay World_, a novel which has created a considerable
sensation, is coming out as the biographer of "Friend TOOLE." Author
and Actor have been about together a great deal lately; in fact so
much so, as to give rise to the report that Mr. J. L. TOOLE was
dreadfully afraid of catching cold, as he was never seen anywhere
without his Hat on.

       *       *       *       *       *

The British Mission in Abyssinia seems to have got into difficulties.
The Negus won't listen to the Queen's English as contained in HER
MAJESTY'S letter. This Negus evidently is not so sweet as usual: a
little punch-in' his head would do him some good. At all events this
Negus must be stirred up and taken down pretty sharply.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE TOWN MOUSE'S TRIALS.

  [Dr. MILNER FOTHERGILL has published a pamphlet on _The Effects of
  Town Life upon the Human Body_.]

  O Doctor MILNER FOTHERGILL, it's hard to hear you state,
  That people who must dwell in towns will all deteriorate;
  We all live at too fast a rate, and ought to be more placid,
  And, like the Ichthyosaurus, we develop too much acid.

  Moreover the good Doctor, too, this sad assertion makes,
  The dweller in the country can enjoy his Banbury Cakes;
  But here in town he warns each man his constitution's undone
  By flour and fat, and so adieu to pleasant cakes in London.

  We're getting smaller, too, in size: our Mentor bids us go
  And pit ourselves 'gainst effigies we see when _chez_ TUSSAUD;
  And then he ventures on what seems a terrible assertion--
  He says we've ta'en a lower form, and calls it "retroversion."

  Our nervous system's too much forced, like early hot-house peas--
  Our children are inferior to bumpkins, if you please;
  In fact this pamphlet quite enough to give a man a fright is,
  With all its nasty prophecies of childish _meningitis_.

  Town life is most unnatural; but, hang it, Doctor, you
  Know somebody must live in town, and so what shall we do?
  Why, just forget your catalogue of city-bred diseases,
  And let each fellow eat and drink exactly what he pleases!

       *       *       *       *       *

Mr. CHAMPION (not one of the Seven of Christendom) writing to the
_Times_ in defence of the Socialists--and writing very effectively
too--said, "Of OLDLAND, who has been committed for trial, I know
nothing, except that he is a total abstainer." Is he? Then why didn't
he abstain from attending a disorderly meeting in Trafalgar Square?

       *       *       *       *       *

MORAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRED.--We are always reading of Vice-Presidents
everywhere. Are there no Virtue-Presidents?

       *       *       *       *       *

SHOWS VIEWS.

_By Victor Who-goes-Everywhere._

_The Arabian Nights_, at the Globe, is a piece chiefly remarkable for
the performances of Messrs. HAWTREY and PENLEY, and Miss LOTTIE VENNE.
The play is an adaptation from the German. It has been "done into
English" at least once before, when, under the joint authorship of a
lady and gentleman, a version was produced with the very appropriate
title of _The Skeleton_. The Comedy in Newcastle Street, Strand, is
more than a framework, for it has sinews, and resembles, to some
extent flesh and blood. Miss LOTTIE VENNE has not been seen to so much
advantage since she embodied _Betsy_ at the Criterion; and Mr. PENLEY,
in his get-up, suggests that he has not altogether forgotten a
character he played years ago in _Our Club_. The part now taken by Mr.
HAWTREY was, I believe, originally intended for Mr. WYNDHAM. The plot
is of the usual character. A married man, in the absence of his wife,
gets involved in a more or less innocent flirtation with some one
else, and, to escape from this entanglement, on the return of his
better half, has to trust to his power of invention as a substitute
for a plain statement of facts. Mr. HAWTREY, as the embarrassed
husband, was guilty of verbal equivocation (to use a pleasant
substitute for "lying") with an earnestness that insured success. This
is very like somebody's piece called _Truth_ at the Criterion. _The
Arabian Nights_ is a kind of piece that will be the better for
"working up," and indeed it is a joke which will be improved by
repetition. Some of the lines are so daring, that only a male GRUNDY
could have written them. If the well-known lady of the same name had
heard them, I fancy they would have been erased by request. On the
first night, however, all went well, and I can only trust that every
succeeding audience will be equally appreciative, and not more
exacting.

[Illustration: Rather a Close Shave.]

I frankly admit that the Royal Westminster Aquarium has a terrible
fascination for me. It is not the fact that years ago it was opened by
the Duke of EDINBURGH, as a tribute to the memory of the late lamented
Prince CONSORT, that attracts me, nor do I think that the recollection
that the Survivors of the Balaclava Charge take their annual dinner in
commemoration of the battle of the 25th of October on the second-floor
back favourably impresses me--no, I imagine that I am drawn towards it
by the posters. Certainly the hoardings persuaded me to see _La Belle
Fatma_ and to assist at a _séance_ with the Wolves. The other evening
I was lured within its highly illuminated walls by the announcement
that those who were present in the stalls in front of the Central
Stage at ten o'clock would see a Shaving Contest. Two barbers were to
shave a number of members of the public for the stakes of £50 or £100
(I forget which) a side. I arrived in good time and was told (I
fancied rather contemptuously) that the contest was to come off in
"the Balloon Room." I made my way to this mysterious apartment, which
proved to be a hall decorated with charts and maps and not too
brilliantly lighted by one gas-jet. A small man, assisted by a
smaller, stood in front of several chairs, behind which were ranged
toilet necessaries. A mildly-spoken gentleman in evening dress and a
neck scarf then addressed the audience (chiefly composed of persons in
pot hats), and told them (so I understood him to say) that "the
Management" had considered it better to have the entertainment in the
Balloon Room instead of the Central Stage as more appropriate. He then
was loud in his admiration of a patent American razor, which was
passed from hand to hand for inspection amongst the audience. After a
while some youths were induced to come up to be shaved, and were
shaved by the small barber whose eyes had been covered with a bandage
before the commencement of the operation. When the first youth was
"done," the mildly-spoken gentleman observed that he had great
pleasure in announcing that the gentleman had been shaved by Mr.
So-and-so, (I forget the barber's name) blindfolded, without having
been cut! This encouraging information was received with cheers, but I
could not help fancying that the audience was not subsequently quite
so eager to assist by submission to the razor in contributing to the
blindfolded barber's triumph. Then the mildly-spoken gentleman
announced that the contest would not come off, for some reason that
was not quite clear to me. Hereupon a rather aggressive person claimed
to be shaved--and shaved he was, also another person of an older
growth than the first applicants. The aggressive person turned upon
his co-shavist (if I may be allowed to coin a word) and feeling his
chin declared him to be only half shaved. Then several other persons
felt the man's chin and expressed the same opinion. Then there was a
"scene," which I understood the mildly-spoken gentleman to declare to
be "an unseemly altercation," and officers of the institution in
uniform were introduced. The aggressive person continued his
aggressiveness, and claimed to be the Champion Shaver of a large
territory including (I think) both the inhabited and uninhabited
portions of the globe. Then a gentleman in morning dress, connected
with the Management appeared, and we were all requested politely to
leave. I followed with the crowd, for I had an idea (no doubt it was a
foolish fancy) that if I had not I should have been "chucked out." I
spent the rest of the evening in admiring a lady who claimed to be one
of the strongest women, if not the very strongest woman in the world,
and wondering why, before having a cannon fired off, from the support
of her shoulder, she should think it necessary to wave the British
flag and appear in the costume of BRITANNIA.

The Lord Mayor's Procession was also a "Show," and a very important
Show of the week. It has been so fully described that it requires only
a passing notice. The cars on their return were more pleasing than on
their first appearance, for when seen with the horses' heads turned
westwards the poor creatures, engaged to grace our London holiday,
were shivering in the heavy downpour. Even Father Thames (who should
have been in his element) seemed dissatisfied. When dismissed at the
Royal Courts, and told they might make the best of their way home, the
thinly-clad representatives of Music, Prosperity, and Commerce, were
allowed to assume shawls and wraps, and other protections from the
weather. Why before starting were they not all supplied with
umbrellas? It is true that BRITANNIA would have looked a little
incongruous with a _parapluie_.--I put this in French in honour of the
Brave Beige Mi Lor DE KEYSER,--but, on the other hand, she did not
seem _much_ like England without one. The Show was like all its
predecessors, inasmuch as it served once more as an excuse for a
subsequent luncheon party in pleasant company, and again afforded the
populace a glimpse of the LORD MAYOR and Corporation in their not very
frequently assumed characters of the wealthy Unemployed.

       *       *       *       *       *

Strictly Private.

(_From Mr. Secretary B-LF-R._)

      STOKES! STOKES!
      No more of your jokes,
  In sending O'BRIEN to gaol.
      For what we're to do,
      With _him_--all through you--
  Is a puzzle; you've shown _trop de zèle_.

       *       *       *       *       *

More Reminiscences.

  We've scarcely done _with_
  Our bright Mister FRITH,
  When out comes a dollop
  By T. DOLLY TROLLOPE

       *       *       *       *       *

PROFESSORS OF THE "DECORATIVE" ARTS.--General CAFFAREL and Madame
LIMOUSIN.

       *       *       *       *       *

A BURLY GENTLEMAN.--The Moral out of the Hurly-Burleigh affair is
this, When an Editor commissions one of his "salaried assistants," as
Sir COUTTS-LINDSAY might term them, to report the proceedings of such
a meeting as that held in Trafalgar Square, he should apply to the
Chief Commissioner of Police for a _passe-partout_, which would serve
as a trump card to be played when in doubt. It was rather hard on the
doughty Soudan Correspondent, who is every inch a soldier--round the
waist included--to be Soudanly "run in." It is one thing to be taken
up by the Proprietors of the _Daily Telegraph_, and quite another to
be taken up by the Police. Still as _Mr. Weller Senior_ persisted in
asking, "Why worn't there an Alleybi?" so we cannot help regretting
that Mr. BENNETT BURLEIGH had not been furnished with proper
credentials.

       *       *       *       *       *

Rather Mixed.

_Pugilist Enthusiast (to Musical Ditto)._ I'm glad they gave SULLIVAN
a bouquet.

_Musical Ditto (on the wrong tack)._ He deserves it. I see they've put
his _Pinafore_ on again.

_Pugilistic Enthusiast (puzzled)._ His pinafore! What's that for?

_Musical Ditto._ To give him breathing time, I suppose, before he
makes his next hit. Ta Ta!

[_Exit Musical Ditto without further explanation._

       *       *       *       *       *

Mr. WALTER BESANT wrote to the _Times_ last Saturday to deny having
signed a petition in favour of the Chicago Anarchists. He admitted
that he had received such a petition, to which he had not returned any
answer. Mr. BESANT, in his dealings with "all sorts and conditions,"
should remember that "silence gives consent"--an aphorism (is this all
right, Mr. MORLEY?) naturally attributed to TACITUS.


       *       *       *       *       *

OUR BOOKING OFFICE.

_Monarchs I Have Met_, by BEATTY KINGSTON (CHAPMAN & HALL), is
a title which recalls the old story in SMITH'S _Irish Diamonds_,
and reproduced in another form by CHARLES LEVER, of the little
crossing-sweeper who ran home to his mother and recounted how he had
met WILLIAM THE FOURTH. "Mother, sure I've met the King this mornin'!
An' he spoke to me!!" "Did he now? Bless his Majesty! An' what might
the King have said to yez, PATSY?" "What did he say to me, is it?
Sure, he said, 'Get out of the way, ye dirty little blackguard!'"
Not that the Monarchs were so rude to Mr. BEATTY KINGSTON, whose
entertaining society was rather thrust on the Monarchs by his
employers than sought by the Royal Personages themselves. If Mr.
KINGSTON was entertaining in one sense, so were the Monarchs in
another. The first volume is especially festive. Within the first 183
pages there is more eating and drinking than in any other book I can
call to mind since _Pickwick_. These pages must be not only read, but
well digested. The writer congratulates himself on "not having let
anything escape him;" and certainly nothing eatable or drinkable
seems to have done so. He seems to be always smacking his lips over
reminiscences of the savory and the succulent--"Savory and More"
should be his motto--and it is sad to record that apparently--but I
trust I am mistaken in my deduction--he glories in iced champagne,
which is rank heresy, and an abomination to the true epicure. His
stories are told in an amusing, rough-and-ready, barrack-like,
swaggery-Germany-soldiery style; and _rien n'est sacré pour un
sapeur_. He witnesses the ceremony of anointing the King of Hungary,
and describes the function as the Primate "oiling" his Majesty, as if
the latter were having his locks Macassar'd, and the Archbishop were
the hair-dresser. Mr. BEATTY KINGSTON, according to the Book of B. K.,
or "the B. of B. K.," seems to have been generally entertained in the
"most sumptuous manner" wherever he went in Germany and Hungary--he
is very German, and always very Hung'ry--and writes of his sojourn
in these countries with a full heart. Then, in the second volume, he
finds himself in Rome, where there was "nothing fit to eat," "food
bad," "cookery abominable, and the wine worst of all." If the perusal
of the first part of the B. of B. K. causes many a mouth to water,
his wretched plight in the second will draw tears from the eyes of
the least sympathetic. He complains,--indeed, it is his first and most
important grievance,--"_Imprimis_, there was not a bit of clear ice to
be had in the Eternal City. Whatever liquid was cooled at all had to
be inserted in salt snow." What a cruel hardship for any man to
bear, especially a rollicking epicure who revels in "Roederer _carte
blanche_ of Alpine coldness." However, there was a good deal for him
to swallow in Rome, and for lack of better food, he seems to have
taken it in with all the alacrity of a dutiful Special with an
appetite for gossip. The book finishes with less solid eating, but
there is smoking perfumed golden tobacco, preserve-tasting, hot
coffee drinking, an interesting account of LESSEPS, and also of Prince
MICHAEL of Servia. Altogether, these are the volumes of a Voluble
Voyager, containing the amusing tales of a Talkative Traveller,
who can run on by the hour, with no one on the spot to interrupt or
contradict him.

I received, some time since, a charming little book, daintily bound in
vellum, called _The Joyous Neighbourhood of Covent Garden_, for which
I have to thank Mr. CHARLES EYRE PASCOE. It is styled "a literary
souvenir," and, I fancy, is not intended for publication. It was
brought out early this year, but at the time of its first appearance
I did not see it. If still unpublished, it is to be hoped that it will
not remain so for long. His account of EVANS'S in the days of PADDY
GREEN must revive in not a few of us whose memory is still "green,"
the reminiscences of many a cheery evening, though Mr. PASCOE seems
only to have visited EVANS'S when it was enlarged, and not in the good
stuffy old days, when PADDY GREEN himself took the chair. The author
says that Mr. JOHN GREEN was "the personification of a stout,
cheery, open-hearted, kindly English landlord." Not "English, you
know"--"PADDY" GREEN could not well be that, though he might, I admit,
"personify" the character. Anyone wishing to learn as much as he can
possibly carry away with him at a sitting should get Mr. PASCOE'S
book, and if it is not published, I only wish he may get it.

In the _Dublin Review_ (BURNS AND OATES) for this quarter, there is a
most interesting review of the various Jewish and anti-Jewish books,
which within the last two years have made a considerable stir on
the Continent, especially in France. The Ancient Hebrew Race are,
it appears, to possess the earth,--ultimately. In all persons with a
spark of genius, nay even with only a talent for music, for drama, for
any art whatsoever, there is--nay, say some enthusiastic Judaizers,
there must be--Jewish blood. Most Christians will be inclined to grant
the artfulness of the race, traditionally. The Jews claim every great
Genius. At this, _Mr. Punch_ will put his finger to his nose, and
meditate whether he too has not his share in the _damnosey hæreditas_.
A footnote to the article quotes G. DE PASCAL as stating that,
"CROMWELL proposed to sell Ireland to the Jews for 2,000,000 sterling
a year." Then why didn't he do it? Because the Jews wouldn't buy it,
I suppose. If they had, at this present time the English Government
would have been dealing with the O'ROTHSCHILDS, the O'LEVYS, and so
forth, and on the National flag, the Harp of Erin would have become
the Jews' Harp. That SHAKSPEARE was a Jew, and that his real name was
MOSES, is a theory which the notes of the new edition of SHAKSPEARE,
now being brought out by Messrs. HENRY IRVING and FRANK MARSHALL, will
probably go some way towards establishing.

  YOUR OWN BARON DE BOOK WORMS.

       *       *       *       *       *

THEORY AND PRACTICE.

_Brief Tragi-Comedy for the Times._

ACT I.--_A West End Club Smoking Room. Philosophic Philanthropists
discovered disposing of question of the hour._

_First Philosophic Philanthropist (putting down Times)._ Well, I'm sure
nothing could be more satisfactory, and it's all clearly set down here.
Not a single soul in the Metropolis need pass the night in the streets.
Here's the whole thing set out, chapter and verse. It seems the Police
take the matter in hand, and there's a decent night's lodging provided
for every single tramp who's in want of it.

_Second Philosophic Philanthropist._ Just so. Of course one knows
there's no end of exaggerated clap-trap talked about the matter. The
thing's as simple as can be. They're drafted off to the Casual Wards,
where there is clean, wholesome, and comparatively comfortable
accommodation; and the system works perfectly, and is capitally
organised.

_First Philosophic Philanthropist (warmly)._ Capitally!

    [_Are left mutually congratulating each other on the ample
    provision made by the Authorities for the nightly shelter of the
    homeless Metropolitan poor as the scene closes in._

ACT II.--_Exterior of a Casual Ward. Time_ 9 P.M. _Thirty Shivering
Creatures in charge of Practical Policeman, discovered waiting outside
in the wind and rain._

_First Shivering Creature._ I say, Bobby, d'you think we shall git in
'ere? I'm almost froze, and am that drippin' there ain't a bloomin' dry
rag upon me.

_Practical Policeman (who has already been to three other Casual Wards
with his "charges" but has found them all full)._ You wait a minute;
perhaps we shall have luck here. (_The Master appears._) Well, Mister
Master, have you got any room?

_Master._ No; full as we can hold. (_Surveying the shivering crowd._)
How many are you? Twenty or thirty! Hum--well, I might squeeze in five.
Pick 'em out.

    [First Shivering Creature _and four others are passed into a damp
    close, stone-paved room, crowded with human beings, some of which
    are lying on a few wooden benches, the majority being huddled in
    heaps upon the floor_.

_First Shivering Creature._ Wot! Call this a night's lodging? Why,
quod's a pallis to it! [_Sinks down in a corner, and huddles himself to
sleep with the rest._

_Master (concluding his address to Policeman)._ Well, good-night to you.
Your best game would be Wapping, I should say--not, though, that I think
they'll be able to help you.

    [_Shuts door on Policeman and his "charges," who try Wapping, from
    which place, being "full," they are directed in turns to several
    other Wards in different parts of the Metropolis, but after trudging
    about for hours and finding no room anywhere, they eventually draw
    up outside a Casual Ward in the Bermondsey district at_ 1 A.M.

_Practical Policeman (coming to the point)._ Well, as I can't get you in
'ere, nor, as it seems, anywheres, I must leave you to shift for
yourselves.

    [_Retires pensively._

_Second Shivering Creature._ Well, mates, there ain't then nuffink for
it but the "Square" agin; so I'm hoff.

    [_Straggles aimlessly westward, followed at intervals by other
    Shivering Creatures as Curtain descends on "capitally organised"
    Tableau._

       *       *       *       *       *

MOST APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE.--Mistress MARGARET DILLON, Midwife and
Monthly nurse, who brought an action against the Irish Secretary for
slander, had determined to produce in Court several most respectable
wet-nusses to character.

       *       *       *       *       *

Messrs. CHATTO AND WINDUS advertise _Jack the Fisherman_, by Miss
PHELPS. A catching title, and which sounds like a continuation of
_Exchange for a Sole_, by Miss LINSKILL.

       *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration: THINGS ONE WOULD RATHER HAVE LEFT UNSAID.

_Her Ladyship._ "I'M SO GLAD YOU ARE COMING TO OUR CONCERT IN THE
SCHOOLROOM TO-NIGHT, PRICE! MISS DAVEY, THE GREAT CONTRALTO FROM
LONDON, IS COMING TO HELP US, YOU KNOW!"

_Old Servant._ "YES, MY LADY, WE WAS A SAYING IN THE SERVANTS' 'ALL AS
WE FELT VERY HANXIOUS ABOUT 'ER. THEY DON'T APPRECIATE ANYTHING REALLY
FUST-RATE DOWN 'ERE. NOW YOU AND MISS HEMMAR ALWAYS TAKES BEAUTIFUL,
MY LADY!"]

       *       *       *       *       *

THE SCHOOLMASTER OF THE FUTURE.

_Skilled Mechanic of Old School loquitur_:--

  It's a nice pretty state of affairs, if you look at the business
      all round!
  If someone don't alter it somehow, Old England must come to the
      ground.
  I've thought it all out a good bit, for it touches us home, don't
      you see;
  It puzzles the swells, so, no doubt, it's too much of a twister for
      me.
  But I look at the thing from a side which they can't have their eye
      on,--not close,--
  A fair forty year at the bench ought to give one the tip, I suppose.

  If me and my mates and the masters, the Book _and_ the Bench, could
      combine
  To take the job fairly in hand, I suppose we could strike out a line.
  Odd luck if we couldn't, at least; but we _don't_ pull together, you
      see:
  Pull devil pull baker's the game,--it's a mad one, as most will agree.
  The Book and the Bench! There's the nip. And a fellow will see--if
      he'll look--
  That although the three R's are good value, a man cannot _live_ by
      the Book.

  True, Bench without Book may be blindish, but Book without Bench may
      be worse,
  To read penny papers won't feed you, if you haven't pence in your
      purse.
  Men can't live on cackle not nohow, the bulk of 'em that is to say;
  A few gassy spouts can, of course; for _they_ prate, don't you see,
      and _we_ pay;
  But _that_ rule will not work all round, thanks be!--a skilled hand,
      a sharp eye
  Are the artisan's proper rig-out; and as for the rest of it, why
  Mr. Schoolmaster there does his best with his 'ologies, 'isms, and
      things,
  But if a man's lot is to trudge, it is small use a-fitting him wings.
  No, I 'm not against learning, not me; but life's battle means
      gumption and tools,
  That is for the general ruck, and the saps who deny it are fools.
  I remembered my father, old Millwright, in days as no more will be
      seen,
  When a man put his soul in his work, a mechanic was not a machine.
  It would take lots o' "technical" teaching to bring our lads up to his
      trim,
  Or make our mere chippers and filers a match for such workmen as
      _him_.
  He _had_ been through the mill, a rare grind, for apprenticeship
  then meant it's name.
  I have known him take ten quid a week, only wish I could earn half the
      same.
  Times altered? Of course; so have systems, and not for the better some
      ways.
  I've read, for I _can_ read, you know, of the wild old apprentices'
      days,
  When the shout of "Clubs! Clubs!" roused the town, and political
      feelings ran high,
  And the stiff Spanish courtiers went weak in the hams at the ominous
      cry.

  Wild blades!--but the youngsters could work, knew their craft; but you
      pale, loose-limbed lout,
  The sort of crammed hobbledehoy that the School-Board appears to turn
      out,
  Who can spell out Sedition in penn'orths, and howl it out hot in the
      Square,
  If you give him the "Work" that he yells for with so much wild blather
      and blare,
  What sort of a fist will he make of it? Which of the blustering band
  Has a really sound head on his shoulders, a really skilled craft to
      his hand?

  And Capital wrangles with Labour, each hating the other like snakes;
  And the Foreigner creeps in and up, and the Board Agent comes and he
      takes
  Our boys, and he crams 'em with kibosh as makes 'em too big for their
      breeches;
  But real true bread-winning knowledge--the stuff that the Bench only
      teaches--
  They don't find set down in their books, with their 'isms and
      'ometries--no;
  But the nipper's turned out in the world, and then what shall he turn
      to?--where go?
  Cheap clerking, or rule-of-thumb drudgery, bands, and black flags, and
      that rot?
  They may give it what fine names they like, but it simply means going
      to pot!
  And the swells snarl and sneer, and the bobbies are bid to be sharp
      with their staves,
  And the dupes who get all the cracked heads are informed if they don't
      they'll be slaves.

[Illustration: THE SCHOOLMASTER OF THE FUTURE.

(_And the sooner we get him the better._)

BRITISH WORKMAN: "BOTHER YOUR 'OLOGIES AND 'OMETRIES, LET _ME_ TEACH
HIM SOMETHING USEFUL!"]

  Seems to me all a muddle all round. Half the Masters are grinders and
      grabs,
  And the men, when not cynical churls, are too apt to be shirkers and
      blabs.
  I don't see it's a lively look out for my mates, in the country or
      town,
  With "Standards" and School-rates still rising, and most other things
      going down.

  Nice thing for the nippers too, ain't it? The boys may be stuffed at
      both ends,
  Without "technical" knowledge they're wasters; them as tells 'em this
      truth are their friends.
  There 'aint no true "Apprentices" now; seven years of sound teaching
      don't please.
  But the masters and workers appear to be sweet upon freedom and ease;
  Old "Indentures" are too long and tight, so they just shuffle on and
      slop through,
  And it's diamond cut diamond all round, till Trade seems just a
      regular do.
  I was trained in a different school, and my motto's good work for good
      wage;
  But the sweaters and spouters between 'em spoil _that_ in this
      book-learned age.
  Mister School Teacher just take my tip, I can tell you you're on the
      wrong lay;
  You get paid, so I've heard, by results; the results, Sir, are bad,
      and _don't_ pay.
  Boys learning to read, and then spending their pence upon "Highwaymen"
      trash;
  Lads knowing the _pons asinorum_, who can't make a door or a sash;
  Louts lolloping round on the loose, spouting fragments of Socialist
      stuff;
  Mobs of "workmen," played shuttlecock with by the ranter, the "red,"
      and the rough;
  True hands by the thousand left idle, poor mouths by the myriad
      unfilled,
  Because Wealth's so hard upon Labour, and Labour's so often unskilled;
  These are rummy "results!" See this lad, now; he's pale; he's
      well-packed, I suppose
  With the stuff that your "Standards" require; well, his schooling must
      come to a close;
  To stuff him, and lots of his like, rate-collectors must put on the
      screw.
  Well, when you have done with the nipper, the question comes, what can
      _he_ do?
  Will his bag of books stand him in stead, when he ought to have tools
      in his bag?
  Are your "Standards" quite up to the mark, if they lead to the Black
      or Red Flag?
  Oh, bother your 'isms and 'ologies! Excellent things in their way;
  But bread-winning wants something else, and the 'isms without it won't
      pay.
  Yes--"Technical Knowledge" they call it--means practical gumption and
      skill,
  Or used to when I was a youngster; it may be a sort of a pill,
  But if you'll stand aside and let _me_ teach the lad something useful,
      my friend,
  Old England may yet hold her own, which some think a desirable end!

       *       *       *       *       *

ROBERT ON LORD MAYOR'S DAY.

[Illustration]

DETERMINED to have a good long gaze at what I was told was to be a
reglar stunning Lord Mayor's Show, such as they has in sum of the low
countrys of Urope on werry high occasions, I got a old friend of mine,
who's a reglar tribble Bob Major of a bell ringer at a Citty Church, to
git me a ticket for a lovely seat in his boarded Church Yard, oppersite
Newgate, and near the Hold Bayley, so there was plenty to cheer us hup
afore the Show cum, and plenty to emuse us. Of course the best fun of
all was to watch the poore chaps in the crowd below us a being scrowged
and shoved and pushed about, while we sat in our bootiful crimson seats
just like so many hemenent swells in the theatre, a looking down on the
common fellers beneath 'em.

I don't think, upon the hole, if I had my choice, that I woud choose to
be a Perliceman on Lord Mare's Day. Ony to think of the diffrence
betwixt them and hus! They begins hurly, we begins late; they is,
aperiently, on their poor feet all day long, we merely spends a hour or
two in the hevening on them useful xtremes; they has to snatch a bit of
quite plane food and drink anyhows and anywheres, while we--but no! I
draws a whale over the thrilling contrast; there's sum things as is best
left to the emadgination, speshally such things as them things. And when
at length they seeks their tired homes, what has they to console 'em for
their long day's pushing and scrowging? Nothink! What have we, for our
day of ministering to the luxyourious wants of the helegant and refined?
Sumthink, but how much, depends upon suckemstances over which
unfortnitly we haven't not no control. And I thinks that upon the hole,
the libberality of mankind is not a increesing helement, more's the
pitty!

What a percession it was when at full length it came at last! It begun
with the flags and the principle officers of no less than 8 City
Washupfool Companies. And which of the Officers was it as first fixt my
gaze, and held it firmly? Need I say it was the Beedles in their butiful
Clokes of office. There was a quiet dignerty, not to say a degree of
subblimmity in their demeener, as quite affected me, and I at once
confess, amost arowsed my henvy. Wat a termination to my great career!
But keep quiet my throbbing buzzom, and pass on. Of the four bootiful
Cars drawn by 6 strong horses, I gives my wote without no hezitation to
the Epping Forest one. It was xactly like life, specially the gents a
pretending to carry partridges on their fistes, which was all probbubly
washed off by the rain.

The late Lord Mare was in werry good time, and passed by amid our
shouts, looking jest as good-tempered as he did last year, when he was
our Rising Son of power. At last came the Ero of the day in his grand
old Coach of State, and then came one of the principle ewents of the
journey, for the Carridge and all its six horses was stopt, and about
harf-a-dozzen most respectabel looking gents, all of whom I was told was
Churchwardens and OWERSEERS of the werry hiest quality, all drest in
their werry best close, and wearing butiful reel gold Badgers, went bang
up to the State Coach and sed something werry kind to the Lord
MARE, and gave him something for hisself, at which he seemed werry
much pleased, and said sumthink werry nice in reply, and then we all
cheered so artily that the 6 horses got impashent and insisted on going
on. So on they went, and I seed 'em no more.

There was a good deal of grumbling about the rain, and it suttenly
_did_ rain. I did try to pass it off as a mere passing shower, but
that didn't do after about two hours of it. Sum of the wet higneramusses
wanted to make out as it was all the Lord MARE's fault. Well, I
wasn't a-going for to stand that gross injustice while I was comfortably
a setting in my rheumantic churchyard, so I boldly said as how as all
the derangements for the weather was always left to the Hed Waiter, and
that after giving my whole mind to the subject, I had decided that, of
the two, rain and peace and quietness was far more better than sunshine
and row, at which they all larfed, but it put a stop to all the
grumbling, so I reckoned that was one to me.

Perhaps the most saddest specktacle as was seen by any one pare of eyes
on that orful wet day, was the poor gennelmen of the Lord Mare's
ousehold a picking their dellicate way through the middle of the muddy
road with their butiful wands of office, and striving in wain to keep
their lovely pink silk stockings from being soiled by the wulger mud.
What their feelings must have been how few can no, specially when they
found theirselves the sport of the ribbald jester. I didn't think as the
frantic efforts of the hundereds of children to sing "_Rool Britannier_"
was werry much helped by the accumpanyment of the passing Band playing
werry lowdly, "_All Werry Fine and Large_;" but then, in coarse, tastes
differ.

The Bankwet was werry much as usual; that is to say, about the werry
grandest thing in the world; but I cannot report the speeches, coz we
was all on us all turned out of the All directly as they begun, more's
the pitty, but I was priviliged to hear some of the shouting and
hollering.

I'm not quite sure whether it's right even of Committee Gentlemen to
make fun of one of the werry sacredest of human hinstitootions, wiz.,
the nessessery refreshment of the xhausted body, and yet I heard one on
'em say to a reel fine tall Cabbinet Minister, who arsked him the werry
nateral question, whether they had their dinner afore or after the
gestes? "Both, and a little snack after breakfast, and a quite lite
supper when it was all over." Praps the xaggeration wasn't werry great,
but still there was xaggeration, and xaggeration is the Waiter's cuss!

It rained as I went to my reserwed place in the frendly church-yard, it
rained as I went to the Bankwetting All, and it rained as I sort my
nupshal couch at about one o'clock, Hay. Hem., and it recalled to fond
memory the words of the Royal Hanthem, "Long to rain over us!"

    ROBERT.

       *       *       *       *       *

A Line for Browning.

  Who'd write an epic for the age
  Would need a title for his page.
  For one he'd not have far to look--
  "The (Prize) Ring and the (Betting) Book."

       *       *       *       *       *

A CHANCE FOR THE SOCIALISTS.--Parliament Hill and other lands
adjoining Hampstead Heath to be turned into a People's Park for ever.
Five hundred acres in which to congregate and speechify. How delightful
for Hampstead!

       *       *       *       *       *

Obviously.

  Rascality would break the peace,
    Would insolently do and dare;
  Its motto is "Square the Police,"
    And ours must be "Police the Square."

       *       *       *       *       *

SWEETS OF OFFICE.--To be appointed one of the British Delegates
at the Conference on the Sugar Question.

       *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration:
"INSTANTANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY" IN IRELAND, WITH "INSTANTANEOUS RESULTS."

[A Letter to the _Times_ recommended Instantaneous Photography for
the purposes of detection and evidence at proclaimed meetings.]]
       *       *       *       *       *

NEGATIVE RESULTS.

_From the Diary of an Irish Instantaneous Photographic Detective._

_Monday._--Arrived in Dublin. Consider the first thing to do is to get
the goodwill of the Authorities. Make for the Castle. Stopped by a
Sentinel. Focus him in two positions, and rush past him before he has
time to recover himself. Hurry along corridors, and through passages and
ante-chambers, knocking over domestics and Equerry, and two Private
Secretaries, and finally burst in upon the Viceroy. Find him at
breakfast. Instantly focus him. Take him in the act of putting a piece
of hot kidney in his mouth, while Lady LONDONDERRY stands in the
background pouring out a cup of tea. He shifts his position, puts down
his knife and fork, and stares at me in mute surprise. Lady
LONDONDERRY also pauses with the teapot, and regards me with
astonishment. The pose is graceful. I at once focus them again. A couple
of lovely pictures! They seem even more astonished. Explain my mission,
and say that I thought it as well to look in at the "Castle," and see
that "things were going on all right." They ring the bell, and give me
into custody. Manage, however, to convey to the people at the Police
Station that, acting on a suggestion made by Mr. W. H. MALLOCK in a
letter to the _Times_, I had come over in the interests of the
Government, and didn't think there was any harm in introducing myself
familiarly at head-quarters. Add that I think BALFOUR knows what I'm
up to. This seems to influence them. Am let out with a caution.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Tuesday._--Determine next to look up the Lord Mayor of Dublin, and
see how he is getting on. Make for his official residence, hurry
upstairs, and present myself. By way of introduction, say I've already
been to the "Castle." Jumps up at this, and shouting out "the divil ye
have!" seizes the poker and makes for me. I whip out my camera and focus
him. Succeed in taking him in five positions. (1) Yelling at me and
jumping over a chair. (2) Throwing an inkstand at my head. (3) Tumbling
over a table in pursuit. (4) Bounding out after me on to the landing.
(5) Kicking me downstairs. Capital pictures, all of them. Fancy they'll
come out well. Escape with my life.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Wednesday._--Hear there's to be a popular meeting at Ballymoonin.
Take the train there at once. Find the place crowded. Platform opposite
the Town Hall, with speakers on it. Capital subject. Proceed to take an
instantaneous photograph, when somebody cries out, "Begorra! shure he's
a spy!" Am assailed with a shower of brickbats. Focus several of them.
Hit over the head. Appeal to Mounted Policeman. His only reply is to
back his horse on to me. Horse plunges and kicks out at my camera.
Manage with a little man[oe]uvring to take a fine picture of his hoofs.
Riot begins. Am pelted out of Ballymoonin, and rush to station taking
occasional instantaneous photographs of rabid pursuers as I fly.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Thursday._--Attend a proclaimed meeting of the Land League at
Kilhoolish. Manage to get inside room, and focus the Chairman, when
somebody asks me what's my "business there at all." Explain that I've
just come to take an instantaneous photograph of the proceedings, in a
friendly way. Chairman takes off his coat, and jumps on to the table.
Focus him again. Shouts out to me, "Is it a frind ye call yerself? Thin,
bedad, me boy, it's jist out of the window we'll put ye." A rush is made
at me. Seize camera, and hurriedly take pictures of scuffle in seventeen
positions. Am ultimately hurled out of window. Camera thrown after me
Never mind. Have secured several excellent pictures of legs, arms,
flying chairs, and shillelaghs. Limp off as fast as I can, to develop
them.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Friday._--Turn up at Glencreagh to witness an eviction on Lord
DOLLIBANNIN'S property. One hundred and fifty Police and two squadrons
of Cavalry engaged in supporting Bailiffs. Farm vigorously defended by
infuriated natives. Propose to take an instantaneous photograph of
interior of premises. Approach window with camera. Am instantly covered
with boiling meal, and felled by a crowbar. Endeavour to focus my
assailant. Pursues me to garden-gate. Turn on him with camera. Sends me
flying over the wall. Pull myself together, and creep off, not
altogether disappointed. Find I have succeeded in taking a very fair
negative of a pitchfork.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Saturday._--Make for Tullamore, meaning to finish up with an
instantaneous photograph of O'BRIEN. Call on Governor of Gaol and
explain that I should like to take his prisoner, "clothes and all, just
as he is, having a meal, if possible, so as to satisfy the outside
public as to his general condition and appearance." Bids me mind my own
business, and endeavours to slam the door in my face. Tell him I shall
certainly photograph _his_ attitude in the matter. Focus him. Makes a
rush at me, kicks me into the street, and smashes my camera. So can't
even take the sole of his boot. Pity. It would have made a pleasing and
striking picture. However, on the whole, not a bad week's work. But must
rest now for repairs. Am looking forward with confidence to next.

       *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration: STARTLING!

_He (rapturously)._ "AND NOW THAT'S ALL SETTLED, DARLING, WHAT KIND OF
ENGAGEMENT RING WOULD YOU LIKE?"

_She._ "OH, GOLD THIS TIME, I HOPE, DEAREST! I'M QUITE SICK OF WEARING
IMITATION ENGAGEMENT RINGS!!"

    [_Tableau!_]]

       *       *       *       *       *

THE DUSTMAN AND THE BARGE-OWNER.

(_A River Carroll._)

"Mr. AKERS DOUGLAS assured BARON HENRY de WORMS that a system had
arisen of London barges, laden with tin kettles, old iron, pots,
crockery, and even iron bedsteads, emptying this refuse into the sea
near the Isle of Sheppey, and that the Whitstable oyster-beds were in
consequence being ruined."--_Daily Paper._

  The Dustman and the Barge-owner
    Were very fast allies;
  They wept like watering-pots to see
    Such rubbish-heaps arise,
  Including iron bedsteads, and
    Pans of enormous size.

  "If any householder in Town
    Told me to move this 'ere,
  Do you suppose," the Dustman said,
    "That I should get it clear?"
  "I doubt it," said the Barge-owner,
    "Unless they gave you beer!

  "But I've some barges on the Thames;
    So here's a jolly spree--
  We'll take this lot of tins and pots,
    Also the crocker_ee_;
  And when we're out of sight of land,
    We'll drop 'em in the sea!"

  The Dustman and the Barge-owner
    They loaded barges four,
  And when they got to Whitstable
    They anchored near the shore;
  The Barge-owner said nothing but
    "Why should we voyage more?"

  "But, wait a bit!" an Oyster cried,
    Turning quite blue with dread;
  "You surely would not empty here
    Your refuse on my head!
  I do not want a bedstead, though
    This _is_ an _Oyster_-bed."

  "The time has come," the Barge-owner
    Remarked unto his mate,
  "To talk of Barking outfall, and
    Our Vestry's last debate,
  And whether pots or liquid slush
    The Oysters most do hate."

  "It seems a shame," the Dustman said,
    "To spoil the Oyster breed,
  Considering that, when nice and fat,
    They're very good indeed,
  Eaten with bread-and-butter, brown,
    And flowing bowls of mead."

  "I weep for them, I do, I'm sure,"
    The Barge-owner replied;
  Then sorted out the nastiest things
    His rubbish-ship supplied,
  And, winking to his dismal friend,
    He chucked them o'er the side!

  "O Oysters dear!" the Dustman cried,
    "Our business we have done.
  I hope you'll find the bedsteads fit."
    But answer came there none;
  And this was scarcely odd, because
    They'd perished every one!

       *       *       *       *       *

THE SHRIMP CURE.

(_By Pegwell Bey._)

[Illustration]

Sir,--My title is Oriental; but I am a British subject. I address you
as an expert. This is the time of Cures--you have the Grape Cure, the
Whey Cure, the Water Cure, the Bath Cures, the Cures by German
waters--another and a shorter Whey Cure--and the Cure by French
watering-places. You have the Homburg Cure, the Wiesbaden Cure, the
Royat Cure; indeed, every kind of Cure, except the only Perfect Cure,
which I assert to be the "Shrimp Cure!"

I know that the pages of _Punch_ are read by all, and, for the benefit
of all mankind, I give these notes from my note-book, which is that of a
physician who has had great experience all over the world, and
especially in the East End of Europe, in order that rich and poor,
prince and peasant, may read, and happily find that true balsam, which
will so far purge his complaints, that he may become whole and well, and
a comfort to his family circle, and the pride of his country. Yes, Sir,
come to PEGWELL BEY for a cure, and P. B. exclaims, "In the name of
the Profit! Shrimps!"

A few explanatory words about my installation in the locality. I wanted
a Sanatorium. An unfinished row of villas about a mile-and-a-half
distant that had long been on the hands of a local speculative builder
struck me as the very thing. I took the whole terrace forthwith,
speedily instituted a bathing machine fitted up as an ambulance to meet
the down-train, and here I am in three months literally turning patients
away. I may as well add that to enable me to procure a fresh and
constant supply of shrimps for the necessities of my establishment, I
have managed to secure the services of a Retired Smuggler, who says he
knows the coast, and thinks with a lawn tennis net cut up into pieces,
and the assistance of one or two donkey-boys, or even patients, he can
undertake to keep me supplied. But to revert to my experiences.

No. 1. I commence with one of my first cases. I wish to be truthful. It
was not a successful one at first. A. B., æt. 45, of nervo-bilious
temperament, complained that his nights were fearful; no sleep, pains
everywhere, an uneasy sensation as of billiard-balls being poured down
his back, a horror of society, and distaste for pastry. I had him placed
in the establishment, and began by giving him three pints of shrimps
every four hours. For the first twenty-four hours he improved
wonderfully, he increased in weight and strength, and his appetite was
greater--no other food than shrimps is allowed; but on the second day I
found him with a temperature of 205° Fahrenheit, a pulse of 270,
respirations 76 in the minute, and in fact in a critical state. I
remained with the patient, I sent for my electric lamp and other
instruments. I made an examination--a careful scientific
examination--and I found that he had eaten the _heads_ and _tails_. What
was to be done? I called in the Retired Smuggler, and asked his advice.
He immediately suggested warm greengage jam. After many anxious hours,
this had the effect of completely soothing the system, and my patient
breathed again. What relief! Having learnt by experience, I sat with
that patient days and days, saw each shrimp carefully peeled and dipped
in weak solution of carbolic acid--the result was wonderful. All his
hair came off, he looked twenty years older, and completely lost the use
of his legs, but he is now able to pursue the laborious occupation of an
Art Critic with pleasure to himself and gratification and edification to
his numerous readers.

No. 2. The case of a woman in an active stage of consumption is also
remarkable. She consumed everything, from a periwinkle to a Perigord
pie. In other respects appetite normal. Received her into the
establishment--fed her on shrimp-sauce, in quart pots. She came back
like the rebound of a watch-spring. She only remained three days--said
she was quite well, and suddenly left, unfortunately without giving her
address, and so her account remains unpaid. I do not think she will
return. The Retired Smuggler is of the same opinion.

No. 3. My next case presents singular features of interest. My patient
in this instance was an aged Duke, whose symptoms were unique and
peculiar. He had deafening noises in his head, like the explosion of
heavy foot artillery, coupled with a continual sensation of descending
rapidly, as in a diving-bell out of order, accompanied by sudden and
unexpected seizures in the spine, as if he were violently run into in
the back by an omnibus-pole. His sight was also affected, magnificent
displays of fireworks taking place between him and his morning paper
whenever he attempted to look at the leader. I saw at a glance that
there was congestion in the case, and at once ordered a massage bath of
hot potted shrimps. This was followed at first by the exhibition of some
feverish symptoms, but, by a persistent recourse to it uninterruptedly
for six consecutive months, they gradually disappeared, and I consider
him now in a much improved condition. It is true that his faculties
appear to have left him, and that he addresses me as "King of the
Coloboo Islands," and, whenever he gets a chance, puts things on the sly
across the railway lines to upset the trains, and eats his newspaper;
but I fancy the noises in his head have disappeared. I have lately sent
him out in charge of the Retired Smuggler, who assures me that, beyond
bonneting a middle-aged lady on a donkey with the shrimping-net,
beginning a war-dance in a neighbouring public-house, and pushing a
shortsighted naturalist who was collecting zoophytes at the end of the
pier into the water, there has been nothing at all to distinguish his
behaviour from that of any ordinary nobleman making a short stay at the
sea-side. I have him now watched, for I think it as well, by six
attendants night and day, but I consider him quite my showcase. The more
I look at him the more it is brought home to me what wonders the shrimps
have done for him.

I could, of course, continue my extracts, but my space is limited, and I
must stop here. I think, however, I have revealed enough of the new
treatment to induce any waverer to no longer hesitate, but to get it at
once, and put himself or herself unreservedly under the careful charge
of your highly scientific and circumspect correspondent,

  PEGWELL BEY.

       *       *       *       *       *

"MI LOR MAIRE."

The new Belgian Lord Mayor of London, Monsieur POLYDORE DE KEYSER,
is, it is said, a proficient in several languages. "English as she
is spoke," being one of them. Let us rename him "POLYGLOT DE KEYSER."
Every dog must have his day, and so must a Lord Mayor, and a precious
bad one Poor POLYGLOT had for making a show of himself on the Ninth.
It is rather hard on any Lord Mayor, Mi Lor Maire le Brave Belge not
excepted, that the ninth should follow so close upon the heels of the
fifth of November. But if a British Lord Mayor must take his chance of
the weather, even so must the Brave Belgian

  Who in spite of all temptation
  To belong to his own nation,
    Did become an Englishman!
    Yes! an English Alderman!

[Illustration: A Brussels Sprout.]

Even as our latest Lord Mayor, he cannot expect to be exempt from the
penalties which a British climate enforces from all citizens of London.
During the twelve months reign of POLYGLOT it is probable that the
tune of _The Roast Beef of Old England_ will not be heard at Civic
festivities, but instead, a new Waltz will be performed entitled
_Brussels Sprouts_, which, as a matter of course,--third or fourth
course,--will be a favourite dish at the Munching House.

       *       *       *       *       *

VERY POLITE.--A certain Civic dignitary who enjoyed the Guildhall
Feast on the Ninth, felt uncommonly unwell the next day. Out of
compliment to the New LORD MAYOR'S nationality, the worthy citizen, in
answer to kind inquiries, sent to say that he was only suffering from
_Mal de Maire_.

       *       *       *       *       *

IN GOOD HANDS.--"Electric lighting," it is said, "is still in its
infancy"--for which fact we could not have better authority than its
NURSEY,--we mean the Past-President of the Society of Engineers.

       *       *       *       *       *

NOTICE.--Rejected Communications or Contributions, whether MS., Printed
Matter, Drawings, or Pictures of any description, will in no case be
returned, not even when accompanied by a Stamped and Addressed Envelope,
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