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VOL. 101.

October 31, 1891.


(_Afrikander Version of the great Breitmann Ballad, penned, "more
in sorrow than in anger," by a "Deutscher" resident in the distant
regions where the Correspondent of the "Daily Graphic" is, like der
Herr Breitmann himself, "drafellin' apout like eferydings._")

[Illustration: (Y)]

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty -
Vhere is dat Barty now?
He fell'd in luf mit der African goldt;
Mit SOLLY he'd hat a row;
He dinks dat his secession
Would make der resht look plue,
But, before he drafel vast and var,
His Barty sphlit in two.

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty -
Dere vash B-LF-R, W-LFF, and G-RST,
Dey haf vorgot deir "Leater,"
Und dat ish not deir vorst.
B-LF-R vill "boss" der Commons,
Vhile GRANDOLPH - sore disgraced -
Ish "oop a tree," like der Bumble Bee,
Und W-LFF and G-RST are "placed."

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty -
Vhen he dat Barty led,
B-LF-R vash but a "Bummer,"
A loafing lollop-head.
Young Tories schvore by GRANDOLPH,
(Dey schvear _at_ GRANDOLPH now,)
Now at de feet of der "lank æsthete"
Der _Times_ itshelf doth bow!

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty,
Dere all vash "Souse und Brouse."[1]
Now he hets not dat prave gompany
All in der Commons House,
To see _him_ skywgle GL-DST-NE,
Und schlog him on der kop.
Young Tory bloods no longer shout
Till der SCHPEAKER bids dem shtop.

Und, like dat Rhine Mermaiden
"Vot hadn't got nodings on,"
Dey "don't dink mooch of beoplesh
Vat goes mit demselfs alone!"

Young GRANDOLPH _hat_ a Barty -
Where ish dat Barty now?
Where ish dat oder ARTHUR's song
Vot darkened der Champerlain's prow?
Where ish de himmelstrahlende stern,
De shtar of der Tory fight?
All gon'd afay, as on Woodcock's wing,
Afay in de ewigkeit!

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty;
He hunt der lions now,
All in der lone Mashonaland,
But he does not "score" - somehow.
One Grand Old Lion he dared to peard,
Und he "potted" Earls and Dukes,
But eight or nine real lions at once,
He thinks are "_trop de luxe_"

Young GRANDOLPH hat a Barty,
But he scooted 'cross der sea,
Und he tidn't say to dem, "Come, my poys,
Und drafel along mit me!"

[Footnote 1: _Saus und Braus_ - Ger., Riot and Bustle.]

* * * * *

"CORRECT CARD, GENTS!" - "Wanted a Map of London" was the heading of
a letter in the _Times_ last Thursday. No, Sir! that's not what is
wanted. There are hundreds of 'em, specially seductive pocket ones,
with just the very streets that one wants to discover as short cuts
to great centres carefully omitted. What _is_ wanted is a _correct_
map of London, divided into pocketable sections, portable, foldable,
durable, on canvas, - but if imperfect, as so many of these small
pocket catch-shilling ones are just now, although professedly
brought up to date '91, they are worse than useless, and to purchase
one is a waste of time, temper and money. We could mention an
attractive-looking little map - which, but no - Publishers and public
are hereby cautioned! N.B. - Test well your pocket map through a
magnifying glass before buying. _Experto crede!_

* * * * *



[Oysters are very dear, and are likely, as the season
advances, to be still higher in price.]


Oh, Oyster mine! Oh, Oyster mine!
You're still as exquisitely nice;
With perfect pearly tints you shine,
But you are such an awful price.
The lemon and the fresh cayenne,
Brown bread and butter and the stout
Are here, and just the same, but then
What if I have to leave you out?

What wonder that my spirits droop,
That life can bring me no delight,
When I must give up oyster soup,
So softly delicately white.
The curry powder stands anear,
The scallop shells, but what care I -
You're so abominably dear,
O Oyster! that I cannot buy.

With sad imaginative flights,
I think upon the days of yore;
Like TICKLER, on Ambrosian nights,
I have consumed them by the score.
And still, whenever you appeared,
My pride it was to use you well;
I let the juice play round your beard,
And always on the hollow shell.

I placed you in the fair lark-pie.
With steak and kidneys too, of course;
Your ancestors were glad to die,
So well I made the oyster sauce.
I had you stewed and featly fried,
And dipped in batter - think of that;
And, as a pleasant change, I've tried
You, skewered in rows, with bacon-fat.

"Where art thou, ALICE?" cried the bard.
"Where art thou, Oyster?" I exclaim.
It really is extremely hard,
To know thee nothing but a name.
For this is surely torment worse
Than DANTE heaped upon his dead; -
To find thee quite beyond my purse,
And so go oysterless to bed.

* * * * *

SPEECH (_on the entirely satisfactory state of the Army
generally_). - (STAN-)"HOPE told a flattering tale."

* * * * *

UNIVERSITY MEM. - The Dean of Christ Church will keep his seat till
Christmas, and just a LIDDELL longer.

* * * * *


(_Very Latest War-Office Version. See Mr. Stanhope's After-Dinner
Speech at the Holborn Restaurant (Oct. 17), and Letter in "Times"
(Oct. 21) on "Pangloss at the War Office."_)


_Secretarial Pangloss sings:_ -

Late, upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, tired but cheery,
Over many an optimistic record of War Office lore;
Whilst I worked, assorting, mapping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone rudely rapping, rapping at my Office-door.
"Some late messenger," I muttered, "tapping at my Office-door -
Only this, but it's a bore."

I remember - being sober - it was in the chill October,
Light from the electric globe or horseshoe lighted wall and floor;
Also that it was the morrow of the Holborn Banquet; sorrow
From the Blue Books croakers borrow - sorrow for the days of yore,
For the days when "_Rule Britannia_" sounded far o'er sea and shore.
Ah! it _must_ have been a bore!

But on that let's draw the curtain. I am simply cock-sure - certain
That "our splendid little Army" never was so fine before.
It will take a lot of beating! Such remarks I keep repeating;
They come handy - after eating, and are always sure to score -
Dash that rapping chap entreating entrance at my Office-door!
It is an infernal bore!

Presently I grew more placid (Optimists should not be acid.)
"Come in!" I exclaimed - "con_found_ you! Pray stand drumming there
no more."
But the donkey still kept tapping. "Dolt!" I muttered, sharply
"Why the deuce do you come rapping, rapping at my Office-door?
Yet not 'enter' when you're told to?" - here I opened wide the door -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Open next I flung the shutter, when, with a prodigious flutter,
In there stepped a bumptious Raven, black as any blackamoor.
Not the least obeisance made he, not a moment stopped or stayed he,
But with scornful look, though shady, perched above my Office-door,
Perched upon BRITANNIA's bust that stood above my Office-door -
Perched, and sat, and seemed to snore.

"Well," I said, sardonic smiling, "this is really rather riling;
"It comports not with decorum such as the War Office bore
In old days stiff and clean-shaven. Dub me a Gladstonian craven
If I ever saw a Raven at the W.O. before.
Tell me what your blessed name is. '_Rule Britannia_' held of yore,"
Quoth the bird, "'Tis so no more!"

Much I marvelled this sophistic fowl to utter pessimistic
Fustian, which so little meaning - little relevancy bore
To the rule of me and SOLLY; but, although it may sound folly,
This strange fowl a strange resemblance to "Our Only General" wore,
To the W-LS-L-Y whose pretensions to sound military lore
Are becoming quite a bore.

But the Raven, sitting lonely on that much-peeled bust, spake only
Of our Army as a makeshift, small, ill-manned, and precious poor.
Drat the pessimistic bird! - he grumbled of "the hurdy-gurdy
Marching-past side of a soldier's life in peace." "We've fought
Winning battles with boy-troops," I cried, "We'll do as we before - "
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!"

"Nonsense!" said I. "After dinner at the Holborn, as a winner
Spake I in the _Pangloss_ spirit to the taxpayers, (_Don't_ snore!)
Told them our recruits - who'll master e'en unmerciful disaster,
Come in fast and come in faster, quite as good as those of yore," -
"Flattering tales of (Stan) Hope!" cried the bird, whose dismal
dirges bore,
One dark burden - "Nevermore!"

"Hang it, Raven, this _is_ riling!" cried I. "Stop your rude
Then I wheeled my office-chair in front of bird and bust and door;
And upon its cushion sinking, "I," I said, "will smash like winking
This impeachment you are bringing, O you ominous bird of yore,
O you grim, ungainly, ghastly, grumbling, gruesome feathered bore!"
Croaked the Raven, "You I'll floor."

Then methought the bird looked denser, and his cheek became
And he twaddled of VON MOLTKE, and his German Army Corps;
"Flattering the tax-payers' vanity," and much similar insanity,
In a style that lacked urbanity, till the thing became a bore.
"Oh, get out of it!" I cried; "our little Army yet will score."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!"

"Prophet!" said I, "of all evil, that we're 'going to the devil'
Has been the old croaker's gospel for a century, and more.
Red-gilled Colonels this have chaunted in BRITTANIA's ears
By their ghosts you must he haunted. Take a Blue-pill, I implore!
When our Army meets the foe it's bound to lick him as of yore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!

"Prophet!" said I, "that's uncivil. You may go to - well, the devil!
That Establishments are 'short,' and 'standards' lowered o'er and
That mere 'weeds,' with chests of maiden, cannot march with
knapsack laden;
That the heat of sultry Aden, or the cold of Labrador,
Such can't stand, _may_ be the truth; but keep it dark, bird, I
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!"

"Then excuse me, we'll be parting, doleful fowl," I cried,
"Get thee back to - the Red River, or the Nile's sand-cumbered shore!
Leave no 'Magazine' as token of the twaddle you have spoken.
What? BRITANNIA stoney-broken? Quit her bust above my door.
Take thy hook from the War Office; take thy beak from off my door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!"

And the Raven still is sitting, croaking statements most unfitting,
On BRITANNIA's much-peeled bust that's placed above my Office-door,
And if _Pangloss_, e'en in seeming, lent an ear to his dark
Useless were official scheming, grants of millions by the score,
For my soul were like the shadow that he casts upon the floor,
Dark and dismal evermore!

* * * * *



_Matilda_. "OH, NO!"


* * * * *


["The range of our inquiry was intended to include the whole
migratory range for seals.... Our movements were kept most
secret." - _Sir George Baden-Powell on the Work of the Behring
Sea Commission_.]

We came, we saw, we - held our tongues (myself - BADEN-POWELL - and
We popped on each seal-island "unbeknownst," and what we
discovered we held our jaws on.
We'd five hundred interviews within three months, which I think
"cuts the record" in interviewing,
Corresponded with 'Frisco, Japan, and Russia; so I hope you'll
allow we've been "up and doing."
(Not up and _saying_, be't well understood). As TUPPER (the
Honourable C.H., Minister
Of Fisheries) said, in the style of his namesake, "The fool
imagines all Silence is sinister,
"But the wise man knows that it's often dexterous." Be sure no
inquisitive shyness or bounce'll
Make us "too previous" with our Report, which goes first to the
QUEEN and the Privy Council.
Some bigwig's motto is, "Say and Seal," but as TUPPER remarked a
forefinger laying
To the dexter side of a fine proboscis, "Our motto at present is,
Seal _without_ saying!"

* * * * *

LEGAL QUERY. - The oldest of the thirteen Judges on the Scotch Bench is
YOUNG. Any chance for a Junior after this?

* * * * *



SCENE - _In front of the Hôtel Bodenhaus at Splügen. The
Diligence for Bellinzona is having its team attached. An
elderly Englishwoman is sitting on her trunk, trying to run
through the last hundred pages of a novel from the Hotel
Library before her departure. PODBURY is in the Hotel,
negotiating for sandwiches. CULCHARD is practising his
Italian upon a very dingy gentleman in smoked spectacles, with
a shawl round his throat._

_The Dingy Italian_ (_suddenly discovering CULCHARD's nationality_).
Ecco, siete Inglese! Lat us spika Ingelis, I onnerstan' 'im to ze
bottom-side. (_Laboriously, to CULCHARD, who tries to conceal his
chagrin._) 'Ow menni time you employ to go since Coire at here? (C.
_nods with vague encouragement_.) Vich manners of vezzer you vere
possess troo your travels - mosh ommerella? (C.'s _eyes grow vacant_.)
Ha, I _tink_ it vood! Zis day ze vicket root sall 'ave plenti 'orse
to pull, &c., &c. (_Here PODBURY comes up, and puts some rugs the_
coupé _of the diligence._) You sit at ze beginning-end, hey? better,
you tink, zan ze mizzle? I too, zen, sall ride at ze front - we vill
spika Ingelis, altro!

_Podb._ (_overhearing this, with horror_). One minute, CULCHARD. (_He
draws him aside._) I say, for goodness' sake, don't let's have that
old organ-grinding Johnny in the _coupé_ with _us_!

_Culch._ Organ-grinder! you are so _very_ insular! For anything you
can tell, he may be a decayed nobleman.

_Pod._ (_coarsely_). Well, let him decay somewhere else, that's all!
Just tell the Conductor to shove him in the _intérieur_, do, while I
nip in the _coupé_ and keep our places.

[Illustration: "An elderly Englishwoman is sitting on her trunk."]

[_CULCHARD, on reflection, adopts this suggestion, and the
Italian Gentleman, after fluttering feebly about the_ coupé
_door, is unceremoniously bundled by the Conductor into the
hinder part of the diligence._


_Culch._ Glorious view one gets at each fresh turn of the road,
PODBURY! Look at Hinter-rhein, far down below there, like a toy
village, and that vast desolate valley, with the grey river rushing
through it, and the green glacier at the end, and these awful
snow-covered peaks all round - _look_, man!

_Podb._ I'm looking, old chap. It's all there, right enough!

_Culch._ (_vexed_). It doesn't seem to be making any particular
impression on you, I must say!

_Podb._ It's making me deuced peckish, I know that - how about lunch,

_Culch._ (_pained_). We are going through scenery like this, and all
you think of is - lunch! (_PODBURY opens a basket._) You may give me
one of those sandwiches. What made you get _veal_? and the bread's
all crust, too! Thanks, I'll take some claret.... (_They lunch; the
vehicle meanwhile toils up to the head of the Pass._) Dear me, we're
at the top already! These rocks shut out the valley altogether - much
colder at this height, eh? Don't you find this keen air most

_Podb._ (_shivering_). Oh very, do you mind putting your window up?
Thanks. You seem uncommon chirpy to-day. Beginning to get _over_ it,

_Culch._ We shan't get over it for some hours yet.

_Podb._ I didn't mean the Pass, I meant - (_hesitating_) - well, your
little affair with Miss PRENDERGAST, you know.

_Culch._ My little affair? Get over? (_He suddenly understands._) Oh,
ah, to be sure. Yes, thank you, my dear fellow, it is not making me
_particularly_ unhappy. [_He goes into a fit of silent laughter._

_Podb._ Glad to hear it. (_To himself_.) 'Jove, if he only knew what
_I_ know! [_He chuckles._

_Culch._ You don't appear to be exactly heartbroken?

_Podb._ I? why _should_ I be - about _what_?

_Culch._ (_with an affectation of reserve_). Exactly, I was
forgetting. (_To himself_.) It's really rather humorous. (_He laughs
again._) Ha, we're beginning to go down now. Hey for Italy - la bella
Italia! (_The diligence takes the first curve._) Good Heavens, what a
turn! We're going at rather a sharp pace for downhill, eh? I suppose
these Swiss drivers know what they're about, though.

_Podb._ Oh, yes, generally - when they're not drunk. I can only see
this fellow's boots - but they look to me a trifle squiffy.

_Culch._ (_inspecting them, anxiously_). He does seem to drive
very recklessly. _Look_ at those leaders - heading right for the
precipice.... Ah, just saved it! How we do lurch in swinging round!

_Podb._ Topheavy - I expect, too much luggage on board - have another

_Culch._ Not for me, thanks. I say, I wonder if it's safe, having no
parapet, only these stone posts, eh?

_Pod._ Safe enough - unless the wheel catches one - it was as near as a
toucher just then - aren't you going to smoke? No? _I_ am. By the way,
what were you so amused about just now, eh?

_Culch._ _Was_ I amused? (_The vehicle gives another tremendous
lurch._) Really, this is _too_ horrible!

_Podb._ (_with secret enjoyment_). We're right enough, if the horses
don't happen to stumble. That off-leader isn't over sure-footed - did
you see _that_? (_Culch. shudders._) But what's the joke about Miss

_Culch._ (_irritably_). Oh, for Heaven's sake, don't bother about that
_now_. I've something else to think about. My goodness, we were nearly
over that time! What are you looking at?

_Podb._ (_who has been leaning forward_). Only one of the
traces - they've done it up with a penny ball of string, but I daresay
it will stand the strain. You aren't _half_ enjoying the view, old

_Culch._ Yes, I am. Magnificent! - glorious! - isn't it?

_Podb._ Find you see it better with your eyes shut? But I say, I wish
you'd explain what you were sniggering at.

_Culch._ Take my advice, and don't press me, my dear fellow; you may
regret it if you do!

_Podb._ I'll risk it. It must be a devilish funny joke to tickle you
like that. Come, out with it!

_Culch._ Well, if you must know, I was laughing.... Oh, he'll _never_
get those horses round in.... I was - er - rather amused by your evident
assumption that I must have been _rejected_ by Miss PRENDERGAST.

_Podb._ Oh, was _that_ it? And you're nothing of the kind, eh? [_He
chuckles again._

_Culch._ (_with dignity_). No doubt you will find it very singular;
but, as a matter of fact, she - well, she most certainly did not
_discourage_ my pretensions.

_Podb._ The deuce she didn't! Did she tell you RUSKIN's ideas about
courtship being a probation, and ask you if you were ready to be under
vow for her, by any chance?

_Culch._ This is too bad, PODBURY; you must have been there, or you
couldn't possibly know!

_Podb._ Much obliged, I'm sure. I don't listen behind doors, as a
general thing. I suppose, now, she set you a trial of some kind, to
prove your mettle, eh? [_With another chuckle._

_Culch._ (_furiously_). Take care - or I may tell you more than you
bargain for!

_Podb._ Go on - never mind _me_. Bless you, _I'm_ under vow for her,
too, my dear boy. Fact!

_Culch._ That's impossible, and I can prove it. The service she
demanded was, that I should leave Constance at once - with you. Do you
understand - with _you_, PODBURY!

_Podb._ (_with a prolonged whistle_). My aunt!

_Culch._ (_severely_). You may invoke every female relative you
possess in the world, but it won't alter the fact, and that alone
ought to convince you -

_Podb._ Hold on a bit. Wait till you've heard _my_ penance. She told
me to cart _you_ off, _Now_, then!

_Culch._ (_faintly_). If I thought she'd been trifling with us both
like that, I'd never -

_Podb._ She's no end of a clever girl, you know. And, after all, she
may only have wanted time to make up her mind.

_Culch._ (_violently_). I tell you _what_ she is - she's a cold-blooded
pedantic prig, and a systematic flirt! I loathe and detest a prig, but
a flirt I despise - yes, _despise_, PODBURY!

_Podb._ (_with only apparent irrelevance_). The same to you, and many
of 'em, old chap! Hullo, we're going to stop at this inn. Let's get
out and stretch our legs and have some coffee.

[_They do; on returning, they find the Italian Gentleman
smiling blandly at them from inside the_ coupé.

_The It. G._ Goodaby, dear frens, a riverderla! I success at your
chairs. I vish you a pleasure's delay!

_Podb._ But I say, look here, Sir, we're going on, and you've got our

_The It. G._ Sank you verri moch. I 'ope so. [_He blows_ PODBURY _a

_Podb._ (_with intense disgust_). How on earth are we going to get
that beggar out? Set the Conductor at him, CULCHARD, do - you can talk
the lingo best!

_Culch._ (_who has had enough of_ PODBURY _for the present_). Talk to
him yourself, my dear fellow, _I_'m not going to make a row. [_He gets

_Podb._ (_to Conductor_). Hi! sprechen sie Französisch, oder was?
_il-y-a quelque chose dans mon siège, dites-lui de_ - what the deuce is
the French for "clear out"?

_Cond._ _Montez, Monsieur, nous bartons, montez vîte alors!_

[_He thrusts PODBURY, protesting vainly, into the intérieur,
with two peasants, a priest and the elderly Englishwoman. The
diligence starts again._

* * * * *


[Illustration: Two (Covent Garden) Gentlemen of Verona!!]

[Illustration: Exit Romeo by the Rope Ladder, - a shrewd guess at what
really happens.]

_Tuesday, October 20th_. - Opening night. _Roméo et Juliette; débuts_
of Mlle. SIMMONET, of the Opera Comique, and M. COSSIRA, as the
lovers. _Lady Capulet's_ Small Dance, quite the smartest of the
season, as the Veronese nobility present were evidently remarking,
with abundance of easy gesture, to one another, as they led the way to
the lemonade. The _Juliette_ of the evening charming, and soon singing
herself into the good graces of a large audience; ditto, M. COSSIRA,
"than which," as the Prophet NICHOLAS would say, "a more competent
_Roméo_ - though perhaps a trifle full in the waist for balcony-scaling
by moonlight." If he had really trusted himself to that gossamer
ladder in the Fourth Act, he would never have got away to Mantua,
especially as _Juliette_, with the thoughtlessness of her age and sex,
omitted to secure it in any way. Fortunately it was not a long drop,
and the descent was accomplished without accident, as will be seen
from the accompanying sketch.

* * * * *

CHANGE FOR A TENOR. - Mr. SEYMOUR HADEN, the opponent of the Cremation
gospel according to THOMPSON (Sir HENRY of that ilk), should come to
an arrangement with the English Light Opera tenor, and tack COFFIN on
to his name.

* * * * *



It may be interesting at this time of the year to mention the fact
that Lord SALISBURY always uses a poker in cracking walnuts. He says
it saves the silver. The other day, whilst wielding the poker across
the walnuts and the wine, Mr. GLADSTONE chanced to look in. The
Premier, with his well-known hospitality, immediately furnished
the Right Hon. Gentleman with another poker (brought in from the

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