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MH. MANLY. LORD JOSEPH. I | LANDLORD. . MRS. MANLY. WAITERS. Scene 'H ARROGATE.

coming yes. Wait. No I master. speaking. SEVEN O CLOCK IN THE EVENING.auto (Stten OR. master of the house ? Where's the Wait. Can your honour ? Jos. HERE all house ? landlord Where the plague are the people Enter Waiter. coming. Jos. sir. and then choose to give my orders to the I am sure to be well attended. Coming. SCENE A low I. Busy with some other customers. I serve sir. but you are a con- founded long while though a coming. THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. Room in the Queen's Head t Harrogate. Enter Lord Joseph. Coming. .

I'm very state positive I'm personable man as my master. Yes. and I have observed in my late rounds a greater respect than usual was paid me.6 Wait. to you. if you little Well. though a upon me now and then. damp rooms. fellow . Servant. low. and I upon account of it. the devil's in it I can't take a I What. Shew me an upper room then. 1 expect will. enough to pass for as good This hat (taking it off and admiring it} will at any time do me credit . I shall send him sir. am but a clerk or rider. I hate those pitiful. Are you the landlord of the house ? Land. sir. fellow but let me have Sir. beg your pardon. you are welcome Jos. greatly mistaken. Jos. Certainly highest advantage. Land. Jos. DUCKS AND OREEN PEAS. sir at your service. to Harrogate. sir. there you are we don't harbour any such. and gives am it confident it was sets me off to the me an air of superior consequence. Enter Landlord. I ! ! supper got ready quickly D'ye hear ? victuals have you in the house? What . Perhaps not. your most humble servant. Jos. that are only a receptacle for every dirty ragamuffin that comes. Don't talk to me. ("aside} immediately.

might have made couple of such ducks as mine are would serve three or four reasonable gentlemen. sir? Yes as a couple. you say.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. Rot your variety. dem me. what do you mean by this ? If I have a mind to order a dozen (provided I pay for Dem them) what is it to you ? as But call to be it. you think me unreasonable. nothing. 7 such as beef. none of these are supper geese. sir. sir. you let me have a peck of green peas got ready with them. to join sir ? No What then? Why sir do you ask? Land. meat for me ! Have you any game. So. ready for spitting. No Land. but exceedingly fine fat ducks. veal. or ducks in the house ? game. mutton. do you ? you. . because because a I Jos. Land. Jos. Land. lamb-Jos. Let me have a couple got ready then directly. . sir 1 and let them be I fine and fat. only thought you a mistake. Land. something more unreasonable. can't touch them. Jos. A ! couple. then. Nay. Are there any more gentlemen your company. We have great variety. Jos. or else.

are you come to drink the Jos. I am sorry you should take it amiss. Land. I hope. However. gentry. Confound your thoughts and your seasons seasons are alike to too all me . No you ! offence. I Sir. Confound your waters ? do I look like a water drinker Land. only thought you might have come. SCENE II. to spend the season. and consequently I shall flush of pride. THE KITCHEN. beg your parexpedition. (Aside). sir shall .8 DlJCKS AND GREEN PEAS. sir3 if place. you please. don. This way. alighted flush of . Two Harry. for money the present. have them with Mercy on me a couple of ducks and a peck of peas ! for himself only he must have an enormous stomach to despatch them. fellow. Waiters. sir. I all Land. . A I'll very strange fellow this that's just warrant he's some upstart or another . waters ? ! Pray. sir . shew me a room above. like other Jos. pay him the less respect for those fine airs he gives himself. only let me desire In the you'll take care first my ducks are well seasoned.

surly. dogs have names and better usage sometimes than we have. Tom. Why. morose fellow. but uses one into the bargain. It is the moderate people. ere I would It is really surprising to attend them. there is d secret pleasure in waiting upon such. Aye. that is true. Tom. Tom. was it not for these. me that people should put themselves out of temper for mere trifles. whilst the proud.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. when a mild behaviour. Tom. Har. who speak civilly to you for what they want. and make themselves and every one about them unhappy or look. and bid adieu to the face of day. and only tolerable upon account of the perquisites . but that is hardly to be expected from such as he. such as come down handsomely are good-humoured. I would turn collier. not only gives one a great ill deal of trouble. Harry. . aye 'tis a sad life one leads amongst such. Tom. Har. Why. And so shall I 9 unless I thought he would at parting . that #re of the most generous principles . better I'll say with you. a kind word would command our respect and ready attendance a thousand times before all the most passionate actions and domineering expressions in .

some stay. But here comes our master in this genius a very pretty huff already. SCENE III. though he's a great oddity. Yet. bid the cook set a couple of the fattest ducks to the fire immediately. attend them. go and lay the cloth in the blue chamber I for (Exeunt Waiters). you are heartily wel- . has put him Enter Landlord. and help to sheel a peck of peas. sings. EIGHT O'CLOCK. Zounds! I have kept all this house many years. Har. Land. DUCKS AND GREEN PEAb. Land. till the house rings acjain. Sir. yet never was so bullied in my life before. I shall Land. Harry. And do you. Sir. with a lady and a gentleman a carriage just come to the and by the lug. Tom. gage it looks as though they were come to make Exit. and madam. Enter Mr. and Mrs. I see. tience till am yonder hasty spark. Re-enter Harry. he seems very happy . and have had the greatest variety of guests. Here. and whistles. there is door. he laughs. afraid he won't have pa- they are ready. Manly.10 the world.

DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. and a little of either would be very kitchen I think there acceptable to me. as I have not broken my fast since noon- an agreeable savour comes from your must be either a goose or ducks roasting. one person. landlord. and hath he ordered the ducks and peas for himself only ? Land. yet I to a think he can't have any objections : companion two to partake with him so we would wish you to go with our compliments to him. will . What. is the gentleman alone. . or Fie was right there. pro- vided he paid for them. there are a couple of very fine ducks at the but they are for a gentleman above stairs. Man. There is . madam fire. come to 11 Harrogate Would you choose any sort of ? refreshment after your journey Mrs. Yes. what was that to me ? Mr. landlord. You judge very right. Man. I must own his orders if I only asked him he expected more company. madam. that a gentleman and lady. and acquaint him. told me. if he had a mind to order a dozen. and I care not how quickly. Man. Yes. Land. and rather surprised me. Mrs. as 1 thought a couple of such fat ducks as mine something extravagant for when lie flew into a violent passion . just arrived.

ever. fellow. Boniface. howhis hat about J. Very well. is (Twirling This hat say. I'll wait upon him. Well. and they are incomparable things. without being like always upon the mechanic order. let me see. and value I aye. de it roll loll So far so well. sir. a horse in a mill. Joseph discovered lolling upon a Setlec. Land.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. do themselves the honour to sup with him. and excepting of which I shall have my I belly full presently Egad I ! I will live in clover to-night by Jupiter wish they were ready am pretty sharp set ! and these people are confounded tedious. this is life as long as lasts. singing. into your garden. Exeunt omnes. O here comes Mr. if he In the mean time we will take a walk pleases. account. is my supper ready yet ? .any can name. I the very thing. the bon ton as I may think I my money it well bestowed in the purit chase would not have been without above any thing upon. I can enjoy myself now. excepting ducks and green peas. SCENE Toll loll IV. (Enter Landlord).

I ordered it for it for myself. Mr. and I will have for partake of my supper. I'll take care of number one No. unmannerly fellow exit}. for your stupid complimentary message. Land. and partake of your supper. when I am inform you. Yes. they are half so hungry as I am I'll by this hat. the next room. Land. but begone. and as I pay what I order. what sort of a bed there (Goes off singing) . sir. I Sup with me. a crabbed. Zoons ! a proud ! fellow. sir but. let me be no more inter- rupted nor troubled with your impertinence. for myself. Very will not think IS I near.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. beg the favour to be permitted to join in company. no. hope you desired to me intrusive. say you? Dem me. I Zoons! should not have so if much as a rump. sir. I will admit of no interlopers. How. no. and hasten my supper. proud. sir ! No. Jupiter ! a couple too ! I thank you. quotha hold you there to indulge stopped here with a full intention my by appetite for once. ("Aside and as Jos. Let see me see. Jos. a gentleman and his lady. just alighted from their carriage. Boniface. understanding you are alone. perhaps. myself. I fancy I shall lie in is. shall no such things.

as he true. styled it. Enter Landlord. Mr. to tell and gentleman. Land. and in very rude terms no person should partake of his swore at my impertinence. Mr. landlord.14 DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. but I much better after a little supper hope and here comes the landlord. Too too . though some- thing open and wild. sealed. Man. yet it seems to be very rural and pleasant. Why. Man. and Mrs. my dear. SCENE V. Yes. Man. our message Well. Mr. but sir. Pretty be my dear . Well. is it impossible to judge of the beauties of this village from the transient view we have had of it this evening . Man. you lord really surprise me. he said supper. How well. Why. have you delivered to the sir. land- he shews but small signs of gentility by such . are you after your journey I shall ? Mrs. ill you the event of to refuse us Mr. Manly Mr. manners sure he hath not had the hath he ? Land. THE GARDEN. as we desired ? I am both sorry and ashamed it. Man.

VI. I would order part.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. I shall go. nothing else could induce me). Very afraid. I shall be no Exeunt omnes. sir. I request that she alone may be permitted to partake of his supper. I beg you will go again. 15 two too many to I But perhaps he may think be admitted to sup with him for : my own value not his ducks and peas a rush. a fresh couple for ourselves . Table with the Cloth spread. unmannerly behaviour. and inform him. I can sup upon any thing else you have in the house . but am greatly better. by Jupiter. Manly wants her supper. I think he certainly cannot be so very rude as to refuse the company of a lady to sup with him. loll Toll de roll Dem If it those fellows ! Here. SCENE A Jos. landlord don't waiter house Why the plague late in you bring up supper ? were not so the evening. and the ducks are almost ready. well. (for Therefore. Land. by the specimen he has given. but as Mrs. THE BLUE CHAMBER. and were it not for the delay. I would remove my quar- . for her sake.

send kick you up supper immediately. leave your troublesome house. Jos. I fancy. you scoundrel Confound the unmannerly fellow am ashamed to think I have such a brute in house. to Therefore I in considera- tion of the lady's condition. your pardon for tleman has sent will this . fel? low. ( Enter Landlord). he doth not mind it. I my Exit.16 DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. but . before I thought I Dem had satisfied you sufficiently you d'ye mean downright to affront or I'll me ? Either get along about your business. 'Tis just a coming up. sir. I beg second interruption the gen- me again. Land. for she is. were she the queen herself. ! not sup with me. his concern is upon her account. why the plague Jo you come empty-handed sir Where's the supper? Land. pleasure return with a hope I may have the mild and complying answer from you. . ! she should Exit. in a situation that requires some indulgence. Well. ters elsewhere. and never set my again ! For I tell you positively. to beg the favour you : admit his lady to your company and supper as to hianself. for the last time. foot in it down stairs. and I really believe he hath some reason.

and it I sir . Man. landlord. is I may judge by worse. I am sorry. my am so anxious. arid polite accomplishment. Land. landlord. you greatly *maze me. but he must be void of every generous and manly sentiment. indeed. my dear. But if here comes the landlord to satisfy us though. have you had better sucdo assure you. great uneasiness to inform you. Mrs. to refuse you. I am a gentleman of considerable for- . cess this time ? his countenance. it worse and Well. give yourself and the landlord so much you should trouble on my account I own. . dear. and shall be extremely chagrined to find you disappointed . that I 'Tis upon that very account. Quite the contrary. Mr.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. me culars. Mr. 1? SCENE VII. Mr. Manly. Why. Man. his behaviour was much more uncivil this time than gives before. I had set my mind upon having some . THE PARLOUR. for I and beg you'll excuse me mentioning partiwould not willingly shock your lady's I confess delicacy with a repetition. my dear. or you know. and Mrs. I am not otherwise particular. Man.

I should resent his beha- viour in a proper manner. I'll My don't dear. Man. Is there not a possibility to procure me strange uncivil curiosity. naturally of a cheerful disposition. my dear. I will step before and acquaint him. indeed. (which is I am confident he not). a sight of him. and always found my company acceptable I have not been used to a refuamongst the best. it may if be done. but pray. genteelly dressed. me was has a very handsome gold-laced hat on. is sir. (unseen myself). tune. Mrs. Very well. I . you go with you. Man. Pray what kind of a is man is is he ? sir. for I own his conduct hath greatly excited my I think Land. really personable. am afraid lest the gross affront . Why.18 DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. you'll stay here in the interim. and will have the opportunity. though his carriage to so surly. Yes. Mr. supper just going up. Land. and which. you follow me. Certainly be seen by him. he seems somehow to take He a deal of pride in. Mr. Man. leave the door open. sal of this nature . and did I really know the person to be any thing of a gentleman. and I think. the man is.

lolling at ease life and singing. enjoy. he is O ! be under no apprehensions of that nature. All pleasures they command. They take great state upon 'em. Where'er they are unknown. Exit with Landlord. 'Tis true they're treated with neglect Whilst they remain at home . I beg of you . Nor envy kings their crown. . Variety can never cloy. Toll loll de roll. But always meet with great respect Whene'er abroad they roam. and that would terrify me. Mr. They travel through the land . And love what's magnum bonum.DUCKS AND OREEN PEAS. Man. for. deration. 19 he hath put upon you should induce you to quarrel with him. upon proper consi- too contemptible an object for my resentment. SCENE Joseph 'Tis Riders only VIII.

ye gouty-footed drones get a horse like me. (Aside). and throw* . ( Struts this ! about and sings}. I in at the door). foundedly tedious about Land. ! my Lord Joseph is you ? Joseph Ha. it I shall be glad if proves so. and travel from place to place. I full hope you'll find it so well done. my master! (aside. am come is sir. free. to see that ail things are your supper coming up. if it going down to my supper. as make Jos. Then who would not a Rider be. (Mr. this. Man. S'blood. Sir. I shall be for Jos. as I am and sup upon ducks and green peas. ha ! Ha O! the devil. ! must ! my Jos. Sure be I am this not deceived Enters. does not. for you have been conit. clerk. To From lead a life like every care and trouble bliss? Enjoying earthly There's for yon. ye parchment-bound 'prentices^ ye hen-peck'd husbands.20 DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. amends for the delay. Mr. ha. going to do ! Enter Landlord. to Sir. Manly looking Land. ! live like kings. in order.

In the towns where I I had your business to transact. common sense What can you say Jos. as the only place of enjoying myself a I could properly do at before my return home. Man. Jos. honour indeed. No. I sincerely had the least notion it beg pardon . I I really believe. . Mr. for yourself in this respect ? Sir. to find you capable of such gross disrespect to the fair sex. I do assure you. did not expect to see you r. That when so civil a Sir. I should never have done such a thing. Sir. I am not altogether displeased you should keep up the dignity of my house in a proper way . own put up here with an intention freely. message was I little it sent. ing away his hat). and hope my accounts will entirely satisfy you upon inspection. d. but you should not have acted in so rude a manner to any one. I. I am certain you did not. I here. Man. but you have most highly offended me. whose company no man of the least or decency would refuse to accept of. or you would not have behaved in the manner you have M done. if I had but had been you or my lady. I. I always conducted myself with propriety.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. I 21 am glad to see your d.

I would always wish my riders should make an appearance to credit me when upon their journeys: it is not material to me what state they take upon them at the inns they frequent. Man. and though man hath given himself some extraordinary airs upon this occasion. (Aside and am glad exit}. I shall have some ducks and green peas yet.22 DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. Mr. Mr. your honour's service. no you shall find I resentment much quicker than you since you have provided the supper. Go and endea- vour to make peace with your mistress. I don't in the least dispute it. and I . O ! certainly no. I sir. for all they are entirely at can submit to humbler my late stately airs. sir. Man. if is. diet again. amazed Land. Man. Well. ! Mr. you seem something but I at this comical transaction. you shall absolutely sit down with us. Man. come up I stairs to supper. I hope you will have no objection to your mistress and me partaking of your ducks and green peas now ? Jos. a very laughable affair. Mr. and desire her to Jos. landlord. on the whole. No. can bury raised it . it's no worse by Jupiter. provided they are just and punctual their return in their accounts this on home . Truly. my Joseph. I can't say am.

He is. traveller to the is no other than clerk and and lady gentleman whom he refused to sup with him. Man. I shall attend her there. the finest. joke I ever enjoyed this pretty my I life Who tell . ? spark turns out to be can't Har. strutting. blustering. d'ye think. 2$ fancy Lord Joseph with his ducks and green peas will be long remembered here. notwithstanding. . a very valuable servant. ( Exeunt with Landlord}. and I have ever found him ings with therefore.DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS. Sir. Nay. the lady begs to be excused . liar. Enter Tom. ducks and green peas genius. strictly honest and diligent in his deal- me and my numerous I shall excuse his this time. correspondents] rather uncommonly rude behaviour for Enter Harry. Right this incomparable. that is but I have a shrewd guess he posed him. hec- toring. coming is up but desires your company below supper on the table. no better than we both sup- Tom. Well. Tom. Mr. ha. ha in ! upon my ! soul. Harry. Ha.

Well. the Newcastle Rider. Tom. True Ha. ha. from the highest pinnacle of grandeur. this mighty hero is dwindled into plain Joe. ha ! . I thought as much but Who the deuce ? would ever trust appearances again after this I can't help laughing to think how.24. Har. DUCKS AND GREEN PEAS.

Will tell you 't will rain by the skies .THE NEWCASTLE A TALE. And yet they never truly know . MEN'S minds. just to a tittle. They . and likewise their opinions. or black. ere an hour passes over. frost. and some are little : Some oblong are. and some are round With different fancies men abound. for a certainty declare And The day is likely to prove fair. But only. when they rise. Or calm. for the sake of talk. or windy. RIDER. Because they're red. or blue. Some in the morning. They other sentiments discover. others' expectations balk. or snow. . They guess their changes by their hue Yet. For some are great. Are various as the size of onions : Compared they suit.

To transact business up and down. There a wealthy thriving town. These Riders are' well known for smarts. are ordain'd by fate. By masters or superiors paid. late. Some others. And chiefly pitch'd on for their parts . is Whose name. Which long has As all things There liv'd stood enroil'd in fame. menial slaves in trade. my I'll shew. To talk of trade with different men . An In instance. (tho' young) And volubility of tongue. and a true one too. And doth upon the borders stand Newcastle upon Tyne's the name. I'm JOSEPH BOOTH : He really to was a gallant spark. To tradesmen and to merchants known. . within this town of A sprightly enterprising youth.26 THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. Will (when they can) transform their shape. And His Rider one 'Squire C SON Clerk too. . As health and sense enough. from town to town. 'Tis seated in Northumberland. told. And gentlemen of fashion ape succeeding tale is . Likewise a quick command of pen.

THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. A little money should be In certain necessaries needful. Which shews that Joseph was grown heedful That he might good appearance make. forgot. drew . sirs. gold-lac'd nab to public view . He gave his nag a gentle switch. For credit and his master's sake. before he went. And threw his old hat in the ditch Then from His his great coat lining . our friend Joseph must be gone. it matters not . 27 When And travel Where His trade and money may be found visit. and that a new jemmy. his half-yearly round. The time at length again comes on. . To fear no jeering friend's reproof. What things they were we have And truly. We Was only know of one. spent. gold-lac'd hat : But Joseph would not have this known. And so he travell'd out of town Some way But when before he put it on. he'd gotten far enough. master's correspondents orders fresh from And them solicit : Yet was resolv'd.

Order'd his horse both corn and hay. When he arriv'd at Harrogate So thought he would stay there that night. they will not do! else. Joseph bent his traveling slowly. . Whilst Landlord did his orders wait. pass over. And to the kitchen bent his way . weeks. very crisis By To But bringing Joseph nearer home. And " I took upon himself some state. it He view'd o'er Then fiercely clapt and o'er with pleasure. From Leeds. it on his head. discover. was late . And at the Queen's Head did alight. A Or fat ones too. Knaresbro'. Sir.28 THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. about noon time of day. A room above here quickly show. and months. " Then hark ye get me DUCKS and PEAS. And as he rode along at leisure. it way . and stars. And That look'd a deal worse taught than fed. my . sure that be neatly done. What can have ?" what you please. hate these let dampy rooms below it And Be me have some I supper soon. let Now And days. couple! yes. better scenes to the we may come.

the gentleman alone?" 3 . let me have it soon. The lady <e to the landlord said. from whence there came A gentleman and lovely dame. fire ? . pray ye. To ope' the door. the landlord said fire are laid. . fire. spoil'd: Set them directly to the fire. I I have not broke is my fast since noon. The gentleman within the house. Two And ducks before the you're right. wish some supper could be had And. 29 And let a peck of peas be Or otherwise my supper's boil'd." Madam. there indeed he is would be shown. peas are boiling on the Both which a Gemman we did desire his supper. the landlord quit the room. Pray what roasting at your Some such It thing I should desire must be goose or duck I smell. A chariot Which made to the door did come. . Should be got ready for Who's For in a room call an upper . And either would content me well." all shall be as Sir. Directly handed then his spouse. you desire.THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. 'What.

" Up And " Sir. But hope you will not think fair. Tell him two strangers. is a merry man I'll swear . if you please. They'll sup upon your ducks and peas. And perhaps we do not know him. else To something tho* I'm more inclin'd . Their compliments unto you pay. O ! landlord. stairs then straight the landlord went. . in a civil way . struts about. me. sir. to the ground I his body bent. toll loll And He " and laughs.30 THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. I'm afraid do intrude. he came single here. Send him their compliments by you. Pray go you with our service to him. Like other travellers benighted. and talks. To let their company be join'd To yours. good sir and. For company and friendship's sake. And will themselves the honour Of his good supper to partake. just alighted. me rude j A gentleman and lady Who By are but just arrived here. do. Yes. Sings and ders as he walks. mailam. as to that ne'er mind. And humbly hope you'll be so kind." .

But hope some favour he will show> And tell him I shall Accept the company of my bride. and swore He As ne'er was served so before: to himself he did not mind.THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. go again. So void of The gentleman was vex'd. landlord. And Joseph's answer did declare. it But to " So bis wife was unkind. So get you gone Why do you stay ?" Thus he concluded with a frown . And what I call for I shall pay . With equal wonder. way : am not such a simple order* d supper for myself. To their request so complaisant He must both sense and reason want : A gentleman he could not be. no such thing 1 I so go your elf. do you say ? No. The ladies should not be denied/' . (Altho' to send you gives me pain) sup below. ! Away the landlord trundled down. who the devil Could send an answer so uncivil. ! sir. " How ! join with me. pray ye. all civility. Which made them at each other stare.

! . And And " told them what Lord Joseph said. to sup alone !" Away the landlord came again. At he raged. And tho* he knew 'twould give them His answer he before them laid.32 THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. "Why. what you say doth me surprise. if you can. tell me. Told him the message that was sent. could wish with mine own eyes . and swore He'd kick the landlord to the door. And had a longing this request in her crupper. " Poltroon begone your teazing cease Let me enjoy my ducks and peas . pain. And hop'd his answer would be mild. And I and wears a gold-lac'd hat. For what he'd order'd for his supper. the landlord went. landlord. This made them wonder more and more. Were she the I am resolv'd queen. Pray. sir. you senseless clown. as sure as you stand . Accordingly. A gentleman he doth A jolly-looking man Well drest. appear not fat. Perhaps the lady was with child. vex'd them worse than all before. there. What kind of person is this man ?" Why.

" stairs Up The they went. privately and out of sight. Guess. The more to honour 'Squire Booth. The gentleman did Joseph view . you're right. The table near the fire he drew. his own Clerk. strutting. 'Cause he'd nought else to do or say. reader. it To lay the cloth and spread smooth . and said no more* landlord open set the door. Who. guess the great surprise filled 'Squire C son's eyes. such a noble piece of fun* I own. come. like a sprite. and refuse all To With such That company which would choose. his hat beneath the bed.THE NEWCASTLE RIDER. Joseph. you did me vex. He Off went put poor Joseph in a fright . That In straight he rush'd. When this same toll-de-rolling spark He found was Joseph. indeed. and. I'm not displeas'd at what you've done. toll de roll'd away. ! His face grew pale his mirth was fled " Come. this very night. To But see this man. . hear you treat the other sex ill-manners. said he> To It's uphold my house's dignity .

Proud and august as man e'er sa\v. 'Tis proper you should stuff your hide. The waiters laugh'd to find it so." . And we three will together sup. What say you ?". Joseph.34> THE NEWCASTLE KIDEK. For Toll-de-roll is now plain Joe. if you please. Thus for to grace dramatic glory. Not over much to Joseph's glory. I do declare. Since you the supper did provide. Apologies you need not make. no. You shall sit down and have your share. You may have all the ducks and peas. " No. And that alone will crown the joke. Stage-hero struts in borrow'd giory. sir. Then ends his empire in a stanza ! .Y-e-s. I hope we now shall both partake Of this good supper you've bespoke. Joseph obey'd. Go tell your mistress to come up. and up she came The landlord thought it pleasant game So down he went and told the story.

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