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There are (this will_infest many of your High_Church friends) in ROME AND RAMSBOTHAM.
Rome, now, several English Clergymen of the Ulster-riddle party, DEAR MR. PUNCH,
who have asked for a decision on the question of the rightfulidity (I NOTHING bas perspired since my last, and so as a means of think that's it) of their orders. I met one of them the other day amusement and destruction, I have been getting my niece JULIA to and had a long barley
with him on divers subjects, in which I had the read to me the history of the earliest Consuls of the
Church. For the best of it; for I pointed out
to him that if this was resided against him benefit of your readers I have made some notes while Julia was doing and his party, he must leave the Protestant immunity and adopt the this , which I will send to you, adding them to the present
letter, in be, after all, only to escape Silly
and fall into Cribbage." He seemed
Which," I said depressively, “would which I must, however, first dilute upon what is going on here. By the way, in my last I made some illusions to what the Riddle much
struck, and went away: 'I have not seen him again. I showed Commission is doing at home. I do hope, even if they touch the this worthy clergyman (from my notes on JULIA’s reading) what great Dictionary, that they'll let alone the Colics. It seems to me they are deferences
there were between
us and the Romans. sapling the pillows of the great cambric of truth. But to return.
First.-I remonstrated to him that the Roman Candlesticks accept The Economical Consul is still the centaur of detraction here, and many more books than we do as comical. To which he replied, " that will be for some time. The Consul of Trent sat for nearly eighteen there was no cannon at all until after the respiration of three how stiff they must have been !
sentries," which seemed to me to be evading the subject we were disyears; The rule is that so many are set down to speak, but they stand up, gusting, and so I told him. He couldn't answer me, when I asked
him, and speak without being set down. A Carnaval subsides in the chair, point bank, how he could ever think of joining a Church which and rings a bell when he doesn't want anything, at least so I'm told! accepted the two books of Molasses as comical? He was dumbThis Carnaval, I fancy, is a Delicate-a-latterly. There
will be concus. foundled,
fellow, he was sions on the Pope's Syllabub and Bicycle-quite * wheels within 80 afflicted, but I couldn't help following
up my attack. wheels,” as the prophet says.
“What !” said I, from my bysterical notes on JULIA's reading, CARNAVAL
BARNABY is appointed chief of the Commissaries sitting "Mr. Dorts, would you stupefy the acts of your four fathers? Those on Rides and Cemeteries : he is instead of another
Carnaval who is poble Englishmen who, during the last General Consal held at Trent disappointed.
in the Saveloy, preached the Glorious Defamation, and who with Every day there is a great elastic fungus to be seen in some church MARTHA LUTHER (after whom the Luther Arcade in London, was or another,
and on certain state occasions there are deceptions at the called), GALVIN (the discoverer of galvinism and other eccentricities; Vacuum.
we owe the eccentric telegraph to him), CRAMMER, Archbishop of An eminent Dilatory, Roman Candlestick of course, has been telling Canonbury, RIDLEMER and
LATTERLY, and with other noble perme a great many things about their doctorings and cemeteries that formers were either developed in flames,
or_managed to extinguish I didn't know before: for instance, the Pope alone can grant indul- themselves nobly in the clause of truth ? He was quite overcome, gences, but he can't indulge himself without the permission of his and so was I by my exertion. I give you the account in Colenso, as Confectioner, for he goes to confection regularly, and oftener, like the the saying is, and remain, Yours sincerely, poorest of them, and has to perform his pennants just the same. Also, they have seven Orders, where English Protestants have only
LAVINIA RAMSBOTHAM, Junior. three. Their orders are Bishops, Priests, Beacons, Exhausters (these are preachers, I suppose), Ostriches (same as our pew-openers, only men), Aconites (who hold candles), and Lictors. I think I've got 'em
THE NEW MANCHESTER-SCHOOL-MASTERS. all correct, though I only
quoit from memory. Then there are also CAWLEY! CHARLEY? Say which should be head, the Mannikin Orders, but these are Monks and Fires. You recollect
By virtue of vacancy and verbosity, the "Fire of Orders Grey ?" That's it. There are various officious Of ancient “ Protection's” adherents, new led people connected with the Elastic State to whom one gets accus
To defeat, 'neath the banner of “ Reciprocity" ? tomed in Rome, if you decide here for any time.
The Interior Clergy are divided into two glasses-the Regular (which CAWLEY, methinks, recalls wisdom that bawleth,
Shrill on the house-tops, regarded of none; Sickly Clergy, do the Parish work, and can live how they like; some And CHARLEY the ancient watchman recalleth, live together in Immunities like the Omelettes of Sam CHARLES, or the
Good to snore, or at most, spring his rattle, and run ! Oratorios, of HANDEL I thought, until I heard they were SAM PHIPPS's Oratorios. There are also the Knights Tumblers, and the Knights of Mortar,
THE FLORID STYLE. both millinery orders. There are Holy Fires of all sorts of colours, and I must not omit the Fires Minims with their peculiar crotchets, though Is it vulgar to use the word "flowers” when you are speaking or all hold the same tenants.
writing about them? Must they only be indicated, not actually menThe Monks live in Monstrosities; and the Nuns are clustered. They tioned, as was once the case with trousers ? It would seem so, from a are all very good people in their way, specially the Scissors of Charity, correspondence which has been published on the subject of the money who attend the poor and the sick, and do everything “ Connemara," as to be spent this year on flowers in the Parks. There are only two the Irish
say. So, too, do the Scissors of Mersey, from Liverpool, I letters, and both together hardly make a dozen lines, yet in this little believe. Most of these aforesaid take oaths, but a great many don't space we find the gentleman who writes to MR. AYRTON turning the take their oaths to anything.
phrases—“the sums annually devoted to floral purposes in Victoria The music in the Roman churches in general is not of the flurried and Battersea Parks," and "the floral attractions of these popular Italian, but most depressive. I don't like Gregarious Chance myself, places of resort;” and the gentleman who replies, by direction of MR. as a rule, but sometimes they are very fine. Women's voices you AYRTON, using, what is perhaps a still more elegant expression, "the don't hear here, but only those of male canisters, generally boys and floral arrangements in Battersea and Victoria Parks."
We cannot help regretting that the trees and shrubs could not have The Pope's confident, I am told, is Aunt O'Nelly, I can't help been introduced into the correspondence, because of the fine opportunity fancying that I must have got this name wrong, as I also hear that the writers would have had of speaking of “arboricultural purposes, AUNT ÖNELLY is not only an Italian (which the name isn't), but also and "arboricultural attractions," and "arboricultural arrangements. a Carnaval and a Beacon. This is very curious, but everything is full of such mistress here, that one is at one's wits ends to lather to the bottom of all one hears. When I know more of this, I'll tell you.
The Same Men, Other Minds. I am promised an introduction to FATHER SICKY, who is the Great Astonisher here, as MR. HIND is at home. FATHER SICKY has a THE RIGHT HONOURABLE W. E. FORSTER, in his Bradford speech, Conservatory ever so high up, and a magnificent stethescope for
what pursuing JOHN BRIGHT's 'bus and cab metaphor, said that he had a 'my niece's husband calls Sky-entific matters. He has got a machine great respect for "crawlers." "He had driven a crawler himself for stopping the earth's motion. FATHER SICKY (not a nice name) in his time.” W. E. FORSTER driving a crawler! That must have is spoken of bere with much reference as the Great Astonisher, because been when JOHN BRIGHT did not object to driving six 'busses abreast of his star-telling denouncements.
at Temple, or any other, Bar ! I think it is this latter gentleman who has the derangement of the Roman Cullender, where there are Saints for every day in the year,
IRRECONCILEABLE OPPOSITION. and every other one as well. The Cullender (there is a CARNAVAL Cullen, of Ireland, but I don't think he has anything to do with this), French Government is remarkable. The
moment the latter ceased to
THE consistency in antagonism of the low French Press to the in Rome is the same as ours in England, being divided into four quarters, only that there is here another quarter, called the Jews' be personal, the former began. Quarter, but that's in Rome I mean, not in the Cullender. The Cullender, as one whole, is cleverly put together.
THE BEST PLACE FOR A POLICE-OFFICE.-Beak Street.
Isn't IT, UNCLE
“EVIL COMMUNICATIONS," &c. Elder of Twins. “It's VERY VULGAR TO SAY "YOU BE BLOWED' TO EACH OTHER, LIKE THOSE MEN DO. FRED ?"
Uncle Fred. “I BELIEVE IT IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED SO, MY DEAR !”.
And if thy flowers were flowers of gold,
So innocent none grew from Temple mould, None so enriched, yet cumbered not, the ground. How oft, when Autumn daylight in the West Was blended with the City's Iurid flare,
Pale cheeks and aching brows thy flowers have blest,
That breathed a breath of Nature and her rest, On brains o'er-wearied with law's cark and care. Farewell to thee, kind, honest, old Sam BROOME, In boutons d'or above thee bloom the mould
No London smoke distress thee in the tomb,
And whoso'er i' the Temple fills thy room, May the new Broom sweep clean as did the old.
A BLESSING ON AN OLD BROOME. “SAMUEL BROOME, for forty years Gardener to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, whose Annual Chrysanthemum Show was one of the sights of London, and who, in their culture, gave such valuable testimony to the effects of LORD PALMERSTON'S Smoke Act, is dead, at a ripe old age. He lived respected, and he died happy."-Obituary of the Day.
Poor old BROOME, art thou gone! and shall we hear
O'er the Chrysanthemums that were so dear
Unto thy honest heart, as, year by year,
The stagnant, stifling, smoke-clouds, that made dim,
The Temple of the law, and on Thames brim,
Chimney-shafts ceased from sooty months to teem
The blacks, that turned to griminess the gleam
Pleased to see pleas'd crowds round thy pompons bow,
Children, maids, barristers of parchment brow,
GETTING ON. “ Church of St. Paul, Lorrimore Square, Walworth. Dedication Festival. The Rev. A. H. MACHONOCHIE will preach this (Monday) Evening, at eight o'clock. Procession after the Sermon."
INCUMBENTS of Scenic Churches must be careful what they are doing, and how they advertise " Processions" and such like spectacles, or the LORD CHAMBERLAIN may treat them as Theatrical Managers, and exercise supervision over their little arrangements. They have so long been unaccustomed to any control, Episcopal or otherwise, that even the mild authority of the LORD CHAMBERLAIN might be felt disagreeably oppressive.
A VULGAR ERROR CORRECTED.-The assertion so frequently made, that it is impossible to arrest the flight of time, is altogether erroneous, for who is there that cannot stop a minute ?
MR. GLADSTONE (THE "CHEF"). "IRISH STEW FIRST, MRS. B., AND THEN —"
MRS. BRIGHT (THE Cook). “LOR BLESS YOU, MR. G., THE IRISH STEW 'S QUITE AS MUCH AS THEY'LL GET THROUGH, I'LL BE BOUND!”
hat. This is an awful outrage, and leaves its owner, looking after EVENINGS FROM HOME.
the destroyer of his nap, scowling and caressing the hat with his
elbow, and growling out something about“ He wishes people would, BRAVO, MONSIEUR HERVÉ! and also bravo MESSIEURS MANSELL! A
Sc., &c.”)--pardon-(catches in lady's dress)—a thousand parmost plucky attempt to show London what an opéra bouffe is like with
dons-(to a lady's cloak which, being caught in the buttons of out SCHNEIDER and Dupuis to sing and play, and M. JACQUES OFFEN
his tails by its fringe, he has dragged along with him-owner, Bach to compose the music. And, Gentlemen, take it on the whole, a
an elderly lady, four stalls off, is under the impression it's a nei success, but an exceptional success, which is no precedent for the
dodge of the Swell Mob.) Ät last he arrives, and sits down with future, mind you; for the introduction of Le Petit Faust, which is in
a satisfied air, as much as to say, "Now then, we'll see what's contemplation, we believe, will require great care and caution on the
going on," which he can't, because he suddenly discovers that part of the management. Much will be excused M. HERVÉ at present,
he's dropped his bill. Says "bother !” to himself, and tries to because the British Public (we knew a horrid, uppatriotic cynic who
look over his neighbour's programme. Neighbour surly. Cheerful chose to substitute u for i in the first syllable of " British” when talking
man recognises friends and nods, as if assuring them of his own of these matters) doesn't as yet quite understand what it all means
safety, and of the gratification that they must feel on having but if Chilpéric had been an English work, it wouldn't, with its present
been seen by him. libretto, with its absence of plot, and acted as it now is, have stood a
Lounger (to a Friend, after hearing M. Marius for some time). What's week's chance with aforesaid playgoing British Public.
Chilpéric is admirably mounted, and is certainly the nearest approach Cynical Friend. Don't know. to the genuine opéra bouffe of Paris that we have yet seen done into
Lounger (after hearing M. Hervé in the Second Act). What's he say? English. La Grande Duchesse, in English, at Covent Garden was a mistake : it was Tom Thumb in Blunderbore's hall; but Chilpéric at the of the libretto, one doesn't lose anything
Cynical Friend. Don't know. But judging from what we have heard Lyceum is the right play in the right place. The mise-en-scène is admirable. The whole thing is brilliant throughout, as far as scenery and Ah! What's it all about? (He asks this in the First Scene of Act III.)
Lounger (smiles with a vague feeling that something deep is meant). costumes go; but the music-"la musique avant tout,” as M. HERVÉ,
Cynical Friend (referring to Programme). Chilperic, I believe. we are sure, would say-is not, to our thinking, up to that of l'Eil
Lounger (under the impression he is being chaffed). Thank you. Crévé, which still remains, from a catchy-tuneful point (the essence of Judicious Person (behind Cheerful one). HERVÉ 's like what FECHTER this class of entertainment), the chief of M. HÉRVÉ's works.
must have been in his first stage of English, eh? Until you reach the grand finale of the opera—that is, until you have
Cheerful Friend. Yes. FECHTER thinned, and set to music. heard it almost up to the end, there is not one air which, on a first Judicious Person. If HERVÉ and MARIUS would only speak slower, hearing (" Then hear it twice,” MESSRS. MANSELL will reply) makes one could understand them. the public head wag, the hand beat time, and the foot irresistibly move Amateur (to Critic). They manage their voices well, don't they ! to the "go” of the music. This is reserved for the finale, which is,
Critic (sarcastically). Their what? (Amateur is abashed. Critic simply, a very effective waltz, and which, by the way, was some years dogmatises graciously) Miss Muir is a very good contralto for this since arranged by MR. MUSGRAVE, and rendered more funnily and theatre. The little lady from the Conservatoire sings very nicely, and effectively than in Chilperic, as the finale to the burlesque of Paris at so does the Druidess. the Strand. Commend us to MONSIEUR MARIUS. Now, here is one of those loightful. (Applauds vehemently with her fan.) I could see it every
Irish Lady (to two of her party). Be my faith now, I think it desinging young
gentlemen of whom we have not the like in England, night in the week, and oftener. What do you think, SIR THOMAS ? and whose place in burlesque is invariably filled by some vivacious Sir Thomas. Well-yes-1-the ballet's good. (I'he Cançan is nou actress. We haven't got a young man on the stage who can take either going on, end of Act II., in which all join.) M. HERVÉ's place or that of M. MARIUS—that is, a fair tenor who is also a comic actor-more of a "droll” than a comedian. The counter- the Cançan, and finds them.). Sure I think it classic and volupshus.
Irish Lady. Good !!! (Pauses for words to express the admiration of part of M. MARIUS is common in France and Italy: he has no exist. (Settles SIẢ THOMAS.) ence here except disguised as the “The Great VANCE," or some other End of Act II. Vociferous applause for the dance. [N.B. Cançan spiritdistinguished "Champion Comic.” We trust that, as Mr. Tom Taylor's play of Axe and Crown at the Queen's may inaugurate the
edly danced ; no vulgarity. M. HERVÉ is a wonderful man, author, Historical at the expense of the Hysterical Drama, so Chilpéric at the composer, actor, singer, dancer.] Calls for HARVEY, HERVY, Lyceum may incite some of our mute, inglorious Offenbachs and
Marry'us,”. Sc. Enter before the Curtain all the principal ChaHervés to come to the front, and that the example set in this new
racters. Calls continued. Enter before the curtain THE ENTIRE venture of doing things well may be sufficiently successful, commer
BALLET. Calls continued. Enter all the “Extra LADIES”
appacially, to “encourage the performance” in the future.
rently. Roars of laughter. Calls discontinued. (Fact.) One word as to the Orchestra. Capital and conducted by MR. Lounger (who has been an habitué of the Theatres for years). Well, I MUSGRAVE, himself a composer of two successful English opéras bouffes, never saw that before in any theatre. If they'd gone on calling, I of no great pretension, it is true, but full of tune, musical fun, and the suppose we'd have had out the “ supers” next, and then the cartrue spirit of burlesque. The ballet is pretty and intelligent : they can penters, and then the stage-door keeper. What a pity they forgot the not only dance in time, but sing well in tune. By "the ballet”
Chorus. specially mean King Chilperic's Pages.
Inane Person (coming out of his Stall). Charming! isn't it? So We subjoin, as is our wont, our own peculiar dramatic notice of “on Parisian! and off” the stage; and we could not help noticing that many a hint
Lounger. H'm! Have you seen this in Paris, eh? came from amateurs and dilletanti, which M. HERVÉ might perhaps Inane Person. In Paris? No-at least—that is-(makes up his mind have heard without pleasure, but on which he would, probably, have to tell the truth and escape.). No. (Escapes.) acted after calm reflection. Wishing the enterprise all success, we take
Country Visitor (in Pit). So that's MARIUS, is it? Well, I've often our seat in the stalls.
heard talk of him singing at Covent Garden, and I'm glad I've seen
him, though he don't look his age. I s'pose that's Italian he's talking. IN THE THEATRE.
(Lives for the rest of his life under the firm conviction that he has heard SCENE.—Entrance to Stalls ; then the Stalls.
the great MARIO in “ Chilperic.") Officious Stall-keeper (hands programme, which Cheerful Gentleman,
Last Act. Charming Finale. who has come in late, accepts). Take your coat, Sir ? (Takes his coat,
Lounger (to Friend in Lobby). Yes : something novel about it. Sir, and gives him numbered ticket, Sir)—and hat, Sir?
Cheerful Friend. There are no tunes that one can take away, except Cheerful Gentleman (as if he'd rather part with his life than this, the last.
[Begins humming it. answers fiercely). No.
Cynical Person (stopping him). And for goodness' sake don't rob [Is about to enter Stalls, under the impression that he can walk at them of that. once to his. Suddenly finds himself between the Opéra bouffe in
Critic. I've got a notion for a serious opera. I'd cast it with full sing, which has just commenced, and crowded Stalls, all in- FECHTER, BANDMANN, HERR FORMES, MARIUS, HERVÉ, MADAME tent on the performance- Foresees a difficulty.
CELESTE, and STELLA COLAS, and if I could only get SCHNEIDER to Officious Boxkeeper (pointing out the Stall, middle of middle row, which go in for a course of English before breakfast, wouldn't it draw? Cheerful Gentleman has selected a week ago as the best place in the house.) Allons to Paddr's and high art.
[Ereunt omnes. There it is, Sir. Take for the programme, Sir?
Cheerful Gentleman (with unobtrusive humour, as the question is put to him in this form) No, thank you.
A Stronger Way of Putting It. [Stall-keeper nonplussed, offers book of the piece, which is politely refused., Cheerful man begins to fly from Stall-keeper over toes,
WRITING from Rome, a Correspondent states thatand amid the somethings, not loud but deep, to his Stall in the
“The principle of the Pope's temporal power is to be asserted by a canon." middle. As he goes along sideways, like a crab, he mutters to gen This may be very well, but it strikes us that the principle of any tlemen and ladies-Beg pardon—(toes)—beg pardon-(kicks a) temporal power might be far more forcibly asserted by a cannon.