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Mr. Paul Pry in the Character of Mr. Liston.

“ Just popp'd in, you know !"


if I was in business! I wish to acquaint

every body, that I am not in business, and from

never was in business, though I've a deal PAUL PRY.

of business to do; but then it's for my

own amusement, and that's nobody's To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. business, you know—as I also told 'em. Sir,

They say it's impossible to describe the I hope I don't intrude — I have contents of the book, but that all the parcalled at Ludgate-hill a great many ticulars are in the Index ; that's just what times to see you, and made many kind I wanted; but behold! it is “not outinquiries, but I am always informed you that is, it is not in—I mean not in the are “ dot at home;" and what's worse, I book-you take. Excuse my humorsomenever can learn when you'll be“ at home;" ness: I only wish to know when I can I'm constantly told, “ it's very uncertain." get it ? They say in a few days, but, bless This looks very odd; I don't think it you, I don't believe 'em; for though I let correct. Then again, on asking your 'em know I've a world of things to compeople what the Every-Day Book is all municate to you, when you've time to see about? they say it's about every thing; me, and let me ask you a few questions, but that you know is no answer is it? they won't credit me, and why should Í I want something more than that. When credit themI was not born yesterday, I tell 'em so, and that I'm so much en- I assure you. I'm of a very ancient gaged I haven't time to read, they say the stock, and I've some notion you and I book is as useful to people engaged in are kinsmen-don't you think we are ? business as to people out of business-as I dare say there's a likeness, for I'm sure

we are of the same disposition ; if you again, I'll be-Liston! They shall be are n't, how can you find out so much matched, however, if you'll help me. I've “ about every thing.” If I can make out copied out my song, and if you'll print it that you are one of the Pry family, it will in the Every-Day Book, it will drive 'em be mutually agreeable-won't it? How mad. I wish, of all things, that Mr. people will stare—won't they?

Cruikshank could see me in the character I suppose you've heard how I've been of Liston—he could hit me I know-don't used by Mr. Liston-my private charac- you think he could ?-just as I am, ter exposed on the public stage, and the « quite correct”—like he did “Guy Faux" whole town roaring at the whole of the last 5th of November. I never laughed Pry family. But we are neither to be so much in all my life as when I saw that. cried down nor laughed down, and so I'd Bless you, I can mimic Liston all to have let the play-goers know if the managers nothing. Do get your friend George to had allowed me to sing a song on New- your house some day-any day he likesyear's night, in imitation of Mr. Liston it's all one to me, for I call every day ; when he's a playing me. Will you be- and as I'm an every-day" man, you lieve it—they burst out a laughing, and know, why you might pop me at the head would not let me go on the boards--they of the song in your Every-Day Booksaid the audience would suppose me to be that's a joke you know I can't help the actor himself; what harm would that laughing—so droll! I've enclosed the have done the theatre ?-can you tell ? song, you see. They said, it would hurt Mr. Liston's feelings-never considering my feelings ! [The wish of this correspondent is complied with,

and the manner wherein, it is presumed, he would If ever I try to serve them or their theatre

have sung the song, is hinted at parenthetically.]

Intended to have been sung by him at the Theatre,
In the Character of MR. LISTON,


TUNE Mr. Liston's.

(Pryingly.) I hope I don't intrude !--
(Fearfully.) I thought I heard a cough-
(Apologetically.) I hope I am not rude-
(Confidentially.) I say—the Year's going off!

(Inquisitively.) Where can he be going to ?
(Ruminatively.) Its very odd !-its serious !
(Self-satisfactively.) I'm rather knowing too!
(Insinuatively.) But isn't it mysterious ?

(Comfortably.) 'Twas better than the other
(Informingly.) The one that went before;-
(Consolingly.) But then there'll be another-
(Delightedly.) And that's one comfort more!

(Alarmedly.) I'm half afraid he's gone !
(Kindlily.) Must part with the old fellow!
(Hastily.) Excuse me I must run-(Exit.)
(Returns.) Forgot my umbrella.

(Determinedly.) I'll watch the new one though,
Circumspectly.) And see what he'll be at-(Exit.)
Returns) Beg pardon--did'nt bow-(Bows and exit.)
ČReturns.) Bid pardon-left my hat.

(Lingeringly.) It's always the wish of Paul,
Seriously.) To be quite correct and right
(Respectfully.) Ladies and gentlemen all-
(Retreatingly.) I wish you very good night!
(Recollectively.) And-ladies and gentlemen-alls!
(Interjectively.) You laugh so much, I declare
(Veredly.) I'm not Mr. Liston I'm Paul!-
(Lastly.) I wish you a happy New Year!Exit finally.)


If you print this in the Every-Day the occasion described in the subjoined Book it will send Liston into fits-it will communication. kill him-won't it? But you know that's

For the Every-Day Book. all right—if he takes me off I've a right to take him off-haven't I? I say, that's another joke-isn't it?

Bless you ! This festival, so called, is supposed to co'd do as good as that for ever. But I be nearly coeval with the establishment want to see you, and ask you how you go of Christianity in this island. Every on ? and I've lots of intelligence for you new church that was founded was dedi. - such things as never were known in cated to some peculiar saint, and was this world-all true, and on the very best naturally followed by a public religious authority, you may take my word for it. celebration, generally on the day of that Several of my relations have sent you saint, or on the Sunday immediately folbudgets. Though they know you won't lowing. Whatever might be the origin, publish their names unless they like it, the festival part is still observed in most they don't choose to sign 'em to of the villages of several of the midland their letters for private reasons-why and other counties. It is a season much don't you print 'em? They cann't give up to be remembered, and is anticipated their authors you know, (that's impossi- with no little pleasure by the expecting ble,) but what does that signify? And villagers. The joyful note of preparation then you give 'em so much trouble to call is given during the preceding week; and and make inquiries—not that they care the clash, and splash, and bustle of about that, but it looks so. However, I'm cleansing, and whitewashing, and dustin a great hurry and so you'll excuse me. ing, is to be seen and heard in almost -Mind though I shall pop in every day every cottage. Nor is the still more imtill I catch you. I hope you'll print the portant object of laying in a good solid song—its all my own writing, it will do supply for a hungry host of visitors forfor Liston, depend on it. What a joke gotten. Happy those who can command isn't it a good one ?

å ham for the occasion. This is a great Pryory Place,

Yours eternally, favourite, as it is a cut-and-come-again January 6, 1826. PAUL PRY. dish, ready at hand at all times. But this P. S. Don't forget the Index-I want but can boast of a substantial plum

is mostly with the tip-topping part. Few to learn all the particulars-multum in pudding SAnd now the important day parvo-all quite correct. P.S. I'm told you've eleven children— steeple announce the event; and groups

is arrived. The merry bells from the is it true? What day, shall you have an- of friends and relations, not forgetting other? - to-day? Twelfth-day? that distant cousins and children, are seen would be a joke-wouldn't

it? I hope I making their way, long before the hour don't intrude. I don't wish to seem

of dinner, to the appointed spot. This is curious.

Sunday; and in the afternoon a portion

of these strangers, clean and neatly NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

dressed, are seen flocking to the village Mean Temperature.

36. 07.

church, where the elevated band in the

gallery, in great force both in noise and Jamuary 11.

number, contribute lustily to their edifi5* « Feast Week.

cation, and the clergyman endeavours to

improve the solemnity of the occasion by ? This is a term in many parts of Eng- an appropriate address. During the land for an annual festivity celebrated on early part of the ensuing week, the feast


is kept up with much spirit: the village NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. presents a holiday appearance, and open- Mean Temperature . 35. 62. housekeeping, as far as may be, is the order of the day; the bells at intervals

January 12. send forth an enlivening peal; all work

Leeches unhurt by Frost. is nearly suspended; gay stalls of gingerbread and fruit, according to the season

Among the cold blooded animals which of the year, together with swings and resist the effects of a low temperature, roundabouts, spread out their allurements we may reckon the common leech, which to the children; bowls, quoits, and nine- is otherwise interesting to the meteorolopins, for the men; and the merry dance in gist, on account of its peculiar habits and the evening, for the lasses. Fresh visitors movements under different states of the keep dropping in; and almost all who atmosphere. A group of these animals can make any excuse of acquaintance are

left accidentally in a closet without a fire, acknowledged, and are hospitably enter- during the frost of 1816, not only surtained, according to the means of their vived, but appeared to suffer' no injury village friends. As the week advances, from being locked up in a mass of ice for these means gradually diminish; and as many days.* an empty house has few attractions, by the end of the week the bustle ceases, and all is still and silent, as if it had

Certain rewards allowed by act of never been.

parliament to firemen, turncocks and Man naturally requires excitement and others, who first appear with their engines relaxation; but it is essentially necessary

and implements at premises sworn to be that they should be adapted to his situa

on fire, were claimed at the public office, tion and circumstances. The feast week, and resisted on the ground that the

Marlborough-street, in this month, 1826, however alluring it may appear in description, is in reality productive of greater

chimney, which belonged to a brewery, evil than good. The excitement lasts too and was more than eighty feet high, was long, and the enjoyment, whatever it not, and could not be on fire. A witness may be, is purchased at the sacrifice of to that end, gave a lively specimen of

familiar statement and illustration. He too great expense. It is a well-known fact, that many of the poor who have

began by telling the magistrate, that he exerted every effort to make this profuse,

was a sweep-chimney by profession-a but short-lived display, have scarcely piece of information very unnecessary, bread to eat for weeks after. But there he was as black and sooty a sweep as ever is no alternative, if they expect to be mounted a chimney-top,—and then went received with the same spirit of hospitality

on in this fashion_ã This here - man, by their friends. The alebouses, in the pointing to the patrol,) your wortship, interim, are too often scenes of drunken- has told a false affidavit. I knows that ness and disorder; and the labouring man

ere chimley from a hinfant, and she who has been idle and dissipated for a

knows my foot as well as my own mother.

The week, is little disposed for toil and tem

way as I goes up her is this-I goes perance the next. Here, then, the illu- in all round the boiler, then I twistes in sion of rural simplicity ends ! These

the chimley like the smoke, and then 'up things are managed much better where there's a wind in her that would blow you

I goes with the wind, for, your wortship, one fair day, as it is called, is set apart out like a feather, if you didn't know her in each year, as is the case in many coun

as well as I do, and that makes me alties; the excitement, which is intense for ten or twelve hour, is fully sufficient for ways go to the top myself, because there the purpose; all is noise and merriment

, isn't a brick in her that doesn't know my and one general and simultaneous burst foot. So that you see, your wortship, no and explosion, if it may be so expressed, won't let 'em stop: and besides they

soot or blacks is ever in her: the wind takes place. You see groups of happy knows that I go up her regular. So that faces. Every one is willing he knows not why, and cares not where she always keeps herself as clean as a new fore ;” and one day's gratification serves

pin. I'll be bound the sides of her is as him for every day's pleasing topic of re

clean this minute as I am (not saying ference for weeks to come.

much for the chimney); therefore, your S. P.

Howard on Climate..


wortship, that ere man as saw two yards “Want a coach, sir! Here's your coach, of fire coming out of her, did not see no

sir ? Which is it, sir! Coach to the city, such thing, I say; and he has told your sir! West end, sir! Here ! Coach to the wortship, and these here gentlemen pre- city! Coach 10 Whitechapel ! Coach to sent, a false affidavit, I say. I was brought Portman-square! Coach to Pentonville ! up in that chimley, your wortship, and [ Coach to the Regent's Park! This way! can't abear to hear such things said - lies this way! Stand clear there! Chariot, or of her; and that's all as I knows at pre- a coach, sir? No chariots, sir, and all the sent, please your wortship."*

coaches are hired! There's a coach here,

sir-just below! Coachman, draw up!" AMUSEMENTS.

and drawing up is impossible, and there The London Christmas evenings of is an incessant confusion of calls and 1826, appear to have been kept out of complaints, and running against each doors, for every place of entertainment other, arising out of the immediate wants was overflowing every night.

of every body, which can only be succes. At this season, from six o'clock in the sively gratified. Pedestrians make their evening, a full tide of passengers sets in way home, or to the inns, as fast as posalong every leading street to each of the sible, or turn in to sup at the fish-shops, theatres. Hackney coaches drawl, and which in five minutes, are more lively cabriolets make their way, and jostlé each than their oysters were at any time. other, and private carriages swiftly roll,

“ Waiter! Waiter! Yes, sir? Attend to and draw up to the box door with a you directly, sir! Yours is gone for, sir! vigorous sweep, which the horses of hired Why, I've ordered nothing! Its coming vehicles are too aged, or too low in con- directly, sir! Ginger-beer-why this is dition to achieve. Within a hundred poison ! Spruce—why this is ginger-beer! yards of either playhouse, hands are con- Porter, sir! I told you brandy and water ! tinually thrust into each coach window, Stewed oysters! I ordered scolloped ! with “ a bill of the play," and repeated When am I to have my supper! You've cries of “only a penny!” The coach- had it, sir-I beg your pardon, sir, the door being opened, 'down fall the steps gentleman that sat here is gone, sir ! with a sharp clackity-clack-click, and the Waiter ! waiter !" and so on ; and he who companies alight, if they can, without the has patience, is sure to be indulged with supernumerary aid of attendant pliers, who an opportunity of retaining it, amidst offer their over-ready arms to lean upon, loud talking and laughter ; varied views and kindly entreat“ Take care, sir! – of the new pantomime; conflicting testimind how you step ma'am—this way if mony as to the merits of the clown and you please this way,” all against your the harlequin ; the new scenery, dresses, will, and ending with “I hope you'll and machinery;" likings and dislikings please to "remember a poor fellow !" the of certain actresses ; "the lovely" Mise poor fellow" having done nothing but So-and-so, or

that detestable" woman, interrupt you. When past the

Mrs. Such-an-one, that clever fellow, place,great coats, umbrellas, shawls or

“Thing-a-merry," or that stupid dog other useful accompaniments to and from

“ What-d'ye-call-um.". These topics fail“ the house," though real encumbrances ing, and the oysters discussed, then are within it, may be safely deposited with stated and considered the advantages of persons stationed for their reception, who taking something“ to keep'em down;" the attach tickets to them, and deliver corres- comparative merits of Burton, Windponding numbers, which ensure the return sor, or Edinburgh ale; the qualities of of your propert yon your coming out; six- porter; the wholesomeness of smoking; pence or a shilling being a gratuity for the the difference between a pipe and a segar, accommodation. Then, when the whole is and the preference of one to the other; over, there is the strict blockade of whether brandy or rum, or the clear spicoaches further than the eye can reach; rit of juniper is the best preservative of servants looking out for the parties they health ; which of the company or their came with, and getting up their master's friends can drink most; whether the last carriages; and a full cry of hackney coach- fight was “a cross,” and who of all the men men and their representatives, vociferating in the fancy is most “ game;" whether the

magistrates dare to interfere with “the

ring ;" whether if fighting should be “put * The Times, 5th January, 1826. an end to" Englishmen will have half

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