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in a knob behind, resembling the modern chignon. He wore his A PAGE OF EARLY HISTORY. tunic shortish, to display a very symmetrical and shapely leg of a

ladylike description, and his voice was eilvery and girl-like. He was COMPILED FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.

not, perhaps, the man whom a prudent monarch would have chosen

as his successor on the throne of a semi-barbarous nation. E have much pleasure in placing before

The prince and FLOSALBA found frequent opportunities of meeting our readers some facts in early English and singing duets—a somewhat rash amusement at a clandestine history, of which we can boast the ex; rencontre, and one which accounts for the frequent interruption of their clusive possession. They are derived tête-à-têtes by the infuriated monarch and his senile friend the Duke from certain illuminated MSS. at present of Dodderdaddy, upon whom, in revenge, the Princess assisted by preserved in the Record Office, where PRETTIKIN, played off the most heartless practical jokes. they would seem to have escaped the

Lud, driven to desperation by his daughter's conduct, called together researches of the indefatigable Macaulay, his Cabinet, to consult them as to the course he should pursue. His the laborious KEIGHTLEY, and Mrs. Cabinet contained men with the biggest heads in the kingdom, but as MARKHAM.

the utterance of their wisdom consisted of hollow mumblings of From these documents we gather that

te-rum te-rum te-rum te-rum! te-rum ! KING LUD, founder of the British

te-rum te-rum te-rum te-rum ! te-Rum! Monarchy, was a ruler whose wishes to it is scarcely to be wondered at that His Majesty lost his temperadvance civilization were unfortunately wiped his enormous pen on the Chancellor's nose, dipped the Lord thwarted by the mischievous effects of an Treasurer's head in the inkstand, and laid his sceptre vigorously about ungovernable temper. One of the first the heads of the rest. At last he determined to hold a tournament, acts of Lud's reign was to enact that all the prize of which was to be his daughter's hand. He probably conversation should be carried on in adopted this means of deciding the question because he concluded from

decasyllabic couplets, for the encourage- PRETTIKIN's effeminate appearance that he was no warrior. The Duke the public taste. Those who were unable to overcome the difficulties residing in the neighbourhood of Whitechapel, from whom he pro

ment of literature and the refinement of of Dodderdaddy, by the king's advice, sought the aid of a noted witch of versification were compelled to express their wants and wishes in eured a magic sword w rranted by an eminent firm at Sheffield to dumb show. The severity

of this restriction is supposed to have given conquer its owner's foes. the first impetus to the conspiracy which ultimately drove Lud from On the day of the tournament crowds of suitors arrived, but were the throne. Such was the unpoetic character of the Early Briton. vanquished one after the other by PRETTIKIN, who, to the astonishment

LUD had one lovely and accomplished daughter, the Princess of everyone, turned FLOSALBA. She was an extremely beautiful girl, and sang with great out to be an accomtaste and execution the popular melodies

plished swordsman. of the period. Her chief charm con

At length the Duke of sisted in the quantity and quality of

Dodderdaddy entered her golden locks. Her dresses, in

the lists mounted on short, were not so long as her tresses.

his fiery hobby-horse, Her dancing was considered exquisite.

and challenged the LUD, though a proud and affectionate

prince to single comparent, was, as we have hinted, afflicted

bat. PRINCE PRETTI. with a hasty temper. So long as its

KIN had received in. ebullitions were confined to the kick

formation about the ing and cuffing of the Court and

magic sword from a attendants they were pardonable

lady who was driving very pardonable indeed, for the

an opposition trade to courtiers and retainers were endowed

the Whitechapel witch. with a superlative stupidity that at

He, therefore, once gave the lie to the speculations of

trived, while he and phrenology; since their heads being

the Duke were salutabnormally large gave promise, according to that art, of considerable ing the Princess, to exchange blades. The result was that after a intellectual capacities.

terrific struggle the Duke was overthrown, and PRETTIKIN claimed Unfortunately, Lud and his only child had some differences of the Princess's hand. LUD, forgetting that a monarch's word should opinion as to the eligibility of the suitors who presented themselves be his bond, refused, and declaring the tournament at an end, retired to the Princess; and His Majesty displayed his temper very decidedly, to the palace with his daughter, followed by the Courte The Whiteand refused to argue the point in choice decasyllabic couplets. When chapel witch having been in the crowd at the lists detected the cause the poor girl attempted to move him by singing an appeal to the air of the Duke's defeat. Mixing, unobserved, with the retinue she of "Goody, please to moderate,” he became so incensed that he seized entered the palace, and explained to the King and the Duke the reason her by the wrist, and dragged her about the room, between the verses. of PRETTIKIN's success. Lud immediately ordered the Prince to be

The cause of the quarrel was this: His Majesty wished FLOSALBA executed, and gave the hand of the reluctant Flosalba to the Duke. to marry an old friend and schoolfellow of his, the Duke of Dodder- But the tyrant's career was at an end. The insurrection that had daddy, alleging that

long been smouldering burst out suddenly, and the tables were turned His Grace's age and

on King and Duke, while the Prince and Princess were victorious. The experience were calcu

documents are somewhat obscure and difficult of interpretation just lated to benefit and

here, but it would seem that the royal palace was undermined, and advance the interests

that just as PRETTIKIN was ordered for execution the walls fell, and of the nation. The

revealed to the astonished monarch the insurrectionary forces. The Princess naturally ob

women seem to have been at the head of the movement. Clad in short jected to a husband

skirts of book muslin, they advanced with threatening actions—some who was as old as her

suspended in air, others waist deep in the translucent Thames, which father. She had, in

was lit up by the glare of torches of various colours. fact, bestowed her

But little remains to be told. PRINCE PRETTIKIN assumed the habit affections on a young

and title of regent. The title seems to have been EARL o'KIN, while prince-PRINCE PRET

the habit was a close-fitting one covered with triangles of all sorts of TIKIN, son of a neigh

colours, and plenteously spangled. FLOSALBA, thenceforth known as bouring potentate. It

COLUMBINE, gave up her singing, as ladies generally do after marriage, is, of course, impossible

but devoted herself more than ever to dancing. LUD escaped by painting at this distance of

his face, and assuming the simple white and red dress of a peasant or time, to pronounce on

clown. He wandered through the kingdom, supporting himself by the merits of the dif

pilfering and all sorts of dishonesty. He was perpetually at war with ference between LUD

the constituted authorities, and gave great trouble to the police of the and his daughter; but the king would appear not to have been period. The Duke accompanied him in his wanderings with a faithful, entirely unreasonable in his objections to PRINCE PRETTIKIN. That if imbecile, friendship that was ill-requited by the torments and young man was decidedly of effeminate appearance, and was pas- tortures the King heaped on him. He became, in short, the thing sionately fond of fine clothes. He wore his hair long, and bound up SHAKESPEARE alludes to as “the lean and slippered påntaloon.”



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A SIMPLE STORY “ CHAR-LIE was a cle-ver boy. He got up a pant-o-mime in the nur-se-ry. But it was vi-ry wick-ed to paint ba-by's face like the Tox Dot Clown at Dru-ry Lane last year ; -and so his ma-ma would not li-cense the per-form-ance.”

If of Burlesque you are upon the track

Why, try the Haymarket, where they have LIT-ON The Frightful Hair of sightfol-lairal-wback !

Or Royalty, with Humpback Dick a hit on;The Bolborn, where Prince Annabel's the crack ;

Or Gaiety, with Operas a skit on ;The Queen's, whose Gnome King very funny games is at, Or Planché's Sleeping Beauty the St. James's at. Or, finally, to Drama would you hark?

You have a choice-although no great variety. Go visit the Princess's After Dark,

Or if you wish to be in good Society, The Prince of Wales's is about the mark,

Where Tame Cat-astrophes seem impropriety. The Globe's Success (and Cyrils) ends our list-oh, There's the Adelphi, too, with Monte Cristo!

ROUND THESTHEATRES. Come, let's shake off the troubles that environ

This paltry plodding life of every day,
And take a cab—the regulated bire on-

And have a holiday to see the play.
There's Covent Garden, where the muse of BYRON

Of Crusoe's Atory makes a grand display :
Where being HARBI&BD is a joy past measure,
Whilst (S)TOYLE and lots of PAYNEs conduce to pleasure.
There's Drury Lane, where (as the French would phrase it)

The tricks of Chat-are-topic for the nerves ; The cat-an actor so des-IRVING plays it

The lion's share of the applause deserves.
The op'ning, MR. BLANCHARD,'s good bekase it

So little from the ancient legend swerves.
Besides, we've heaps of fun and gorgeous scenes,
And tiny tars and miniature Marines.
There's the Lyceum, where one meets fresh VOKES,

And Parkes, and scenes, wherein one views Brew's hues. And there's the Surrey, where the fun Clown pokes

Is of the good old sort we're loth to loseThe red-hot poker practical old jokes,

To laugo at which one never can refuse. Then the police are plentifully pepperedBut why those poor scared dogs, oh, gentle SHEPHERD ? At Sadler's Wells The Fair One, golden-tressed, Finds

fairy friends, sky, Hazel-WOOD, and wave in. At the Victoria the tender breast

Of Bluff King Hal to Cupid's forced to Cave-in.
Last the Britannia comes—(but I'll be blest

If I can introduce that Dame my stave in)-
With Alfred's Whittington and Standard's Tell Tale,
And Grecian CONQUEST, of the list to swell tail.

Back her MR. BOUCICAULT, who has always been so loud against piratical vermin, has been accused of piracy himself at last. An injunction bas been granted at New York to restrain the representation of the railway scene in After Dark, on the ground that it is pirated from Under the Gıslights. It seems that Mr. Boucicault bas arrogated running powers over somebody else's lines.

A Regular Jack-pudding One. Why is the pancake an anomalous condiment ?-Because it is both tough and fri-able.

A Poor Quiddity. UNCLE GOLDAMITH id variably tips his nephew a sovereign on his return to school; for this act of kindness the ungrateful young rascal calls the old gentleman a "quid-nunk.”


Christmas Medley.

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