I may state that those stories, which were made entirely; as a few were; or in part, by my assistant and myself, were afterwards received with approbation by ordinary Gipsies as being thoroughly Rommany. As to the language of the stories, it is all literally and faithfully that of a Gipsy, word by word, written down as he uttered it, when, after we had got a gudlo into shape, he told it finally over, which he invariably did with great eagerness, ending with an improvised moral.
GUDLO I. HOW A GIPSY SAVED A CHILD’S LIFE BY BREAKING A WINDOW.
‘Pre yeck divvus (or yeckorus) a Rommany chal was kairin’ pyass with the koshters, an’ he wussered a kosh ‘pre the hev of a boro ker an’ poggered it. Welled the prastramengro and penned, “Tu must pooker (or pessur) for the glass.” But when they jawed adree the ker, they lastered the kosh had mullered a divio juckal that was jawan’ to dant the chavo. So the rani del the Rommany chal a sonnakai ora an’ a fino gry.
But yeck koshter that poggers a hev doesn’t muller a juckal.
On a day (or once) a Gipsy was playing at cockshy, and he threw a stick through the window of a great house and broke the glass. Came the policeman and said, “You must answer (or pay) for the glass.” But when they went into the house, they found the stick had killed a mad dog that was going to bite the child (boy). So the lady gave the Gipsy a gold watch and a good horse.
But every stick that breaks a window does not kill a dog.
GUDLO II. THE GIPSY STORY OF THE BIRD AND THE HEDGEHOG.
’Pre yeck divvus a hotchewitchi dicked a chillico adree the puv, and the chillico pukkered lesco, “Mor jal pauli by the kushto wastus, or the hunters’ graias will chiv tute adree the chick, mullo; an’ if you jal the waver rikk by the bongo wast, dovo’s a Rommany tan adoi, and the Rommany chals will haw tute.” Penned the hotchewitchi, “I’d rather jal with the Rommany chals, an’ be hawed by foki that kaum mandy, than be pirraben apre by chals that dick kaulo apre mandy.”