Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete eBook

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We have endeavoured in our sketches so to frame them, that the general reader might not be perplexed by technical or local allusions, whilst the students of London saw they were the work of one who had lived amongst them.  And if in some places we have strayed from the strict boundaries of perfect refinement, yet we trust the delicacy of our most sensitive reader has received no wound.  We have discarded our joke rather than lose our propriety; and we have been pleased at knowing that in more than one family circle our Physiology has, now and then, raised a smile on the lips of the fair girls, whose brothers were following the same path we have travelled over at the hospitals.

We hope with the new year to have once more the gratification of meeting our friends.  Until then, with a hand offered in warm fellowship,—­not only to those composing the class he once belonged to, but to all who have been pleased to bestow a few minutes weekly upon his chapters,—­the Medical Student takes his leave.

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When does a school-boy’s writing-book resemble the Hero of Waterloo?—­When it’s a Well ink’d’un (Wellington).

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On my next visit I found Mr. Bayles in full force, and loud in praise of some eleemosynary entertainment to which he had been invited.  Having exhausted his subject and a tumbler of toddy at the same time, Mr. Arden “availed himself of the opportunity to call attention to the next tale,” which was found to be


I was subaltern of the cantonment main-guard at Bangalore one day in the month of June, 182-.  Tattoo had just beaten; and I was sitting in the guard-room with my friend Frederick Gahagan, the senior Lieutenant in the regiment to which I belonged, and manager of the amateur theatre of the station.

Gahagan was a rattling, care-for-nothing Irishman, whose chief characteristic was a strong propensity for theatricals and practical jokes, but withal a generous, warm-hearted fellow, and as gallant a soldier as ever buckled sword-belt.  In his capacity of manager, he was at present in a state of considerable perplexity, the occasion whereof was this.

There chanced then to be on a visit at Bangalore a particular ally of Fred’s, who was leading tragedian of the Chowringhee theatre in Calcutta; and it was in contemplation to get up Macbeth, in order that the aforesaid star might exhibit in his crack part as the hero of that great tragedy.  Fred was to play Macduff; and the “blood-boltered Banquo” was consigned to my charge.  The other parts were tolerably well cast, with the exception of that of

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