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Ginx's Baby: his birth and other misfortunes; a satire   By: (1838-1910)

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His Birth and other Misfortunes


By Edward Jenkins


CRITIC. I never read a more improbable story in my life.

AUTHOR. Notwithstanding, it may be true.


PART I. WHAT GINX DID WITH HIM. I. Ab initio II. Home, sweet Home! III. Work and Ideas IV. Digressive, and may be skipped without mutilating the History V. Reasons and Resolves VI. The Antagonism of Law and Necessity VII. Malthus and Man VIII. The Baby's First Translation

PART II. WHAT CHARITY AND THE CHURCHES DID WITH HIM. I. The Milk of Human Kindness, Mother's Milk, and the Milk of the Word II. The Protestant Detectoral Association III. The Sacrament of Baptism IV. Law on Behalf of Gospel V. Magistrate's Law VI. Popery and Protestantism in the Queen's Bench VII. A Protestor, but not a Protestant VIII. "See how these Christians love one another" IX. Good Samaritans, and Good Samaritan Twopences X. The Force and a Specimen of its Weakness XI. The Unity of the Spirit and the Bond of Peace XII. No Funds no Faith, no Works XIII. In transitu

PART III. WHAT THE PARISH DID WITH HIM. I. Parochial Knots to be untied without Prejudice II. A Board of Guardians III. "The World is my Parish" IV. Without Prejudice to any one but the Guardians V. An Ungodly Jungle VI. Parochial Benevolence and another Translation

PART IV. WHAT THE CLUBS AND POLITICIANS DID WITH HIM. I. Moved on II. Club Ideas III. A thorough paced Reformer if not a Revolutionary IV. Very Broad Views V. Party Tactics and Political Obstructions to Social Reform VI. Amateur Debating in a High Legislative Body



I. Ab initio.

The name of the father of Ginx's Baby was Ginx. By a not unexceptional coincidence, its mother was Mrs. Ginx. The gender of Ginx's Baby was masculine.

On the day when our hero was born, Mr. and Mrs. Ginx were living at Number Five, Rosemary Street, in the City of Westminster. The being then and there brought into the world was not the only human entity to which the title of "Ginx's Baby" was or had been appropriate. Ginx had been married to Betsy Hicks at St. John's, Westminster, on the twenty fifth day of October, 18 , as appears from the "marriage lines" retained by Betsy Ginx, and carefully collated by me with the original register. Our hero was their thirteenth child. Patient inquiry has enabled me to verify the following history of their propagations. On July the twenty fifth, the year after their marriage, Mrs. Ginx was safely delivered of a girl. No announcement of this appeared in the newspapers.

On the tenth of April following, the whole neighborhood, including Great Smith Street, Marsham Street, Great and Little Peter Streets, Regent Street, Horseferry Road, and Strutton Ground, was convulsed by the report that a woman named Ginx had given birth to "a triplet," consisting of two girls and a boy. The news penetrated to Dean's Yard and the ancient school of Westminster. The Dean, who accepted nothing on trust, sent to verify the report, his messenger bearing a bundle of baby clothes from the Dean's wife, who thought that the mother could scarcely have provided for so large an addition to her family. The schoolboys, on their way to the play ground at Vincent Square, slyly diverged to have a look at the curiosity, paying sixpence a head to Mrs. Ginx's friend and crony, Mrs. Spittal, who pocketed the money, and said nothing about it to the sick woman. THIS birth was announced in all the newspapers throughout the kingdom, with the further news that Her Majesty the Queen had been graciously pleased to forward to Mrs. Ginx the sum of three pounds.

What could have possessed the woman I can't say, but about a twelvemonth after, Mrs. Ginx, with the assistance of two doctors hastily fetched from the hospital by her frightened husband, nearly perished in a fresh effort of maternity... Continue reading book >>

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