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HUMOROUS READINGS AND RECITATIONS.

HUMOROUS READINGS AND RECITATIONS

IN PROSE AND VERSE .

SELECTED AND EDITED

BY LEOPOLD WAGNER,

EDITOR OF "MODERN READINGS AND RECITATIONS," "NEW READINGS FROM AMERICAN AUTHORS," ETC.

London and New York: FREDERICK WARNE AND CO. 1889.

LONDON: BRADBURY, AGNEW, & CO., PRINTERS, WHITEFRIARS.

PREFACE.

In introducing to the public a Third Series of "Popular Readings," I consider it merely necessary to state that the courtesy of authors and publishers has enabled me to bring together a choice selection of humorous pieces which have acquired a large share of popularity, in addition to a number of others that may justly be regarded as novelties.

Concerning the former, I have so often had occasion to answer inquiries respecting particular pieces for recitation, that it occurred to me the handy collection of those most generally sought after, but hitherto scattered through various publications, would be welcomed by many; and I took steps accordingly. How far I have succeeded in my purpose a glance at the Contents list will show. For the fresh matter admitted to these pages, I sincerely trust that from among so many new candidates for popularity, at least one or two of them may be elected to represent the Penny Reading Constituents of each respective Borough for some time to come.

Once more I beg to express my indebtedness and thanks to those authors and publishers who have so generously placed their copyright pieces at my disposal.

L. W.

BROMPTON.

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ACCOMPANIED ON THE FLUTE F. Anstey 1 THE TROUBLES OF A TRIPLET W. Beatty Kingston 8 SLIGHTLY DEAF Bracebridge Hemming 10 THE LADY FREEMASON H. T. Craven 18 WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT! F. B. Harrison 24 THE FATAL LEGS Walter Browne 27 THE CALIPH'S JESTER From the Arabic 29 A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF NOTHING Wilkie Collins 32 GEMINI AND VIRGO C. S. Calverley 37 KING BIBBS James Albery 41 MOLLY MULDOON Anonymous 48 THE HARMONIOUS LOBSTERS Robert Reece 52 THE PROVINCIAL LANDLADY H. Chance Newton 57 MY MATRIMONIAL PREDICAMENT Leopold Wagner 58 ETIQUETTE W. S. Gilbert 62 A LOST SHEPHERD Frank Barrett 65 A MATHEMATIC MADNESS F. P. Dempster 70 WAITING AT TOTTLEPOT J. Ashby Sterry 72 MARRIED TO A GIANTESS Walter Parke 75 THE VISION OF THE ALDERMAN Henry S. Leigh 79 THE DEMON SNUFFERS Geo. Manville Fenn 80 THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER Lewis Carroll 86 MY BROTHER HENRY J. M. Barrie 89 A NIGHT WITH A STORK W. E. Wilcox 92 THE FAITHFUL LOVERS F. C. Burnand 95 THE WAIL OF A BANNER BEARER Arthur Matthison 96 THE DREAM OF THE BILIOUS BEADLE Arthur Shirley 99 MY FRIEND TREACLE Watkin Elliott 101 THE VOICE OF THE SLUGGARD Anonymous 107 ARTEMUS WARD'S VISIT TO THE TOWER OF LONDON Chas. Farrar Browne 108 MR. CAUDLE HAS LENT AN ACQUAINTANCE THE FAMILY UMBRELLA Douglas Jerrold 111 DOMESTIC ASIDES Tom Hood 113 THE CHARITY DINNER Litchfield Moseley 115 ACTING WITH A VENGEANCE W... Continue reading book >>




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