Dan Leno; Hys Booke a Volume of Frivolities Autobiographical, Historical, Philosophical, Anecdotal, and Nonsensical

Dan Leno; Hys Booke a Volume of Frivolities Autobiographical, Historical, Philosophical, Anecdotal, and Nonsensical

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... saved, because I was engaged to appear at a Liverpool hall, and I try never to disappoint the public. Well, when I reached the land I was not out of my troubles, for there seemed to be nothing substantial to eat. There was no soup or fish or entrees or any of those things; it was simply a desert island, and I was very hungry after my exercise. However, I seized my rolling-pin and stalked some mussels on the rocks. They are very stupid creatures, and you have only to knock them over with a stick; but you get tired of them for breakfast, dinner, and tea. I tried them raw, boiled, grilled, poached, scrambled, devilled, and a la reine. Now the next thing I knew from my reading was to start keeping an almanac and building a hut. For the almanac I didn't worry, because I knew that I should get one of Aunt Beagle's Soothing Mixture's little books delivered to me as usual, and for building the house I went back to the ship on my drawing-room door, and found a lot of empty sardine tins and tomato cans floating about, which I tied together and towed to shore. With these and the mussel shells I soon erected a nice little seven-roomed, semi-detached villa, with a garden back and front, only three minutes from the nearest station and every modern convenience, and I called it'The Shells.' Then I thought I had better not be idle in the place, so I stuck an imitation brass plate on the gate: 'D. Leno, O.U.R.A., Professor of Pianoforte and Phrenology; Painless Extractions.' I ought to tell you that the island I was on was only about six feet long by three and a quarter wide, and for my necessary daily exercise I used to stroll round it before breakfast. The animals and vegetables soon got used to my presence and became quite tame. The whales would come up to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633806
  • 9781236633804