In a Mexican Sombrero. Usurers of the Past. "Fi. Fa." and "Ca. Sa." the Fast Life of the Past. Pantomimes Past and Present. Operas Remembered. Songs That Come Back to Me. Pictures That Haunt Me. Taverns That Have Vanished. Volume 2

In a Mexican Sombrero. Usurers of the Past. "Fi. Fa." and "Ca. Sa." the Fast Life of the Past. Pantomimes Past and Present. Operas Remembered. Songs That Come Back to Me. Pictures That Haunt Me. Taverns That Have Vanished. Volume 2

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...longer; and they were sorrowfully scandalised when Mr. Dormer, having made a good deal of money at Old Betty's Chop House, purchased the lease of the Old Dog; and, while still keeping a number of bedrooms, converted the lower part of the house into a modern restaurant, with a capacious bar which was nothing more nor less than a highly-decorated " pub." For a while he prospered; but his enterprise was in the end disastrous, and the Dog, at last, disappeared for ever. I should much like, nevertheless, to know what has become of the well out of which we extracted the broken shards of crockery and the eighteenth-century tobacco pipes. Transformation as well as total disappearance has been the lot of many of the old taverns of my time. I can remember the Old Hummums in Covent Garden, and the old Rainbow in Fleet Street, near the Inner Temple gate. The Rainbow was formerly known as Nando's Coffee House, and in the time of Charles II. was kept by one James a Barbe, who was presented by the Inquest--or recommended for prosecution--by the Ward of St. Dunstan-in-the-West " for making and selling a sort of liquor called coffee, to the great nuisance and prejudice of the neighbourhood." Of the Old Cock, likewise in Fleet Street, it would be obviously impertinent to say anything after " Will Waterproof's Lyrical Monologue," but I may apologetically mention, as a proof of the rigid conservatism of the Cock, that a very old friend of mine, a well-known man of letters, taking his chop once at the Cock and following it with a salad, in the dressing of which he considered himself an adept, asked for a hard-boiled egg. The head waiter looked at him earnestly, and politely but authoritatively replied, " Hif Prince Halbert wos to come here, sir, he couldn't 'ave a...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662067
  • 9781236662064