Punch Volume 122

Punch Volume 122

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...PROLONGED STAY IN THE SOUTH!" THE VERY LATEST AT THE ZOO. "Wild horses shouldn't drag me there," is a familiar form of expression. But " Wild horses did drag me there," that is, the announcement that "wild horses ' had arrived and were on view at ' the Zoo ' was an attraction so powerful that, throwing up every other engagement, I determined, at all hazards, to hurry away to the Gardens and see these fiery untamed steeds. To prepare myself I read Hadji's account of the Amazons, I refreshed myself with Mazeppa, and regarded with admiration that wonderful picture, of which I have a very inferior print, representing poor Mazeppa bound to the plunging Tartar--someone had caught a Tartar for him with a vengeance--and eyeing with an affectingly pleading expression, yet with something of the connoisseur-inhorsee about it, the other wild buckjumpers all very much startled and wilder than ever. Then I had a look at Rosa Bonheur's horses "rightly struggling to be free," and by this time, having grasped the subject of "wild horses" generally, and my temperature being up to boiling heat, I dashed off in the best cab obtainable (would that a wild horse, at a shilling a mile and something extra for the driver, had been in the shafts!), and at last drove up, in as fine style as the brokendown-come-up-will-yer horse could show, to the gates of the Zoo. To find a keeper, to adjure him by all he held sacred to indicate the whereabouts of the wild horses, and to inquire sympathetically after their health, was the work of half a second. For him to reply took about a minute, and then, disregarding bears, vultures, leopards, tigers, lions and seals, I sped downwards through the tunnel and up again t'other side, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684565X
  • 9781236845658