Sparkling Spray of Fact and Fiction, Miscellany [In Prose and Verse]

Sparkling Spray of Fact and Fiction, Miscellany [In Prose and Verse]

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... for its probable fulfilment, often saving by those means the loss of precious life and valuable property. iomitnl nn of ffitstdhn Jtantihj. The following anecdote, though we do not answer for its authenticity, is too good to be allowed to pass into oblivion: TA.'WHBN Signor Bartoletti, the owner and oVfetg instructor of the "industrious fleas," Ya visited Germany, he gave a representa $? tion before the Grand Duchess of. The fleas had gone through their military manoeuvres with great promptitude and precision, and the march past was about to take place. The pretty Grand Duchess, who (the weather being oppressively hot) was clad in a low costume of some light material, was watching them intently, when suddenly the general at the head of the forces, tempted by the prospect before him, threw up his command, regardless of discipline, and made a jump which landed him neatly on the delicate neck of the Grand Duchess. The next instant he had disappeared, to begin an exploration on his own account. The lady screamed, averring thut she had heard of these bloodthirsty creatures before, but had never seen one. The Grand Duke roared with laughter; while Signor Bartoletti, in fear at losing his leading performer, exclaimed: --"My best artist, your Serene Highness! the best in my whole company; without him I am a ruined man I" "Call my maids quickly; I feel it upon me, quick I quick I" cried the Grand Duchess, pressing her heart in a tragic attitude, and she immediately retired. A few minutes of intolerable suspense to the dejected exhibitor ensued. At last a maid appeared, holding between forefinger and thumb the trophy of her bloodless victory. Signor Bartoletti beamed with delight as ho received the fugitive. He...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982584
  • 9781236982582