Weeds from the Isis; A Miscellany of Prose and Verse

Weeds from the Isis; A Miscellany of 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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... then, as conviviality proceeded, and spirituous excitement began to pervade our conversation, that the adventures of Mr. Scipio Thomason came upon the tapis, and the outline of the incidents I am about to record was unfolded to my gratified sense of humour. Scipio Thomason was scarcely a handsome specimen of the genus homo; that is to say, he stood but five-feet six--a large part of which brief admeasurement fell to the share of a face, otherwise average in features, save that it betrayed, by its restlessness and careworn expression, the fact that Mr. Scipio was stone deaf, and that he had a slight impediment in his speech, caused by his having, when a boy, been chucked by a clumsy Hercules of an uncle under the chin, to the immediate and irrecoverable detriment of his tongue, which lost an inch and a-half by this act of dalliance. In other respects he was not ill made; though apt to walk, as was said of a late sportsman, as though a horse was under him. He was a gentleman farmer, with one hundred acres of his own, and renting three hundred more; goodnatured, fearless, and gallant. It is not very surprising that Scippy, as the neighbours termed him, took the earliest opportunity, after becoming his own master, and paying a swinging bill to the attorney who had taken care to constitute himself his guardian during his minority, of joining the gallant Grass-shire Yeomanry, now for the first time em bodied under their new Colonel, the Earl of Bendigo, and about to meet for their usual ten days' drill, at the county town of St. Ives. N0 doubt these troops, hitherto only trained under their local Sergeant-Majors, and inspected, with considerable labour to discover their good qualities, by some cavalry officer who happened to be a friend...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989996
  • 9781236989994