Many Inventions

Many Inventions

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Many Inventions

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Less you want your toes trod off you'd better get back at once. For the bullocks are walkin' two by two, The byles are walkin' two by two, The bullocks are walkin' two by two, An' the elephants bring the guns! Ho! Yuss! Great--big--long--black--forty-pounder guns: Jiggery-jolty to and fro, Each as big as a launch in tow-- Blind--dumb--broad-breeched--beggars o' batterin' guns.

Barrack-room Ballad.

TOUCHING the truth of this tale there need be no doubt at all, for it was told to me by Mulvaney at the back of the elephant-lines, one warm evening when we were taking the dogs out for exercise. The twelve Government elephants rocked at their pickets outside the big mud-walled stables (one arch, as wide as a bridge-arch, to each restless beast), and the mahouts were preparing the evening meal. Now and again some impatient youngster would smell the cooking flour-cakes and squeal; and the naked little children of the elephant-lines would strut down the row shouting and commanding silence, or, reaching up, would slap at the eager trunks.

Copyright, 1893, by D. Appleton & Co.

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