The Young Stagers
THE YOUNG STAGERS
THE YOUNG STAGERS
PERCIVAL CHRISTOPHER WREN
AUTHOR OF "DEW AND MILDEW," "FATHER GREGORY," "SNAKE AND SWORD,"
"DRIFTWOOD SPARS," "THE WAGES OF VIRTUE,"
"STEPSONS OF FRANCE," ETC.
BEING FURTHER FAITES AND GESTES OF THE JUNIOR CURLTON
CLUB OF KARABAD, INDIA, WHEREOF SOME WERE
HERETOFORE SET FORTH IN THE BOOK
YCLEPT DEW AND MILDEW
LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO.
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
FOURTH AVENUE & 30th STREET, NEW YORK
BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS
GUYTON BUTLER, Esq.
IN MEMORY OF SOME DAYS AND NIGHTS
UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS,
OF MUCH KINDNESS TO THE
PAST AND PRESENT,
JUNIOR CURLTON CLUB.
THE JUNIOR CURLTON CLUB OF KARABAD.
SPORTING, DRAMATIC, LITERARY, AND SOCIAL.
|Widdy the Second A Persian Cat.|
|Buster A Subaltern.|
|Guyton Butler, Esq.||Uncle-in-Chief.|
|Bobball (alias Private Robert Hall)||A soldier and Bad Man.|
|Mrs. Perfect||A Nurse and Virtuous Woman.|
Eavesdroppers are supposed to be a base and despicable race—but I must confess to having "dropped" an enormous number of "eaves" in the Junior Curlton Club of Karabad.
It was my deceitful practice to occupy the next room to the big club-room at every possible opportunity, to set the communicating-door ajar, and to listen.
To listen to what is surely one of the sweetest, most innocent, most natural, and most instructive of all languages—the unrestrained un-selfconscious chatter of happy children.
"... Ecee quam sempiterna vox juventutis."
I. The Saxon and the Gael and Things 3 II. Ancient Britons and Modern 13 III. Tosh and Funny-Dog 31 IV. Bobball 43 V. Concerning William Henry Winterbotham 53 VI. The Stuart Queen 65 VII. The Virtuous Tiger 75 VIII. Bobball Again, and a Study in Contrasts 93 IX. Grape-shot 111 X. Drummers and Rummers 123 XI. The Rafters 139 XII. The Vegetarian Mugger of Soni 149 XIII. The Modern Desdemona 165