BABOO HURRY BUNGSHO
AUTHOR OF VICE VERSA, THE TINTED VENUS,
THE BLACK POODLE, ETC.
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
"Let out! let out!!
"A golden-headed umbrella, fresh as a rose"
"Miss Jessimina Mankletow"
"I instantaneously endured the total upset!"
"With a large, stout constable"
"Was accosted by a polite, agreeable stranger"
"A weedy, tall male gentleman"
"A beaming simper of indescribable suavity"
"I became once more the silent tomb"
"In garbage of unparagoned shabbiness"
"The spectators saluted me with shouts of joy as the returned Shahzadar"
"Some haughty masculine might insult her under my very nose"
"It was here," I said, reverently, "that the swan of Avon was hatched!"
"Unaccustomed to dark-complexioned gentlemen"
"Ascended his bicycle with a waggish winkle in his eye"
"Pitch it strong, my respectable Sir!"
"A royal command from the Queen-Empress"
"Would be greatly improved by the simple addition of some knee-caps"
"I am addressed by an underbred street-urchin as a 'Blooming Blacky!'"
"Of incredible bashfulness and bucolical appearance"
"I presented my trophy and treasure-trove to the fairy-like Miss Wee-wee"
"Whether he had wha-haed wi' hon'ble Wallace?"
Baboo Chuckerbutty Ram
"Fresh as a daisy, and fine as a carrot fresh scraped"
Mr Justice Honeygall
"Jabberjee's face gradually lengthens"
The text and illustrations of this book are reproduced by kind permission of the Proprietors of Punch.
INTRODUCTORY LETTER FROM
To the Hon'ble——Punch.
Venerable and Ludicrous Sir.—Permit me most respectfully to bring beneath your notice a proposal which I serenely anticipate will turn up trumps under the fructifying sunshine of your esteemed approbation.
Sir, I am an able B.A. of a respectable Indian University, now in this country for purposes of being crammed through Inns of Court and Law Exam., and rendering myself a completely fledged Pleader or Barrister in the Native Bar of the High Court.
Since my sojourn here, I have accomplished the laborious perusal of your transcendent and tip-top periodical, and, hoity toity! I am like a duck in thunder with admiring wonderment at the drollishness and jocosity with which your paper is ready to burst in its pictorial department. But, alack! when I turn my critical attention to the literary contents, I am met with a lamentable deficiency and no great shakes, for I note there the fly in the ointment and absenteeism of a correct and classical style in English composition.—to wit the utter
To the highly educated native gentleman who searches your printed articles, hoping fondly to find himself in a well of English pure and undefiled, it proves merely to fish in the air. Conceive, Sir, the disgustful result to one saturated to the skin of his teeth in best English masterpieces of immaculate and moderately good prose extracts and dramatic passages, published with notes for the use of the native student, at weltering in a hotchpot and hurley-burley of arbitrarily distorted and very vulgarised cockneydoms and purely London provincialities, which must be of necessity to him as casting pearls before a swine!
And I have the honour to inform you of a number of cultivated lively young native B.A.'s, both here and in my country, who are quite capable to appreciate really fine writing and sonoriferous periods if published in your paper, and which would infallibly result in a feather in your cap and bring increase of grit to the mill.
If, Honoured Sir, you feel disposed to bolster yourself up with the wet blanket of a non possumus and reply to me that your existing quill-drivers are too fat-witted and shallow-pated for the production of more pretentiously polished lucubrations—aye, not even if they burn the night-light oil and hear the chimes at midnight! I will not be hoodwinked by the superficiality of your cui bono, and shall make you the answer that I am willing for an exceedingly paltry honorarium to rush into the Gordian knot and write you the most superior essays on every conceivable and inconceivable subject under the sun, as per enclosed samples which I forward respectfully for your delightful and golden opinions, guaranteeing faithfully that all of your readers in every hemisphere and postal district will fall in love with such a new departure and fresh tack.
The specimens I send are not my best, only very ordinary and humdrum affairs—but ex pede Herculem! Hon'ble Sir, and you will see how transcendentally superior are even such poor effusions compared to the fiddle-faddle and gimcrack style of article with which you are being fobbed off by puzzle-headed and self-opiniated nincompoops.
I can also turn out rhymed poetry after models of Poets Tennyson, Cowper, Mrs Hemans, Southey, & Co., done to a tittle, so as not to be detected, even by the cynosure, as mere spurious imitation, but in every respect up to the mark and the real Simon Pure.
Therefore, Hon'ble Sir, do not hesitate to strike while the iron is incandescent and bleed freely, even if it should be necessary, prior to engaging your humble petitioner's services, to turn out one or more of your present contributioners crop and heels, and lay them on the shelf of their own incompetencies. Remember that the slightest act of volition on your part can exalt my pecuniary status to the skies, as well as confer distinguished and unparagoned ennoblement upon your .
I remain, respected Sir, Your most obsequious Servant,
Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee, B.A.
P.S. and N.B.—Being so unacquainted with the limner's art, I cannot at present undertake the etching of caricatures et hoc genus omne. However, if such is your will, Hon'ble Sir, I will take the cow by the horns, after preliminary course of instruction at Government Art School, all expenses, &c., to be defrayed on the nail out of your purse of Fortunatus, seeing that your esteemed correspondent is so hard up between two stools that he is reduced to a choice of Hodson's Horse! H. B. J.