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10 s. XIL OCT. 9, 1909.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


concerning a pedigree and MS. volume relating to the Markham family. The pedigree is entitled, " Antiquse nobilisque iamiliae et clarae prosapise Markhamorum stemma usque ad Griffinum Markham (Sir Griffin Markham) Equitem auratum Deline- .atum " ; and is certified at the bottom -as being by the hand of William Camden, Clarencieux King of Arms, who declares that it has been made with the utmost fidelity and diligence.


JOHN KELSALL, MAYOR OF CHESTER -(10 S. xi. 487 ; xii. 157). -See some notes on him and his will in the recent columns of ' The Cheshire Sheaf,' appearing weekly in The Chester Courant. R. S. B.

PARODIES OF KIPLING (10 S. xii. 128, 177, 238). The following notes indicate a few Kipling parodies.

1. ' On the Way to Dongolay ' : In a little town called London Far away, and o'er the sea, &c.

A parody of ' Mandalay,' said to have been

sung by the men of the 1896 Nile expedition.

There is at the end a suggested extension

of the song, the one stanza beginning,

There's a chance for Tommy Atkins

And the Sikh to see some fun ;

and ending,

From Dongola to Durfur, On the road to Ugan-day.

See Standard, 15 Aug., 1896.

2. I goes into the Commons' House, to try and

raise a cheer,

The Government they ups and says, " We can't stand Tommy 'ere," &c.

A parody of ' Tommy,' by Mr. Elliott Lees, M.P. (the late Sir Elliott Lees). " Tommy " in the parody refers to Mr. Thomas Gibson Bowles, then M.P. See Punch, 22 Aug., 1896. Punch published the first two stanzas only. I have the other two, copied from a rough MS. lent to me by Mr. Lees.

3. ' To Rudyard Kipling, Esq., from Thos. Atkins ' :

There 's a regular run on papers since we 'card that

you was ill ; An' you might be in a 'orspital, the barricks is so

still, &c.

By J. O. C., West Derby, Liverpool. See Liverpool Daily Post, 8 March, and Times, 10 March, 1899. In The Times of the next day appeared a paragraph saying that " we were of course entirely ignorant " of the fact that the poem had appeared

previously in The Liverpool Daily Post. The above is, I think, a parody of no par- ticular poem.

4. ' Fightin' Joe ' :

There's a clean-shaved fightm' man,

Which is Joe ! Hits the hardest that he can,

Champion Joe ! &c.

A parody of ' Bobs.' " Joe " is, of course, Mr. Chamberlain. See Morning Post, 22 Sept., 1900.

5. ' Back to the Navy Again ' : You've finished the fightin', Cap'n, an' you haven't

come out on top.

You 're off to the Powerful's ward-room a-singing, " Can't stop ! Can't stop ! "

A parody of ' Back to the Army Again.' The reference is to Capt. the Hon. Hedworth Lambton's defeat in the election for New- castle-on-Tyne. See Pall Mall Gazette, 5 Oct., 1900. ROBERT PIERPOINT.

" PERTESEN " (10 S. xii. 249). This word is " partisan," or halberd, a well-known blade-headed staff, originally a weapon of war, but now used only in ceremonial observances.

Although it does not affect the question, I may point out that the will from which MR. CUNNINGHAM quotes is not, as he states, the will of " John Selby of Twhisell," dated 17 Nov., 1595, but that of his brother "Raphe" of Berwick-upon-Tweed, dated 7 Feb., 1587/8. RICHD. WELFORD.


[Other correspondents thanked for replies.]

BISHOP HEBER : " ONLY MAN is VILE " (10 S. xii. 206, 256). That Bishop Heber, in his ' Missionary Hymn,' wrote

What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle,

is incontestable, since the original MS. of the hymn, in the possession of Sir Stamford Raffles, shows this. But that in the first edition of Heber 's * Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year,' published by his widow in 1827 after his death, " Java's " is substituted for " Ceylon's," and so in every subsequent edition up to the tenth (1834), is also a fact. That the alteration was made by Heber himself, or with his consent, we cannot doubt ; and the reason for the alteration is, I think, plain. When Heber wrote the hymn in 1819, he knew of Ceylon only by hearsay, and was even ignorant of the correct pronunciation of the name ; but when he went to India in 1823, and visited Ceylon in 1825, he discovered that the " spicy