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I would read the pleasant wit or humor that so genially flows from those welcome pages of the Magazine. And having thus enjoyed myself so much, I deem it no more than fair that I should contribute my little 'might' to the entertainment of the numerous friends and patrons of the KNICKERBOCKER. I therefore send you a story that I can vouch for.
'My paternal ancestor is, and hath been for more than thirty years a physician of somewhat extensive practice. Upon one occasion he was called to see an Irishman, who at some 'entertainment' had had his head very badly smashed with a blow from an enormous cudgel. As my father was examining the 'wound,' the poor fellow broke out as follows: Och, Docthor! Docthor! I shall die! I shall die!'
''Oh! no, MICKEY,' said my father, 'you won't die; you'll get up and be all right yet.'
Och! no Doctor, I shall die-I know I shall; and av I jist had the praste here to confiss me and administher the last sacramint, I would n't care a d-n.'
''Here,' says father, 'I could stand it no longer; I had to break out into a peal of laughter.'
'But my paper is fast flowing away. I had intended to send you still another, but I must wait.
'Accept my sincere wishes for the success and prosperity of the KNICKERBOCKER, and believe me Yours very truly,
THE following tale hath high authority and is 'recorded:'
WM. L. ENGLISH.'
'DR. PERLAM and a well and favorably known contributor to the KNICK' (ahem!) were boasting of what they had eaten.
"I have eaten chamois,' quoth CONTRIB.
"And I have eaten a coyote,' quoth the Doctor.
"I once finished an alligator-steak,' was the rejoinder.
"And I a piece of wolverine.'
"I have eaten a porcupine.'
"And I a fox-chop.'
"And I gru-gru-grubs.'
"And I once ate a monkey,' exclaimed the Doctor as a clincher. 'I told the story, my dear KNICK, to your other contributor, Miss pretty cry she exclaimed: The CANNIBAL!'
'P. S. You need n't send the Doctor his copy of KNICK for this month. 'P. P. S.: If he asks, do n't tell him.
'Wallabout, June 1.'
With a very
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