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In which secure they thought to say
An Ass they call'd" Black Bob" began
A visitor, who now came in,
Who might have boasted nobler kin,
And thus the long-ear'd throng address'd :
And who will dare refuse Reform?
An Ass, well known upon the town,
THE LONG-EARED REFORMERS.
And, thoughtless of the nation's cares,
Had long since made Reform his trade;
And now he rose to urge to action
A Revolution must take place,
And we shall thrive on man's disgrace.
His head was but a pond'rous block,
Learn hence, ye T-rs, to be quiet,
[From the Morning Chronicle, May 14.]
THE Celebration of the Triumph of Mummery - over the legitimate Drama, consummated in the rejection of Mr. Mellish's Bill, was commemorated at the White Horse Cellar last Friday. The Patentces of
* An Ass of some note.
Covent Garden were seated at the top of a horse-shoe table, which was filled by the troop of equestrians. Several deputies from the provincial booths were also present the Hottentot Venus was at a side-table, as the smell of meat affects her, being accustomed to live chiefly on train-oil. The dinner abounded in all the delicacies of the season: The only novelties were a roasted haunch of a two-year old filly, which Mr. Harris declared in his opinion to be equal to venison, and a fricassee of horse-beans, of which it was observed Mr. Kemble ate a prodigious quantity, upou the principle that they greatly improve the wind. The wines were excellent and in profusion, and the utmost hilarity prevailed. Among the toasts we noticed, with particular pleasure, some highly anti-dramatic and appropriate." Confusion to Shakspeare" was drank with three times three; "The Four-in-Hand Club, and success to them;"-" May Riding flourish and Plays decay;""The Veterinaria, breaking, backing, and bitting ;"-"The Cause of still-vaulting all over the world," &c. &c.-Two or three very ingenious sentiments were added by a fire-eater, whose name we could not learn- Monopolizing Patentees, and the Spaniards;" and "You may bring a Horse to the water, but you can't make him drink;" and many others equally good, which memory failed us to record. Upon Mr. Harris's health being drank, that Gentleman got up and returned thanks, but in so low a voice we could with difficulty ascertain what he said. He adverted with great feeling to the O. P. war, which bad considerably embarrassed him. He confessed he had long balanced between tumblers and horses, as a stimulus to public curiosity, but decided on the latter as the greatest and most monstrous novelty. At this period of Mr. H.'s speech Mr. Sheridan came into the room, dinner being as usual completely over; and his health being proposed to be
given, he begged for a short delay, till he had taken a snack, which was immediately procured: during his repast he conversed with his usual affability with the Hottentot Venus on various topics-the modes of making love and war, and hasty-pudding, in Africa; the size of their Theatres; the merits of their dramatic writers; and the amount of their national debt. To all which she answered in a way which astonished and delighted him. In return, she expatiated on his transcendant abilities, and put into his hands a manuscript Melo-Drama, founded on the story of Aningait and Ajut, which he, according to immemorial custom, put into his pocket, and promised to read the earliest possible opportunity. Mr. Kemble's health being now given, he rose, and in a speech, to which it is impossible to do adequate justice, embraced and elucidated a variety of topics. He treated, with merited contempt, the squibs and crackers which had exploded against him in the newspapers-they called him Marshal Neigh, and sneered at his having con-fessed that he derived benefit from breathing a horsedung atmosphere on the principles of the immortal Beddoes; but supported, as he was, by the good opinion of the respectable society (hear! hear!) then present, and particularly distinguished by the countenance of one man, whose praise was fame, he suffered the clamours of the public to pass by him like the idle wind, unregarded-"Yes," said he, "scandal had gone so far as to insinuate that my predilection for Horses was such, that, like Lord Monboddo's original man, I had determined to let my tail grow, and go on all fours-what then was the conduct of my dear, my highly-endowed friend?-he got up in the great; -Council of the Nation, and openly declared the report -unfounded, and that I had all my life acted, and still. intended to act, on my two legs. What he further, smentioned there on the subject of the depravity of