the English Game Laws, and that you will have to take a sporting chance.
While you are still in the act of wavering the son of the house says, "Try a little huia."
If you like the look of this specimen of Polynesian poultry you signify your acceptance in the customary manner; otherwise, in parliamentary phraseology, "The Oos have it."
For my own part I fancy that, unless or until some of these unusual fowls are extinct, I shall not visit Polynesia, but rest content with Purley. Our dinner-parties may be dull, but at least one knows one's way about among the dishes.
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[Illustration: _Fed-up Owner_ (_to holiday Artist_). "CHARMING, MY DEAR YOUNG LADY--CHARMING--WITH ONE IMPORTANT OMISSION. YOU'VE FORGOTTEN TO PUT IN THE NOTICE ON THE TREE."]
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A BALLAD OF THE EARLY WORM.
The gentle zephyr lightly blows Across the dewy lawn, And sleepily the rooster crows, "Beloved, it is dawn."
The little worms