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Faces and Places by Sir Henry W. Lucy

The Whitefriars Library of Wit & Humour

FACES AND PLACES

by

HENRY W. LUCY (Author of "East by West: A Record of a Journey Round the World")

With Portrait of the Author and Illustrations

London: Henry and Co, Bouverie Street, Ec

_To J.R. Robinson, Editor and Manager of the "Daily News", at whose suggestion some of these articles were written, they are in their collected form inscribed, with sincere regard, by an old friend and colleague._

London, _February_ 1892.

CONTENTS

Chap. Page

I. "FRED" BURNABY 1 II. A NIGHT ON A MOUNTAIN 23 III. THE PRINCE OF WALES 35 IV. A HISTORIC CROWD 41 V. WITH PEGGOTTY AND HAM 52 VI. TO THOSE ABOUT TO BECOME JOURNALISTS 62 VII. A CINQUE PORT 69 VIII. OYSTERS AND ARCACHON 77 IX. CHRISTMAS EVE AT WATT'S 86 X. NIGHT AND DAY ON THE CARS IN CANADA 100 XI. EASTER ON LES AVANTS 108 XII. THE BATTLE OF MERTHYR 125 XIII. MOSQUITOES AND MONACO 137 XIV. A WRECK IN THE NORTH SEA 145 XV. A PEEP AT AN OLD HOUSE OF COMMONS 152 XVI. SOME PREACHERS I HAVE KNOWN:-- Mr. Moody 170 "Bendigo" 176 "Fiddler Joss" 181 Dean Stanley 184 Dr. Moffat 187 Mr. Spurgeon 190 In the Ragged Church 196

FACES AND PLACES

CHAPTER I.

"FRED" BURNABY

I made the acquaintance of Colonel Fred Burnaby in a balloon. In such strange quarters, at an altitude of over a thousand feet, commenced a friendship that for years was one of the pleasantest parts of my life, and remains one of its most cherished memories.

It was on the 14th of September, 1874. A few weeks earlier two French aeronauts, a Monsieur and Madame Duruof, making an ascent from Calais, had been carried out to sea, and dropping into the Channel, had passed through enough perils to make them a nine days' wonder. Arrangements had been completed for them to make a fresh ascent from the grounds of the Crystal Palace, and half London seemed to have gone down to Sydenham to see them off. I was young and eager then, and having but lately joined the staff of the _Daily News_ as special correspondent, was burning for an opportunity to distinguish myself. So I went off to the Crystal Palace resolved to go up in the balloon.


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