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Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870

By Hutchinson, Joshua

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Title: Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870  
Author: Hutchinson, Joshua
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: THE UMBRELLA. A VIEW OF THE SHADY SIDE OF LIFE. A ripe pippin falling upon the head of Sir ISAAC NEWTON (a clear case of hard cider on the brain) suggested the laws of gravitation. An elderly countryman passing my window this clear bright day, attended by his faithful umbrella, suggested the following reflections. The term Umbrella comes from the Latin umbra, a shade?the whole signifying ?keep shady.? This definition well describes the nature of the article; for, as it undoubtedly ?keeps shady? in fine weather when the sun is fervent, so it is apt to ?keep shady? in rainy weather, when most wanted. It is as difficult to say when the umbrella came, or where it came from, as it is to tell where it goes to. Rumor hath it, however, that it came in (that is, out of the rain) with NOAH. The story (as given us by an antiquarian relative) says that when the Ark was built the camelopard was forgotten, and it was found necessary to cut a hole in the roof to accommodate the animal?s neck. This done, SHEM sat upon the roof and held an umbrella. SHEM thus raised the umbrella. Then our further question follows, Where did he raise it? Evidently he raised the umbrella on the Ark. These theories seem to us to be entitled to serious consideration; and certainly it is a reasonable belief that, as the present suffering from the high price of clothing is due to the sin of our first parents, so the umbrella is the curse entailed by royalty.

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Table of Contents: Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870, 1 -- Various, 1 -- THE UMBRELLA. A VIEW OF THE SHADY SIDE OF LIFE, 7 -- Depressing for Chicago, 8 -- Latest from the Isthmus of Suez, 9 -- Right and Left, 9 -- THE PLAYS AND SHOWS, 9 -- LOST AT SEA, 9 -- HOW TO BEHAVE AT A THEATRE, 12 -- V. H. to Punchinello, 15 -- ARRAH WHAT DOES HE MANE AT ALL?, 17 -- Travellers' Tales, 20 -- ORANGE?PEEL, ET. CETERA, 20 -- THE DWARF DEJECTED, 24 -- ODE TO THE MISSING COLLECTOR, 27 -- THE MARRIAGE MARKET IN ROME, 31


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