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 -   Substantially this dialogue ensued:

THE SCOTCHMAN - He was a vurra fierce grizzly bear, ye ken; and he
rushed at me - Page 220
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Substantially This Dialogue Ensued:

THE SCOTCHMAN - He was a vurra fierce grizzly bear, ye ken; and he rushed at me from behind a jugged rock.

THE NEGRO - Mistah, you means a jagged rock, don't you?

THE SCOTCHMAN - Nay, nay, laddie - a jugged rock.

THE NEGRO - Whut's dat you say? Whut - whut is a jugged rock?

THE SCOTCHMAN (forgetting his accent) - Why, a rock with a jug on it, old chap. (A stage wait to let that soak into them in all its full strength.) A rock with a jug on it would be a jugged rock, wouldn't it - eh?

The pause had been sufficient - they had it now. And from all parts of the house a whoop of unrestrained joy went up.

Witnessing such spectacles as this, the American observer naturally begins to think that the English in mass cannot see a joke that is the least bit subtle. Nevertheless, however, and to the contrary notwithstanding - as Colonel Bill Sterritt, of Texas, used to say - England has produced the greatest natural humorists in the world and some of the greatest comedians, and for a great many years has supported the greatest comic paper printed in the English language, and that is Punch. Also, at an informal Saturday-night dinner in a well-known London club I heard as much spontaneous repartee from the company at large, and as much quiet humor from the chairman, as I ever heard in one evening anywhere; but if you went into that club on a weekday you might suppose somebody was dead and laid out there, and that everybody about the premises had gone into deep mourning for the deceased.

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