Books: Gentlemen of the Road

STAND AND DELIVER (287 pp.)—Patrick Pringle—Norton ($3.75).

Bold Turpin vunce,on Hounslow Heath,

His bold mare Bess bestrode -er ;

Yen there he see'd the Bishop's coach

A-coming along the road -er.

So he gallops close to the 'orse's legs,

And he claps his head vithin;

And the Bishop says, "Sure as eggs is eggs,

This here's the bold Turpin!"

Says Turpin, "You shall eat your words,

With a sarse of leaden bul-let";

So he puts his pistol to his mouth,

And he fires it down his gullet.

—Sam Weller

The courtesy of the road, in truth as in ballad, was...

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