2 MEMOIKS OF JOSEPH GEOOIDI.
above the stage doors; and one of the glass drops was struck
with some violence against the eye or countenance of the Turkish
Ambassador aforesaid. The dignity of this great personage
being much affronted, a formal complaint was made to the
Court of Prance, who gravely commanded "Iron Legs" to:
apologize, which "Iron Legs" did in due form, to the great
amusement of himself, and the court, and the public ; and, in
short, of everybody else but the exalted gentleman whose person,
had been grievously outraged. The mighty affair terminated
in the appearance of a squib, which has been thus translated :—
Hail, Iron Legs! immortal pair,
Agile, firm knit, and peerless,
That sMm the earth, or vault in air, :
Aspiring high and fearless.
Glory of Paris! outdoing compeers,
Brave pair! may nothing hurt ye;
Scatter at wfll our chandeliers,
And tweak the nose of Turkey.
And should a too presumptuous foe
But dare these shores to land on,
His well-kicked men shall quickly know
We've Iron Legs to stand on.
This circumstance occurred on the Prench stage. The first
Grimaldi* who appeared in England was the father of the sub-
* Giuseppe Grimaldi was really " Iron Legs j'" of the grandfather no parti-
mflars are known. The father of our Joe was originally a pantomime actor > at
•fts-feirs in Italy and Eranee, at the time these fairs supplied the French, Theatre
est dancers that hare conferred distinction on that stage.
t in England was at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket,
nd of ballet proving attractive, similar dances were intro- ',
iteed eaiJp in the season 1753,1759, on the boards of Drury Lane and Oovent
Gw<Iein.*Ehesfees. At the former, tinder Garriek's management, a new panto- '•
safeae dance, entitled "The Millers," was performed for the first time, October !
iSSh, VK; in wMeh Signer Grimaldi, it was announced, made his first appear- !
•MB oa the English Stage. A writer in the "London Chronicle," in'reference •
to ftis pi«e, observes, as regards the debutant—" Grimaldi is a man of great
gfeeogth aad agility s he indeed treads the air. If he has any fault, he is rather
teoeomksl; sndrrom some feats ofhis performing, whiehlhave been awitness :
ta» a* tfc King's Theatre, in the Haymarket, those spectators will see him, it is :
any w^moa, with most pleasure, who are least solicitous whether he breaks Ms