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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

HEMOIES OF JOSEPH G&IMALDI.                          19

The child's appearance in the street excited considerable
curiosity, as the appearance of any other child, alone, in such a
costume, might very prohably have done ; hut he was a public
character besides, and the astonishment was proportionate.
"Hollo !" cried one boy, "here's 'Little Joe !J " " Get along,"
said another, " it's the monkey." A third, thought it was the
"bear dressed for a dance;" and the fourth suggested "itmight
be the cat going out to a party," while the more sedate passengers
could not help laughing heartily, and saying how ridiculous it
was to trust such a child in the streets alone. However, he
walked on, with various singular grimaces, until he stopped to
look at a female of miserable appearance, who was reclining on
the pavement, and whose diseased and destitute aspect had
already collected a crowd. The boy stopped, like others, and
hearing her tale of distress, became so touched, that he thrust
his hand into his pocket, and having at last found the bottom of
it, pulled out his guinea, which was the only coin lie had, and
slipped it into her hand; then away he walked again with a

greater air than before.                                     ......

The sight of the embroidered coat, and breeches, and the
paste buckles, and the satin waistcoat and cocked-hat, had
astonished the crowd not a little in the outset; but directly it
was understood that the small owner of these articles had given
the woman a guinea, a great number of people collected around
him, and began shouting and staring by turns most earnestly.
The boy, not at all abashed, headed the crowd, and walked on
very deliberately, with a train a street or two long behind him,
until he fortunately encountered a friend of his father's, who
no sooner saw the concourse that attended him, than he took
Mm in his arms and carried him, despite a few kicks and strug-
gles, in all his brilliant attire, to his grandfather's house, where
he spent the day very much to the satisfaction of all parties
concerned.

02 that year, and not at Christ-