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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

296                       MBMOIES OF JOSEPH GRIMAUDI.

it was no great matter, and they took their hot supper very
comfortably.

There was a crowded audience next night, which was
Gximaldi's benefit and the last of his performance. He played
Acres and Clown, received the cash, bade farewell to the manager,
and hurried to his inn, greatly fatigued by his performance, and
looking forward with much pleasure to the pickled salmon.

"All right to-night, waiter ?" he inquired.

"All right to-night, sir," said the waiter, rubbing his hands.
" Supper is quite ready, sir."

" G-ood! Let me have my bill to-night, because I start early
in the morning."

Grrimaldi turned to the supper-table: there was a dish, with
a cover; the waiter removed it with a flourish, and presented to
his astonished eyes—not the long-expected pickled salmon, but
a veal-cutlet. These repeated disappointments were rather too
much, so he pulled the bell with great vehemence and called for
the landlord.

The landlord came, and Grrimaldi having stated his grievance,
he appeared to understand as little about the matter as his
waiter ; but at length, after many explanations, Grrimaldi
learned to his great surprise, that pickled salmon was an article
unknown in Newcastle, all Newcastle pickled salmon being
sent to London for sale. The brilliant waiter not having the
remotest conception of what was wanted, and determined not to
confess his ignorance, had resolved to try all the dishes in the
most general request until he came to the right one.

Grimaldi saw a coal mine on this expedition, his curiosity
having been roused by the manager's glowing description. "We
should rather say that he went down into one, for his survey
was brief enough. He descended some two or three hundred
feet in a basket, and was met at the bottom of the shaft by a
guide, who had not conducted him far, when a piece of coal,
weighing about three tons, fell with a loud noise upon a spot
OTer which they had just passed.ed to was rendered easy to him in its liquidation. Mr. Hughes's subsequent