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.A SURRY WONDER

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One of the most readable articles in the July issue of the "Windsor Magazine" is that on Haslemere as a. literary centre. Some good auecdqtes are told concerning the many distinguished men whose names are asso- clated with the place, and the following may be new to manv of our readers. "One Sunday Lord and Lady'Tennyson were resting in the drawing-room, when they were alarmed to see a pair of legs suddenly dangling from an acacia tree on the lawn. The explanation of this unceremonious visit was, on inquiry, quickly forthcoming. The possessor of the limbs in question had climed up the tree to "Catch a sight of the poet! Tennyson thor- oughly entered into the spirit of personal incidents similar to the forthgoing, and took pleasure in relating them to his friends. One concerning the Prince of Wales and the page boy much amused him. With characteristic kindness the poet once engaged a lad from some charity school as page boy. One day the Prince of Wales called, and this youth answered the dcor. 'Is Mr Tennyson in P the Prince inquired. 'S'pose he is, and s'pose he isn't?' the urchin replied. 'Well, I want to know,' good-humouredly replied H.R.H. 'tell him the Prince of Wales wishes to see him.' The garb of an English gentleman did not accord with the youth's notions of royalty. Putting his thumb to his ncse and spreading out his fingers, he said, 'You don't take me for a'Johnny "Green, do you ?' The Prince, with his usual bonhomie, thoroughly enjoyed the boy' blunder."

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