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THE DUNMOW FLITCH OF BACON.

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THE DUNMOW FLITCH OF BACON. (From the Daily News). The ancient custom of Dunmow falls due on Monday next, and a weekly contemporary learns that there is some excitement in the neighbourhood, in consequence of a rumour that a London theatrical manager is about to take the matter in hand, and dispose the flitch of bacon with great ctremony. There are to be a band, bicycle races, and all the out-door shows which make up all the fun of a fair. The respectable inhabitants of the place, it ii said, strongly object to the proposed festi val. The greasy prize has not been given away since 1855, when Mr. Harrison Ainsworth, who, it may be re- membered, wrote a book on the subject, presented the flitch to a Mr. and Mrs. Barlow. The Dunmow people are right in trying to get rid of this relic of a rude time when low jokes were the order of the day. As for the enterprising manager who contemplates making capital out of the flitch, he might really turn his talent to better account. We should like to know who "the very popular M.P." is who is to be associated with him in the speculation— -or rather who is to be made one of the attractions with the gam- mon and Darby and Joan. Couldn't this M. P. find anything better to do in his holidays than aiding what, to say the least of it, is an indecent disturbance of the peace of a quiet little town ?

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