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THE BABY BARBER.

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THE BABY BARBER. SHAVBD BY LITTLE FOUR-YEAR-OLD NELLIE WICK. Shaved by a baby! And one of the priettiest, most engagiag little babies in the world! A Pall Mall Gazette reporter thus apostrophizes little Nellie Wick, the baby barber, who on Wednesday evening shaved five men in twelve minutes and II never turned a hair." It was to see this prodigy that our representative wended his way yesterday afternoon to the further end of King's-road, Chelsea, and there, at No. 418, made the acquain- tance of Professor Teddy Wick and his talented family, the" Champion shavers of the World." Yes, for Mrs Wick and Mr Wick, Master Wick, and Miss Nellie Wick, all are professed shavers and Master Teddy Wick, a young shaver of three, is literally pining to become a barber too, and invariably insists upon lathering the customers who are about to sit under little Nellie's razor. Little Nellie is a sweet-faced mischievous-eyed little bird of four, with hair the colour of old gold and eyes as blue as the Neapolitan sky, and with a joyous laugh that charms the heart of all her acquaintances. Her father, "Professor" Teddy, is quite a young man, but he haa already made a name and earned fame by his shaving feats at the Royal Aquarium, and he proudly informed our representative that he had only been teaching Nellie to shave for six months. "Will sbe shave me?" asked our represen- tative. Oh yea, indeed." And won't cut me ? Certainly not. But you shall see her shave me first if you like. Here she is, Nellie will you shave this gentleman ? The sweet little face puckered up, the eyes looked the Pall MaU reporter fall in the face; then, with a little shy, impudent smile: II No!" Ob, yes, you will; do shave me," pleaded our reporter. L want to tell all the ladies and gentlemen how clever you are, and—I'll give you a silver penny to put in your money-box." "Your beard is to hard!" Oh, never mind that—come and try." So away ran the little one, and while her father was stropping a razor (for she is not quite up to that yet, although she possesses a pair of beautiful tortoise-shell handled razors, and strenuously objects to using any others) she put a chair along- side the shaving chair, clambered into it, put a towel around our reporter's neck, lathered him, and then struck an attitude while waiting for the razor. With wonderful dexterity, when she received the tool, she ran it over our represen- tative's face, stretching the skin tight with her tiny plump fingers, and rounding corners and getting along the edges of the jaws with all the facility of an old band. Only occasionally did her father say, "Keep it flat, Nellie," when the little hand had or seemed to have some difficulty in getting the razor over our reporter's stiff stubble. The little one's remarks, too, were funaily characteristic: Hold your head over, sir, please." Shave up, air P Thank you, sir." Powder ? That's right, sir, thank you." One expected to hear the tiny voice say "Next!" but it didn't. The operation over—and it certainly was a perfectly satisfactory shave-away the little fairy trotted, with a laugh, for a romp with the younger, and even more ambitious, brother. Do they like shaving?" was asked, to which Mr Wick replied that the children would cry if not allowed to use the razor. They have learnt their art upon Mr Wick's own face, and Nellie e3pecially used, with spontaneous humour, to cry whenever she happened to cut her father's face, It's only a pimple daddy! and so laugh away the pain of the wound But she is an accomplished barber now she has shaved five men inside of twelve minutes, and it is only real pimples that she ever cuts now.

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