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(without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXX.
The Baron arrives in England--the Colossus of Rhodes comes to
congratulate him--Great rejoicings on the Baron's return, and a
tremendous concert--The Baron's discourse with Fragrantia, and her
opinion of the Tour to the Hebrides. Having arrived in England once
more the greatest rejoicings were made for my return; the whole
city seemed one general blaze of illumination, and the Colossus of
Rhodes, hearing of my astonishing feats, came on purpose to England
to congratulate me on such unparalleled achievements. But above all
other rejoicings on my return, the musical oratorio and song of
triumph were magnificent in the extreme. Gog and Magog were ordered
to take the maiden tower of Windsor, and make a tambourine or great
drum of it. For this purpose they extended an elephant's hide,
tanned and prepared for the design, across the summit of the tower,
from parapet to parapet, so that in proportion this extended
elephant's hide was to the whole of the castle what the parchment
is to a drum, in such a manner that the whole became one great
instrument of war. To correspond with this, Colossus took Guildhall
and Westminster Abbey, and turning the foundations towards the
heavens, so that the roofs of the edifices were upon the ground, he
strung them across with brass and steel wire from side to side, and
thus, when strung, they had the appearance of most noble dulcimers.
He then took the great dome of St. Paul's, raising it off the earth
with as much facility as you would a decanter of claret. And when
once risen up it had the appearance of a quart bottle. Colossus
instantly, with his teeth, cracked off the superior part of the
cupola, and then applying his lips to the instrument, began to
sound it like a trumpet. 'Twas martial, beyond description--tantara
--tar a--ta During th...
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