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CHAPTER II. Myles Cuolahan, oblivious of the children, was at his
club, a select circle of Irish gentlemen who used to meet nightly,
or on such nights as were convenient, for the club was one of
Perpetual Adoration of Bacchus, at that famous tavern the Fox and
Hounds. This was a night of more than common interest, for it was
Monday, and there were gathered together, quite by accident, a
collection of celebrities of whom Ireland had indeed reason to be
proud. There was Paddy Flinn, hero of a hundred fights, whose life
and exploits are recorded in the chronicles of the P.E.; Anthony
Noon, than whom none better wielded a bunch of fives; and Alick
Eeed, a heavy-weight who feared not even to withstand the godlike
twins, first patrons of the Art of Boxing. There was 0'Carrol,
whocould prove lineal descent from the Irish kings of the same
name, and now deemed it no dishonour to advance civilization as a
hodman. There was Tape the "translator," of whom it is related
that, being once entrusted with a pair of boots to translate,?that
is, to fit with new solesj and heels?he disposed of the raw
material for what it would fetch as leather in the rough, and drank
the proceeds, afterwards humorously translating the boots by means
of the binding of an old leather-bound volume which happened to be
lying handy. He was the same man who, one Sunday morning, was left
in charge of as noble a piece of beef as was ever dropped into a
pot to boil, while his mates went out to drink. The temptation of
thirst came upon him: I grieve to say that Mr. Tape yielded to the
whisperings of the devil, took out the beef, replacing it by a
lapstone, and sold it for what it would fetch in old ale. When the
two mates came back in time to boil the cabbage they naturally took
the joke in ill part, and the honest transl...
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