Observer, Volume 5, Issue 125, 3 February 1883, Page 331
The old gentleman who took upon himself the duties of guard to the praying maidens was absent upon escort " duty " to his wife one evening, so the mice played — or tried to play — a trick on the girls by placing a rope across the door. However, the hopes of catching the girls in their arms as they stumbled were doomed to disappointment, as the rope would not act, and the Dragon was upon guard again.... How shocking of those giddy girls to have burst out laughing while some were praying the other evening. One young damsel is so disgusted that she says she will never honour them with her presence again... The street arabs who witnessed the departure of the widower with his fiancee for their Sunday drive, after betting about the probable cost, had recourse to blows ; and it was — all on account of Eliza ! . . .Is that bilious green suit of T.H.s supposed to be early English, Japanese, or Florentine (fourteenth century) ?...Hint for that old gentleman who makes it his boast that he knows how to get the best "catches" for Ms girls — Adopt half-a-dosen Hawke's Bay spinsters to keep his hand in, that's all.