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(F rum the Auckland Stur-) The other night two women were about retiring to rest, and one of them lingered awhile in her friend’s room, probablj' to finish off the remnant of some scrap of gossip. Mr. A , strolling past, saw a shadow on the blind, and being a peculiar fellow, he must go nearer; presently his nose was perched on the window sill, and his right eye stealing glances round the corner of the blind. Mr. A. may have not calculated on the eilact caused” by a Ponsonby gas lamp shining behind him. One of the women observed the intruder’s head shadowed forth, and she quietly slipped round the house with a pot of dirty water. Her slippered feet enabled her to come on the gentleman in a noiseless manner. Mr. A may have been out on an astronomical tour, and in his zeal may have been comparing notes between the celestial Venus, and the aspect of a human Venus. The up-turned bucket however, put a sudden stop to his sublime reflections, and as the stream poured down the astronomer’s neck and face he raised his head with a yell. But his troubles wore not (quite over, for as he raised his eyes, the slop-bucket descended, and was forced by a pair of strong female arms over bis head. There was a total eclipse of the man. His gaily-tasseled smoking cap, and the underlying expressive physiognomy were obscured in the chaotic darkness of its tin surroundings, and as he dashed the unwelcome headgear to the ground and fled, he heard the mocking laugh of the virtuous amazon as she called out, “Won’t you take another peep, sir ?"

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880

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“WON’T YOU TAKE ANOTHER PEEP, SIR.” Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880