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He softly raised his window and, with water-jug aloft, Poured icy liquid right into a horn! You bet your boots that kitten spluttered oft, and oft, and oft', And fondly wished that he had ne'er been born. And that was not the only ill that overtook the band; The vocalist was struck right on the head With the water-jug, which slipped from out the surly neighbour's han4 The others thoueht that hapless kitten dead.

A mighty ram—a fearsomo brute—with savage horns that curled, Was maddened by the music-making cats. At the fence, where four were seated, his savage hulk he hurled, And cried he'd never heard so many flats! In an instant all was uproar. The cats with terror yelled. For safety, one jumped right into the drum! One scurried off in fearful fright to where the Squire-cat dwelled, And pleaded that to rescue them he'd como.

TEe'Squire was very much amused to see tho havoc wrought, And said he'd try to put tho matter right; He gave them sticking-plaster that, with forethought, ho had brought, And invited them to play on Christmas night. That night they blew with might and main—not one of them in tune; And Tabby, with her big drum, bumped it loud. Their masterpiece, the ditty how " The cow jumped o'er the moon,"Drew cats from all around—a mighty crowd.

Tho Squire had counted on this turn, and had a ghost at hand. He winked; and Butler-cat threw wide the door. 'A fearful beast—a giant cat!—marched straight towards the band, And every bandsman scurried o'er the floor. The Kitten Concert Company no longer practice tunes, Their instruments lie silent and forlorn; No one has heard their music now for many, manv moons; The Squire's the only onejvho blows his horol

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[All Rights Reserved.] THE KITTEN CONCERT COMPANY; OR THE CHRISTMAS WAITS., Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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[All Rights Reserved.] THE KITTEN CONCERT COMPANY; OR THE CHRISTMAS WAITS. Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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