Do you know where bungalow town is*? It is bounded on the .juorth by the Hape Rivulet, on the ■«ast by a view of the cemetery, on the west by a stream with an unpro-
nounceable—and unspelkble —name, the first syllable of which rhymes with cow, a.iid on ftie south by everywhere else. Bungalow town is a delightful suburb. It is here where you can see houses of the genus Bungalow in the greatest profusion ahd most charming variety. They seem to be contendingl with each other in vaunting their attractions. You oome upor one that takes your fancy, and causes you to break the tenth commandment, but as you continue your perigrinations you see others, and still others, for which you would sooner fracture the aforesaid coimmmlment. It was all very. well for old Moses to tell us not to covet another's, goods, but then he had no experience of Bungalow town, or he would surely have modified the restriction. The bungalows of Bungalow town are not- all homes
of the idle rich, as one might sup ; ■pose. They belong to those who - -earn their 'bread by the labour of their hands, the sweat of their brow, or the working of the grey matter which we .ire told it our _ brain. They take a justifiable pride in their ■ homes, do these bungaloites. Go around Bungalow town in the early morning before the milk has been delivered, r.r.d you will see energetic residents stripped to their singlets, r gndustriouflly digging in their gardens. Or go along again after dark, and you wUI perhaps come across them* with lanterns chasing the festive snail arid ' the slimy voracious ■sling, consigning each (to a well deserved doom. You will also, if you are ol servant, come upon a rose garden, presided over by the genius who instruct* 'the young bunglers— no Bungaloites—in all tilings they should ki'ow here below. In addition to this he also inculcates the duty of keeping honour bright. Genius did 1 s.a v? ■ Yea. verily, for a genius is one who has an infinite capacity f«.,-r taking pains, and who can cultivate the Queen of flowers successfully if he does not? But this-is a digression, a wandering in rosy walks and flowery by-paths, inexcusable .\ben" bungalows are the subject of discussion. But what is a bungalow? Turn to that good friend the dictionary,' and we find the word to bo one of Bengali origin, "Bangalah," a residence of a single floor, and surrounded by a verandah. Simplicity itself! But not so the bungalows of Bungalow town. Here the, verandah gives place to fanciful ovnamentation, Pillars uphold projecting caves, capes, and promoniorie/jut out in unexpected places, and where verandahs should be, you find broad outdoor rooms. Elaboration is. the key note, sometimes 1 resulting in a pleasing production, at
others. presenting a grotesque appearance. If a bunigalow should be what the dictionary tells us, is not the name as applied to the fanciful specimens of architecture under notice just a bungle? But there what of +hat 1 Shut up the dictionary, and accept the fact that the bungalows of Bungalow town arc a pleasinsr feature of Thames architecture, all the more or so by contrast with the
common or garden variety of dwelling to be met with everywhere else. <_
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