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Rick.- Who? What? How? Who has dared to lay hands on my valet ?
Pel.-'The Messrs. Holdfast. Why have they laid hold of you by the throat," said I, “You are a stupid brule," said be.
WALTER, KATZRABE; SOME CATCH-POLLS AND THE PREÇBEDING.
Mal.-Here, Mr. Von Rückenmark, I bring you the rascal back who wanted to run off with your money-Fortunately, I was in the Golden Fox while he was drinking toasts at :sucbn rate with thit: sh t'ps-skull there. The ihing looked suspicious-Bul at last when I heard hiin seud the waiter for a posl-chaise, smell a ral, took a couplo al catcii-polls with me as assistants, posted mysell. at the galy of the town and there we caught him- Here is your money. Now, I hope you will allow me to be an houest manHere are soar 50 dollars also. It is quite enongh for me that the Magistraçe sentenced you to the penaliv-My hovor I can never permut to be purchased with money-Firewell. (exit.)
Riirk ---Stop, stop, my son, Don't be too hard with him--Explain yoursell, my good friend, how the thing bappened. Some other very powerful organ nust have been acied nipon.
Kal-Alas, your honour, I bave twelve little children, and they are all slarvmg.
Riick--- Let me see (he feels the back of his hend) Yes, there is js.
An enormous organ op the love of offspring. I was sure of il ---It was not possible otherwise.
Car.---But the other inan, viib the organ of thest, who brought you your money back again ?
Riick.---What will you bet :hat he has not got a still stronger organi of variety and ilirsų of fame: if that were not the çuse de would bave let the maller alone.
Car.---(uside.) He is incurable.
Riick.---Come my bonest Katzrabe, I'll rid you of these fellows--You are very much frightened I uin sure.
Katz.--- Alas, your honor, my twelve poor children.
R:ick.---Well, well, but 2000 Louis-d'ors was a liule too much. If I had only felt that organ before I should have known in ovre, what to think of the malludi---Come wilde me lo my room, we'll" give the letlows something I drink, and sco. is its wortli' bile lo Alaining their skulls (exit with d'alzrube und the cutch-polls.)
Pel.--) must go and see where my dear brother puls'up' (exil.)
Ed...- li is fortonale that my father has little more to lose, this Kavzrabe would plunder him of every thing:
Car.---And your father would still maintain to his last penny that he was an honest Sellos. Such a man, as he is, never ceases to be rich as long as he is not subbed of bis system.
MR. VON BOMBECK (with a box) AND THE PIECEEDING.
Car.--Good, good! Now, let iis. cbristen them quickly beforo. the old gentleman comes. Nota Bene. You received the lieads from France--- A friend of yours had ordered them at an (murning expence. Your friend of course is also an adherent of the news system, ---would not part with ihe skulls at any price,---ıhey are all articles for a museuin: and so forth.---Now let us see them.
Boinb.---The Sexion has given me all their names.---This was an old woman---a fortunule teller---who carried on her business in the suburbs.
Car...We'll make her chevalier Bayard.
Bomb.---This skull belonged to a Negro who in a gentleman's house here.
Car.---Negro-skulls are certainly not in the best repute, but we'll conler an honor on this one. This is Voltaire's skull stolen from ihe Pantheon.
Bomb....This was once Sexton of St. Sebald's Church.
Bomb... This bead is said to have been a little cracked. It belonged to a love-sick girl.
Car...-We'll christen it, Robespierre.
are still visible on this skull. He was a Dragoon, killed in the late war,
Car....The maid of Orleans.
Em.---It never occurred to any of these good folks that they were to. help me to a husband,
Car ---They may ibank us for making them even after death do clever things.
Bomb---ll it succeeds it will really furnish the ground-work of & Comedy,
Chr-Heads would then nod indeed.
MR. Von RückENNARK AND THB PRECEEDING.
Riirko-The matter is settled. Aba, Mr. Von Bombeck! YOR are come about the bond, I suppose. The money is ready.
Bomb.---No, Mr. Von Rückenmark, I am not come about the bond, but to hestow a pleasure on you alıbough you deny me the enjurient of lite.
Riick-No such thing. As far as I am concerned, you may enjoy yourself as much as you please and wherever you can.
Bom.) bave a rich friend in Poland who is just as enthusiastically devolled to the science of skulls as you are, and has spent immense sums upon it.
Riick.—Has he a collection ? Can it be compared with mine?
Bonb.-Not yet perhaps, but he collects onceasingly and spares neither pains tor money- ..-as he knows that I possess an extended aircle of acquaintance in France he has charged me to order for 1119 six most remarkable skulls which really could ogly be pure defned for their weight in gold and at the peril of life. I have skiceeded however and the skolls are just arrived. Before I diss palch them further I wish to do you the pleasure of Jetting you sed and examine them.
Rück. Very much obliged. What skulls are they?
Bomb.-Chevalier Bayard, Voltaire, Cagliostro, Robespierre, The maid of Orleans and Cartouche.
Rück.- What the dance !. Have you really got them in your power? My dear friend! where? where? where ?
Bomb.-Here! (he uncovers the box.)
Riick.Odds Bobbs! Hush ! Hosh! Don't speak to me,-not & word, not a syllable-you shall now witness the triumph of crai niology. Throw these skulls pell mell to-gether just as you like, I'll still pick out each individual one.
see wit here That is Voltaire. Here courage ? That is Bayard. Here Theoso. ply? Thut is the maid of Orleans.
Bomb.-Positively! I am astonished.
RiicinHere is cunning! That is Cagliostro. The two last are difficult to distingnisi brivcen, lur they both have an enormous organ of murder larger even than thul of our friend here, Mr. Von Hellstern.
Car. --Much obliged.
Riick. But it is intimately united in this one with the organ of thell-I should imagine it therefore to be Cartouche.
Bomb. You have guessed it.
Rijck. - Hear me, my dear friend. You inust make over these skulls to me.
Bomb.-That I cannot do.
Ricki-We'll make an exchange - I'll give you 10 of my Lacedomonians for them.
Bomb.-I dare not.
Riick.-Demand what you please.-I'll sell my last coat off my back,
Bomb.- My friend knows already that the skulls are on their way. Riick.-- Write him word that they were seized by highwaymen.
Bomb.-0 ! highwaymun never lay hold of such commodities as these.
Rick.- Or that they were coming by sea and that the ship had foundered.
Bomb.--I really do not know why I should deceive my friend ?
Riick.-Because you will prescive my life by it, I beseech you for Heaven's sake! I cannot suffer these skulls to leave the house again.
Bomb.— They will nevertheless go off by the post this very evening.
Riick. My dear friend! I am becoming desperate, I shall uso violence.
Bonb.- Ay ! ay ! Mr. Von Rückenmark-If I had thought of using violence too when you denied that one single head which I BU passionately long lo possess
Riick.–My dear friend! That is but one paltry skull. How conld you compare it with a Robespierre, a Cartouche ?
Bomb.--And yet this head that smiles so lovely upon me would be the only equivalent.
Riick.-Hear me, Mr. Theosophist! Are you in earnest ? Bomb.-To gratily you I would commit treason against friendship.
Riick.--Yes, if that is- you have no vestige of the organ of music
but six such skuils.
" Car.-Stop, stop, Mr. Vun Rückenmak! you forget what gou promised me.
Riick.-But my dear friend! What shall I do if the man will not give me the skulls at any other price? I wish I had as many daughters as these sleeping Virgins-1 would pay two daughters for every one of these skulls.
Car.--But I cannot surrender my pretensions. I bave your word and band,
Riick.- My dear friend ! Don't drive me to despair.
to assist my father in this treasure, and at the same time confer on me, your bosom friend, a never-to-be-forgollen benefit? You under. stand me?
Car:-You demand much-But I cannot withstand the prayers of friendship-My abominable organ of adhesiveness com pels me.
Riick.-Do you give me my promise back ?
Car.-Upon one condition. I have a sister with whom your son has fallen in love, a good silly creature, who loves him in Seturn very affectionately--Il you now will give my sister to your son instead of Miss Von Stuzrwald with the triangular head, let it be a bargain-1 will sacrifice myself magnanimously.
Riick.-llas your sister the organ of music ?
Riick.- Indeed! I hope a little more love of offspring and a little less appetite for morder. What shall I do? The maid of Orleans I can
never part with, he may rather marry the devil himself who has no organ of music either. Car-My sister is alone at the Ind. May I
May I carry her your blessing this evening ?
Riick. - In the name of heaven! The skulls are mine.
Car-Friend Hellstern however sets off to-day, for could he wite ness the happiness of his rival ?
Riick.-Set ont in bcaven's name (to Bomberk) Son-in-law the bargain is concluded. Huzza ! the skulls are mine. (He runs off with the bor.)
Car.- Thank me for it and mark the lesson.
He who plays with systems becomes himself the tool of all who Gre cunning enough to caress his hobby-horso.