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speak in the course of the evening-invariably adjust his pipe in the particular way we have mentioned.

When it happens (which it seldom does) that neither “My Grand” nor his deputy enters the Hall in time to take the chair, any person present is eligible to the office of president for the evening, in the event of a motion for his being chosen to it, being made and carried. On such occasions, if a stranger be in the room, a hoax is played off at his expense, by his being elected president for the evening, and then made to pay a certain penalty for the honour. A short time ago, a Yorkshireman, remarkable for his money-getting and money-keeping propensities, who had heard a great deal about the Cogers, and was consequently anxious to see what sort of animals they were, determined, on the very first night of his arrival in town, to pay a visit to their Hall. He was accompanied by two friends—one of them, Mr. Huggins, as celebrated for his waggeries as for his literary abilities, which are certainly very great. Seeing the chair empty on their entrance, and it being past the usual time of “My Grand's” arrival, the wag had scarcely taken his seat when he rose and said—“Gentlemen, seeing the chair unoccupied, I have infinite pleasure in rising to propose that we choose, as our president for the evening, my very worthy and esteemed friend, Mr. John Rogers, who sits on my right. He has never been here before; indeed, this is the first day he has ever put foot in the metropolis."

The object of Mr. Huggins in making the intimation, was at once understood, and all prepared forthwith for a cordial co-operation with him in the hoax about to be practised.

“Yes, gentlemen," continued Mr. Huggins, “my excellent friend has never been in London before; but, notwithstanding that, I know enough of his intellectual acquirements, combined with his business habits (which are of the first-rate order), to justify me in saying that he

will make an admirable chairinan.

admirable chairman. (Loud cheers, amidst which Mr. Rogers, as he himself afterwards remarked, blushed“ profoundly," and held down his head.) Without one word of farther preface, therefore, I propose that Mr. Rogers do take the chair."

“I second the motion with all my heart," said the other friend of Mr. Rogers.

The question was put, and carried amidst acclamations, which almost threatened to cause an explosion of the Hall.

The artist then took Mr. Rogers by the hand, and conducted him to the chair with an edifying observance of etiquette.

“Gentlemen,” said Mr. Rogers, betaking himself to his legs, after he had graced the chair for a few seconds in a sitting posture

gentlemen, I do assure you that this is a most unexpected, as it soortainly is a most undeserved, honour. When I coom to Lunnun this morning, I never dreamt of any such distinction being conferred upon me.

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tlemen, remember, with the deepest gratitude, this night till the hour of my death. I thank you, from the bootoom of my heart, for the hoonour you have done me.”

“Mr. Chairman,” said Mr. Huggins, "you have great reason to be proud of the high and honourable position to which you have been elevated by the unanimous votes, and amidst the loudest acclamations, of this most respectable-indeed, I may say philosophical, assemblage.”

Mr. Rogers made a low bow, put his hand to his breast, while his physiognomy, which was of very ample proportions, deeply coloured from ear to ear, and from the summit of his brow to the lower extremity of his chin.

“But, Mr. Chairman," continued Mr. Huggins, “something more than mere thanks is always expected, and indeed exacted, on such an occasion as this, before commencing the business of the evening. A small penalty is

Mr. Rogers started at the word penalty, and then looked marvellously grave.

“A small penalty is always imposed on any gentleman who has, for the first time, conferred upon him the distinguished honour which you have this evening received, amidst universal and deafening applause. That penalty is"

Here John looked as if he would burst, from the intensity of his anxiety to learn what the nature and amount of the penalty were.

“That penalty, Mr. Chairman, is the placing of five guineas in the hands of the treasurer, for the purpose of getting your portrait taken to hang on the walls of this room."

Mr. Rogers stood aghast. He was too confounded to utter a word.

“But," resumed Mr. Huggins, with the greatest possible gravity—“but, Mr. Chairman, if, from delicacy or other considerations, you have any objection to your likeness being taken and affixed to these walls, you can escape that penalty by submitting to another, which,

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