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The Yankee's Fight With The Knights

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HOME again, at Camelot. A morning or two later I found the paper, damp from the press, by my plate at the breakfast table. I turned to the advertising columns, knowing I should find something of personal interest to me there. It was this:


Know that the great lord and illus-
trious Kni8ht, SIR SAGRAMOR LE
DESIROUS naving condescended to
meet the King's Minister, Hank Mor-
gan, the which is surnamed The Boss,
for satisfgction of offence anciently given,
these wilL engage in the lists by
Camelot about the fourth hour of the
morning of the sixteenth day of this
next succeeding month. The battle
will be a l outrance, sith the said offence
was of a deadly sort, admitting of no


Clarence's editorial reference to this affair was to this effect:

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    It will be observed, by a gl7nce at our
    advertising columns, that the commu-
    nity is to be favored with a treat of un-
    usual interest in the tournament line.
    The n ames of the artists are warrant of
    good enterTemment. The box-office
    will be open at noon of the 13th; ad-
    mission 3 cents, reserved seatsh 5; pro-
    ceeds to go to the hospital fund The
    royal pair and all the Court will be pres-
    ent. With these exceptions, and the
    press and the clergy, the free list is strict-
    ly susPended. Parties are hereby warn-
    ed against buying tickets of speculators;
    they will not be good at the door.
    Everybody knows and likes The Boss,
    everybody knows and likes Sir Sag.;
    come, let us give the lads a good send-
    off. ReMember, the proceeds go to a
    great and free charity, and one whose
    broad begevolence stretches out its help-
    ing hand, warm with the blood of a lov-
    ing heart, to all that suffer, regardless of
    race, creed, condition or color--the
    only charity yet established in the earth
    which has no politico-religious stop-
    cock on its compassion, but says Here
    flows the stream, let ALL come and
    drink! Turn out, all hands! fetch along
    your dou3hnuts and your gum-drops
    and have a good time. Pie for sale on
    the grounds, and rocks to crack it with;
    and ciRcus-lemonade--three drops of
    lime juice to a barrel of water.
    N.B. This is the first tournament
    under the new law, whidh allow each
    combatant to use any weapon he may pre-
    fer. You may want to make a note of that.

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