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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7. 1855.
VOLUME I. NUMBER 44.
From Peterson's Magazine.
A T.ftT1 FBOM A BACHELOR'S NOTE-BOOK,
BY MISS ALICE GRAY.
I never saw two people that seemed
so 'made for each other,' as did Meela
Carr and my friend Job Talfourd. One
rarely thinks of such a thing in reference
to persons that have never been brought
together, but the first time I saw Miss
Carr, as her head appeared above the
ship's side she was climhing, I felt that
Jnb'8 Venus had risen from the depth
of the sea. ' I winded that he was there.
It was a gala-day. The vessel was to he
christened, and notwithstanding his name,
Job was weil-fiued to play his part in
such a scene. I suppose his godfathers
and godmothers had to answer for the
rounds of imprecations he bestowed up
on his cognomen. He always wrote
himself J. Talfourd, and considered it a
personal insult for any one to ask what
the' initial represented.
Ml is a wonder that I did not fall in love
with Meeta Carr mvself that day, for J
Clever saw any being Sii beautiful as she
broke the bottle of wine; but I had a
previous cngagrrnHiit. I became an inti
unate frii nd ol l ets, however, a frequent
guert at her uncle's splendid house in
Fourteen h t-treet; hat by her at dinner
parties feeling all the charm her grace
and tact lent to her deep toned thoughts
;and feelings, and danced German qua
idnlles with her at midniiiht. The men
'without exception. Avorsdipned and flat
'tered her, and she seemed, by a sort o
Ichemjcal analysis, to separate whatever
Mhere was of truth or sincerity in tltei
'-compliments that only, she received;
all felt that the rest floated down the
-stream. She had none of those little
nets and lines by which many women
igain admiration. It took well this gay
.indifference. The conservatories were
'ransacked for choice riouquet for her;
;3nd her door was besieged with anony
' mous presents, which ' were straightway
blocked up in a dark closet.
It was almost as exciting as champagne
to study daily such a deep heart and
mind. And the sparkles were not want
Viflg. Some were flashed from Meela's
.pride, whieh would admit very few into
Hhe penetralia of the sanctuary the ex-
ceplion in my favor a great compliment
, therefore. Another was that site never
ylooked upon me or behaved toward me
as if there was any probability of my
ever becoming her lover.
Putin talking to Miss Carr, one now
-and then seemed, if I may so express it,
to come to the bottom of affairs unex
pectedly. You could not-cay it was too
-troon, but it was when you had thought
a fresh fount of feeling just opening. I
i'discovered the reason of this by he
"merest accident. Meeta Carr hed no idea
of religion, hardly of a God. .1 do, not
mean that she was an 'Atheist, neither
;had she. the easy creed of the world. Bui
rthe sentiment, the feeling,-even in its
; most general form, was not in Iter. She
ftold me, with wonder at my wonder,' thai
'the idea f a Disposer of all things had
never once entered he"r mirfd till suggest'
ed by some one else. She could talk and
fthink of a future life, but the thought of
;a God ruling over the present, with whom
,-'she had any connection,' could Tind no
tforrthold in her mind. 'I tried to rouse a
fffediiig that I thought must only slumber,
'.tout' in' vain. She would look at me calm
V t ly and smile. One day I concluded an
'eloquent burst. 'Do you 'understand me,
i Meeta 1' I asked.
, 'No,' she quiet'y replied.
I desisted afier this, but wondered that
: such a lack was not more visible, and that
t'ji did not extend itself farther.
When our party was made.up for New
'port in the summer, I wrote to Job Tal
fcfourd to meet us there. 'In common with
every one else, he was dazzled with Miss
'Carr, and at once devoted himself to her.
The drives and polkas he begged for were
granted far more freely than to older ac-
quaintances, his flowers were worn, his
instructions at the bowling-alley accept
One day I was praising him to her,
when she said quietly, 'I do not under
stand your friend. Tell me his peculiarities.
I think his character easily read,' I
answered, watching him closely, wiih ihe
exception of a sensibility as tender as a
woman's. He is a poet, as you may
have discovered, and has perhaps indulg
ed too freely in the license of genius;
but you ladies' will like him the worse
As we rose to go in we had been sil
ting on the piazza in the mo onlight Job
suddenly came up the steps. I looked
quickly around at Meeta. Her face was
quiet, hut I saw she was holding her
breath to keep the color ft out rising. I
fell convinced that she had undertaken- to
win Talfourd's heart undertaken it with
all a woman's wilfulness, the more quick
ly because she saw it would be difficult.
Yes, llip proud beauty, so disdainful of
admiration and homage, would change
her character and bearing", and try all
ways of winning devotion. Strange in
consistency ! Fain would I have her
more help, but I too was puzzled with
Talfourd. He went too far nut to go far
ther. Late that same night, J was walking
down to the beach with him. when he
suddenly colored me exelainiingi 'Do you
love Meeta Carr?'
'What the deuce do you mean?" Hands
off,' I replied, shaking myself clear.
'Do you love Meeta Carr?'
'Yes no I don't know'
Sav no. then. Meeta Carr is not a wo-
to be loved with a hesitation.'
. ! know it.' After a pause he ' contin
ued, 'you have not answered my question.
You have been playing a part. You love
Meeta Carr and she loves you.'
'Have a care, Talfourd, what you say.
I have not lha patience of your name
'Namesake be hanged.'
'I will answer you in plain words. I
do not love Miss Carr, and never shall,'
'And why not..?'
'I deny your right to ask the question.'
'Is she not worthy of being loved ?'
'Aye 1 nobly, sincerely.'
'Has she not a true heart?',
'Truer than you think ; with feelings
far.more deep and underlying than you
have any idea of.'
There was a hop the next night. How
adiant Meeta looked ! Shu was dressed
in white, her skirt caught with bunches-
of ivy-leaves, and a garland of the same
twined in her glossy curls. She wore a
splendid wreaih on her bosom, reaching
from shoulder to shoulder, which a little
marred ihe symmetry of her costume
but I fancied and afterward learned, that
it was Talfotird's gift, lie did not come
until late, and then only said a few words
to her, and devoted himself to a little,
blue sjlphide. from Philadelphia. I no
ted the fierce pang of jealousy that shot
through .Meeta's heart. All that evening
she ergerly tried to attract his attention
She who before had scarcely deigned to
Satin slippers were beginning to look
soiled and frayed, when he relinquished
her hand after the single dance he had
asked that evening, Jsaw the feverish
expression in her eyes. Suddenly she
extended her arm in a strange manner
thought, and her I racelet lay broken at
his feet. He raised it, .and asked per
mission' t have it mended. She haught-
ily refused. He seemed nettled at this,
and lurtlinsr hastily left her without a
The ball was breaking up. I heard
Talfourd make engagements for meeting
the little girl in-blue, at the bowling-alley
the next morning, and alno to drive her
on the beach at six. Miss Carr had re
fused several invitations for the beach in
hopes ho would ak hct.' I joined her in
the embrasure of a window. The music
ceaced, and ' we ' heard the melancholy
roar of ihe sea. The night looked drea
ry without. There weie tears in Meeta's
eyes, and I knew the fasl-thtnning ball
room looked dreary through ihem
half wished Talfourd would approach,
but Meeta knew better. She knew that
a ball room is no place for woman't most
subtle weapon. The next moment she
looked up from her drooping wreath with
an easy smile, 'I believe my mother is
waiting.' Oh, smiles and flowers and
jewels, how much do ye hide 1 Was hers
the only aching heart in that Newport
ball-room that night ? ,
Dancing, flirting, promenading, ma
noeuvring, ten-pins, fast horses, sherry
cobblers, moonlight (ele-a-tetes and Polka
Redowas went on at Newport. Well
for those who had not put their heart on
the game ! I beheld with wonder the
transformation of my friend Meeta Carr.
Her quick and practised tact prevented
(liters from seeing anything in her actions
but the ctpriee of a petted beauty. She
had a constitutional fear of horseback ex
ercise. I had once seen her, after many
solicitations, tremblingly allow hersell to
be placed on the back of a steady, old
worn-out Rosinanle, but at his first step
she tut tied deadly pale, and but for assis
tance would have fallen fainting from the
saddle. Now Talfourd greatly admired
a lady equestrian. On this account she
determined to conquer her dread. Dul
her riding lessons were hours of t irlure.
She often returned to her room with a
headache for tho day. She learned to
ride with -grace, as she did everything
else, but never without a palpitating heart,
and a igh of relief on dismounting.-
Talfourd was a wonder to me as well.
His behavior to Miss Carr was i.lways
distant and reserved, and yet he almost
constantly sought her society.
'Lawrence, I leave Newport to-morrow,'
he said to me one day.
I was not surprised the next evening
to hear Miss Carr announce to her bevy
nf admirers, that the time set for iheir re
turn to the city was the beginning of the
Again in "New York, her trial to win
Talfourd's love continued. I knew that
her mornings were, passed in close study
of the German metaphysical works he
loved, and urged imon her. She had no
fancy for such things, but still would dim
her bright eyes poring over them when
she longed to be abroad in the breezy
All at once she stopped and drew tack.
She was cool and smiling as a snow-drift.
Was it jealousy ? I had seen that pass
ion urge her to the putting forth of all her
powers. Had she concluded it hopeless?
No, the change would not have been so
sudden. I watched her for a week and
earned the explanation. She had a poor
cousin, plain and delicate, to whom Tal
fourd's feeling heart had made him show-
many attentions. He would bring her
the lingering flowers of autumn, move
her chair to a sunny, window, reach her a
fire-screen, tell her the gossip of the
town, and in a thousand nameless ways
cheer the poor girl's existence. These
things Meeta had understood and admired,
but one day she saw him pick up a bunch
of faded chrysanthemums that lay brside
the piano, and conceal them in his bosom.
They were Laura's, and she stood aghast
Cod forbid that she should come between
that poor girl and a love that would be In
her as the one ewe-lamb of her life
With all the direst generosity of her na
ture, she began at once to crush back her
feelings. I even reverenced her a& I look
ed on her trembling lips and calm brow
With another, even her proud spirit would
have struggled, but' with her poor, sick
cousin no ! Talfourd saw. her nnxiely
not to eclipse Laura in his presence, saw
that she had misinlerpcted his attentions
and took, care that she should do so no
more. The incident of the flowers was
accidentally explained he had thought
them hers. Her proud spirit was laid
open before him, and by her own gener
osity.' And so it was that meeting at a
bridal reception, after a month or two
more of eager trial and heart burning on
Meeta's part, Talfourd said, in the most
'Ah ! Miss Carr,' I am glad to see you
here, for" I should have only had lime to
leave'my P. P. C's at your door. I am
Meeta went through the suitable sur
prise and regret. 'When do you sail ?
she inquired, calmly.
'On Monday.. I will not say good-bye.
Each took a smiling and careless fare
well. Before Talfourd sailed, I discovered
that he had found out Meeta Carr's great
The birds had sung the new music, of
two spring-times to the skies of America,
blue as those of Italia twice had the for
est fairies of the New World kissed every
branch and stem with their loving and
glowing lips, while Talfourd and I wan
dered in 'foreign paris.' I had joined
him in the Levant, and we had travelled
over the East together. We had got
conventionalism, and throw herself upon
Talfourd's compassion. How much pride
had she already cast aside for him !
The Baths of Lucca are 'located,' as
a Yankee would say, in a nairow valley,
on both sides of which the rise is abrupt.
There are many lovely hill-side walks.
One day I came upon my two friends
seated beneath the shadow of a spreading
chestnut. Meeta's uncle, who had been
her companion, had strolled farther up
the mountain. Talfourd was trying to
sketch the drooping arch of her eyebrow.
Failing in the attempt, he began tracing.
hick to Paris again, and found itjinging - over the original with the corner of a
with the beauty and trace of a young card. Mo get his fingers into the way of
Ameiican girl. At the onera, a few nights j the curve,' he said. Suddenly stopping,
after our arrival, we observed a sudden j he pressed the card to his lips, and re
slir and raising of glasses. 'Foia,' said placed it not in his pocket, but in his bo
said i.he enthusiastic young Frenchman, : soin. Meeta sat still with her usual grace.
. It I ( T I 1 In. mm
i iuuiiu uiyseij ue irop, oliss wrr o
who had been gabhering to us of large,
wondeiing eyes, and pearly teeth, and ex
quisite shoulders. It was Meeta Carr.
The next morning we called upon her
and she had much lo tell of the events of
two years. The great sorrow of her life
had fallen upon her. Her mother had
died very shortly after my departure.
For a moment I hoped that grief had led
ler to look to a higher power, but alas !
no ! iter lame brothers health had tiro t
ler with her uncle to Europe. To this
child, the last of her immediate family,
he clung with idolatrous tenderness.
I knew there vas' little food for lite
hone that glittered throuerh her downcast
yelashes when she spoke oi Talfourd ;
md Paris was of all places the Wi in
which to indulge iii Frivolous and per
haps heartless as Ijrench women may be,
ihey are most of idem unaffectedly re
to my shoulder, so that I can get hold of
you, can't yon, my boy?' he said.
Poor Charley's lameness almost pre
vented this. He tried often vainly. 'The
branch is palling,' whispered some one,
as a loud crack was heard. The brave
Italian cast one glance at the body of the
iree, then at the abyss over which he
hung. 'Signori, my wife and children,'
cites only abo ve the soil. Its bottom and
sides are flat, and its top is gently convex,
to carry off the rain. By a pole projec
ting from the centre of each end the bear
ers carry it on their shoulders, and the
occupant lies stretched upon a thin mat
trees, on an open cane bottom, like
couch or bed, with a pillow tbenealh his
!;ead. The mode of entering or leaving-
he said, looking up ; and then lo Charley. the palanquin is through a squareopening
once more for life for life!' This
time he was successful, and the man's
sirin g grasp was on his arm. One mighty
effort, and he swung him clear of the over
hanging crag, away above his head, to a
broad rock whence many eager hands
bote him to the top. The peasant had
just time to get off the branch when the
For a moment I thought the revulsion
of feeling would absolutely strangle Mee-
ligious, and this
ment and secrecy
ate turning away
that of Talfourd.
Men of lite world
site gallantry, deli
itltout the enibarrass-
n it which distinguish
I was haidly pipp'ired for her passion-
inn ;ll homage to seek
Paris was at her feet.
scholars, military men,
Lirsued her with exqui-
ate flattering attentions;
but she sent ihen down ihe wind as if
not worthy of
by day her feelii
but it seemed as
tr.indcd to be a v
thought he must
cible . Fienchmai
were repulsed f
offered with sue
ilioiiL'ht. Oh ! how
many arts love tlnglit her, and how day
s grew more eager, her
mre intense. She did
'iily, nothing forward,
f her feelings could not
be repressed. Tfilfouid was too absent-
ry close observer, but I
:ee tins. Many an iras
looked at him with a
as his own attentions
r those which Talfourd
a strange, variable, un-
on, and the Baths of
Lucca were recommended for little Char
ley Carr To my surprise Talfourd in
sisted upon going thither also.
You had better stay where you are,
I said. 'Do you know what you arc do-inn?'
'What do you mean ?' he asked.
You understand mo. I do not wish
in such a connection to '.speak the lady's
name even to you ?
"He looked offended and turned away.
The next morning lie said, 'I am going
to Italy when ihe Carr go. You can
come with me or not as you choose.'
'But. Talfourd i.'
If vou wish to continue your last
night's remark", Lawrence, you must ex
cuse me. We will not resume that sub
ject at this or any other time.'
' I knew Job did not get his temper from
the land of Uz, so I said no more.
At the Baths the tame scene was re-
enacted. There was much company
there, and Meeta queened it over all
The impressible Italiins raved about her.
There was a wealthy English nobleman,
one of the most striking men I ever met,
who would have given half his foitune to
bear back such a bride to his velvet West
moreland glades. 1 did hope thai somo
one would succeed in diverting Meeta's
'This is my first and shall be my last
attempt at match-making,' said I to my
self. 'How much would I give if I had
not be$n the means of bringing Talfourd
and Miss Carr together.'
As I better read Meeta's passionate
1 heart, I feared she would break' through
manners, however, had lost their former
retenn. They had become restless and
impetuous. Foreigners thought nothing
of it, but she would not have been as
much admired in England as foimcrly.
At the next ball given by the duke,
Talfourd was constant at her side, and
banging upon his words, she seemed
scarcely able to spare a thought for an at
tempt to veil her pieference. She secret
ly watched h's eyes to guide her in every
Talford and I occupied a sitting-room
in common. As 1 was pulling off my
pumps that night I heard him leaping up
siairs. He dashed across the room whil
om a word and boiled liiin?elf into li'm
bed-room. The next morning he asked
me in a melancholy, but firm tone, if I
wis ready to go wiih him to England.
And so the day of our departure was fix
ed for the next Wednesday.
On Tuesday there was a sketching
party made up. We wandered about for
some hours, Talifourd hovering near Miss
Carr with wistful looks and silent, sad at
tentions. Our cloth for a late dinner was
laid upon the grass. Poor little Charley
Carr sat at the head in high glee. He
had been carried up in his chair, for his
sister never could bear him long away
The sloping rays were glimmering
through the lovely chesnut woods. We
were standing on the brink of a cliff
watching the shadows creep up i"s sides,
when we heard a sudden cry. Miss Carr
sprang, round the angle of the cliff and
uttered a scream of horrcr. Her little
brother had ventured on a ledge in quest
of berries. The rock on which he hqd
crawled had loosened and fell, and he
barely had time to fling himself toward
another crag, where he hung by his hands.
All access to him seemed impossible.
Phe precipice was almost perpendicular,
and far below among the jagged rocks
oamed u dark mountain, torrent. What
was to be doi.e ? The poor child looked
up with a face of dumb horror. Talfourd's
eye caught a jutting rock near, and he in
stantly threw off his coat. 'Let me go,
signor,' said a Luccese peasant, who had
been wiih us during the afternoon, 'lam
used to these monntains. It were mad
ness for you.'
The man instantly began to climb down
the cliff. With suspended brealh we
watched his progress. He reached the
rock, but ihe distance from the child was
greater than he had thought. Ho could
do nothing. Siek with disappointment,
we looked in each other's faces. The man
retraced his steps to reach another crag,
from which grew a stunted tree. Care
fully he began to climb out to the end of
its branches. In the meantime, Charley
had managed to draw his feet up on the
rock, and crouched there, clinging to the
malted vines.' Meeta had been cheering
and encouraging him, but now ehe cover
ed her face. A German girl by her side
breathed a low 'mein Golf, and. she
suddenly looked up with an expression
I shall never forget intense, puzzled, ea
ger, wistful. Many an ejaculation of pray
er was uttered aloud; and she looked
from one to another, and then almost
writhed in agony. She had no God
no God to pray to I
The peasant had now reached the out
ermost branch, from which he stretched
down his athletic arm- to the child who
could just grasp his fingers. 'Climb up
ta. Then she bowed her forehead on a
rock near which she knelt, and her lips
moved in thank$givin3 lo God. Yes, in
llial hour ihe heavens were opened for her.
Her burden of gratitude forced her to
scale them, for all earth flung it back.
There was silence while she lifted up her
awed and overwhelmed heart. Wrhen
she rose, there was an altogether new
expression on her countenance. She
looked around on hill, and vale, and riv
er, as if a new world had burst upon her.
I do not think she thought of Talfourd
then, but his whole soul was laid at her
feet. That one prayer had won won
what absorbed and wearying effort and
uflcotion had faildd to do alone Dizzy
with emotion, her tottering steps were sup
ported by his arm. There was no need
of words. His whole being1 went forth
to her with a passionate abandonment that
could not but satisfy even her.
The brave peasant was generously re
warded, but I think he cared more for
Meeta's tears on his hand.
What a delirium of joy glowed in my
beautiful friend's eyes the next day !
'I thought we were lo be on our way
to England to-day, Talfourd.'
.lie looked at me as if I was wild then
ktighed. 'Oh ! I recollect. Well I'm
hot going to England just now, my dear
They were married in Italy, and Tal
fourd's ardent affection for his lovely bride
was I'll leave it too novel writers to describe.
ADVENTURE WITH A TIGER.
A still narrower escape for myself indi
vidually happened on another occasion,
not long after this. I had gone to dine
at salsette with Crlonel Hunt, the Gover
nor of the Fort of Tannah, about seven
or eight miles from Bombay, and as I
had an appointment at home in the mor
on each side, which, when the sun or
rain requires it, may be closed by a sli
ding door ; this is usually composed of'
Venetian blinds to allow light and air, in
a wooden frame, and may be fastened, if
needed, by ;i small brass hook and eye,
Every thing about the palanquin, howev
er, is made as light as possible, to lessen
the labor of the bearers ; and there is no
part of ihe panelling or sides more than
half an inch thick, if so much. All I
could do, therefore; was in the shortest
possible space of time to close the two
sliding doors, and lie along on my back.
I had often beard that if you can suspend
your breath, and put on the semblance of
being dead, the most ferocious of wild
beasts will leave you. I attempted this
by holding my breath ar long as possible,
and remaing as still as a recumbent statue.
But I found it of no avail.
The doors were hardly closed before
the tiger was alongside; and his smelling
ane snorting was horrible: He first but
ted one of the sides with his head ; and
as there was no resistance on tho other ;
the palanquin went over on its beam ends,
and lay perfectly flat, with the cane bot
tom presented to the tiger's view. Thro
this, and the mattress, heated no doubt by
my lying on it, the odor of the living
flesh came out stronger than through the
wood, and the snuffing and smelling
wete repeated with increased strength. I
certainly expected every moment that,
with a powerful blow of one of his paws
he would break in some part of the 'pal
anquin, and drag me out for his devour
ing. But another butting of his head
against the bottom of the palanquin rolled
it oder on its convex top, and then rolled
it to and fio like a cradle. All this while
I was obliged, of course, to turn my body
with the revolutions of the' palanquin it
self, and every lime I moved I dreaded
lest I should provoke some fresh aggres
sion. The beast, however, wanting sa
gacity, did not use his powerful paws as
I expected ; and giving it up in despair,
set up a hideous howl of disappointment,
and slihked off in the direction from
whence he came. Happily, he had en
tirely disappeared, and I was infinitely
relieved. The next course to be consid
ered was, whether I should get out and
walk to Bombay, a distance of four miles,
now nca.r midnight, or whether I should
again close my doors and remain where
ning, and the night was remarkably fine,
with a brilliant moonlight, 1 declined the I was. I deemed this the safest plan, and
hospitable invitation of my host and hos Uemained accordingly ; when, about half
less to remain with them during the night,
and ordering my palanquin to be ready at
ten o'clock, I lefi Tannah at that hour lor
Bombay. A great portion of the way
was over a level plain of some extent;
and while we were in the midst of this,
the bearers, of whom there were eight,
four to carry, and four for a relay, with
two mussauljess. or lantern bearers, who
carry iheir lights in the moonlight as well
as in the dark, as a matter of etiquette
which it is thought disrespectful to omit
in short, the whole party ot ten in an in
stant dissappearcd, scattering themselves
in all directions, and each tinning at his
utmost speed. I was perfectly astonish
ed at this 6udden halt, and wholly unable
to conjecture its cause, and my calling and
remonstrance were in vain. In casting
my eyes behind the palanquin, however,
I saw, to my horror and dismay, a huge
tiger, in full career towards me, with his
tale all most perpendicular, and with a
growl that indicated too distinctly the in
tense satisfaction with which he antici
pated a savory morsel for his supper,
There was not a moment to lose, or even
to deliberate To get out of the palan
quin, and try to e&cape, would be running
into the jaws- of certain death. To re
main within was the only alternative.
The palanquin is an oblong chest or box,
about six feet long, two feet broad, and
two feet high. Il has four short legs for
resting it on the ground, three or four in-
an hour beyond midnight, all my bearers
returned, with several peons, or foot sol
diers, and muskets, pistols, lances and sa
bres enough to capture and kill a dozen
tigers ; but these were too late to be of
any use. They made many apologies for
leaving me, but said that, as one of then)
would be certain of being seized by the
tiger if they remained, and no one could
say which, they thought it best that all
should try at least to escape, and I readi.
ly forgave them J after which they bore
me home with more than usual alacrity,
ajtd I enjoyed .my reprise all the more
sweetly for the danger I had escaped.
Taking him fr his wokd " Can's
phrases are dangerous, especially when
employed. in documents relating to busi
ness. Recendy, a merchant, not so cel
ebrated for the elegance of his diction as
for the length of his purse wrote to his
correspondent in a distant city, for a lot
of flour, adding by the way of showing
his impatience, that he wanted it "the
worst kind." He was not less surprised
than chagrined on the reception of the ar
tide, to find it full of weevil, sour and
musty. . .- . '
'Is that a lightning-bug in the street V
tasked a short 'sighted old lady. 'No,
grandma said a pert little . miss, 'it's a
big bug with a cigar. .