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Slide set: The thief and the bear (comic: Bamforth & Co., 10 slides, 1893)

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Slide 1
Night came and passed, as silent as the dead, / But in the morn another pig had fled
Slide 2
'Which proves,' says Ralph, the village wit, so sly / 'Though not a likely bird, a pig may fly'
Slide 3
And asked the farmer, meekly, if he might / 'Put Bruin in the old barn for the night?'
Slide 4
Thus far, arrangements made for beast and man; / The bear was muzzled well, a prudent plan:
Slide 5
When all at once there rose a fearful cry / Of dread surprise, and fear and agony
Slide 6
As if some hapless wretch, with gasping breath, / Was grappling with his foe for life and death
Slide 7
Up rose the farmer then, as well he might; / Up rose his serving men and sprang a light;
Slide 8
And there they found, fast in old Bruin's claws, / ('Twas well for him the muzzle seal'd his jaws,)
Slide 9
The man confess'd his guilt, right glad to go / From the rude clutches of his fearful foe
Slide 10
The thief was penitent, and farmer Biggs / Forgave the trespass, though he lost his pigs
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 650)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. HU 1)

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Robert Craven, ‘The thief and the bear: old Humphrey’ in several compilations


10 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000963

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 May 2024

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