It is now a month since dear Henry fled
To his home up above in the sky
While his family weeps and mourns his loss
Hoping some day to meet him on high." (U6.161)
National school. Meade's yard. The hazard. Only two there now. Nodding. Full as a tick. Too much bone in their skulls. The other trotting round with a fare. An hour ago I was passing there. The jarvies raised their hats." (U6.170)
Antient concert rooms. Nothing on there. A man in a buff suit with a crape armlet. Not much grief there. Quarter mourning. People in law perhaps." (U6.175)
A pointsman = a person who operates railway points. The US and Canadian equivalent is switchman.
This is a caricature from Punch Oct 19.1872.
Eugene Stratton (1861 - 1918), was an American-born dancer and singer, whose career was mostly spent in Britain. He was born in Buffalo, NY, as Eugene Augustus Rühlmann. He first performed at age 10 in an acrobatic act called the Two Welsleys. He appeared as a dancer in 1873 under the name of Master Jean. He spent some time in a circus then joined a minstrel group. He went to England in 1880 and was by this time using the name of Stratton. There he worked his way up to the main song & dance man in the Moore & Burgess Minstrel Show, and in 1883 he married Moore's daughter, Bella. He left the minstrels to go on the music hall circuit in 1887, first as a double act, then solo. He also performed in pantomime, for the first time in 1896. Although at one time he used an Irish voice, he mainly appeared as a "black-faced" singer. He died in Christchurch, Hampshire, England.
He's coming in the afternoon. Her songs." (U6.187)
- How do you do? Martin Cunningham said, raising his palm to his brow in salute.
- He doesn't see us, Mr Power said. Yes, he does. How do you do?
- Who? Mr Dedalus asked.
- Blazes Boylan, Mr Power said. There he is airing his quiff.
Just that moment I was thinking.
Mr Dedalus bent across to salute." (U6.191)
He clasped his hands between his knees and, satisfied, sent his vacant glance over their faces.
Mr Power asked:
- How is the concert tour getting on, Bloom?
- O, very well, Mr Bloom said. I hear great accounts of it. It's a good idea, you see...
- Are you going yourself?
- Well no, Mr Bloom said. In point of fact I have to go down to the county Clare on some private business. You see the idea is to tour the chief towns. What you lose on one you can make up on the other." (U6.200)
- And madame, Mr Power said smiling. Last but not least.
Mr Bloom unclasped his hands in a gesture of soft politeness and clasped them." (6.222)
John Francis McCormack (1884 - 1945) was an Irish tenor celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires, and renowned for his diction and breath control. In March 1904, McCormack met Joyce, who at the time had singing ambitions himself, and they spent several evenings practicing together. McCormack persuaded Joyce to enter the Feis Ceoil that year, where Joyce, not yet famous as a writer, was awarded the Bronze Medal (3rd prize). MacCormack is seen here during rehearsal for a performance in New York, 1922.