"Mackerel they called me." (U8.405)
"A squad of constables debouched from College street, marching in Indian file. Goose step. Foodheated faces, sweating helmets, patting their truncheons. After their feed with a good load of fat soup under their belts."
I did not find a PC with constables, so this is one with a squad of soldiers. (U8.406)
This is a Hold To Light postcard, that shows additional detail or some color when viewed against a bright ligt.
"Policeman's lot is oft a happy one. They split up into groups and scattered, saluting, towards their beats. Let out to graze. Best moment to attack one in pudding time. A punch in his dinner." (U8.409)
From the Gilbert & Sullivan opera "Pirates of Penzance" (1879)
(William Schwenk Gilbert / Sir Arthur Sullivan)
has for refrain:
When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one...'
"A squad of others, marching irregularly, rounded Trinity railings, making for the station. Bound for their troughs. Prepare to receive cavalry. Prepare to receive soup." (U8.409)
"He crossed under Tommy Moore's roguish finger." (U8.414)
From a tourist pamphlet dated 1900: "passing through Westmoreland street, we come to the eyesore of Dublin, a vile mis-shapen monstrous pewter image erected in memory of the National poet, Thomas Moore." This PC shows Westmoreland street with Tommy Moore's statue, placed over Dublin's largest public urinal.
This SV shows the same perspective in the 1860s.
"They did right to put him up over a urinal: meeting of the waters." (U8.414)
The Meeting of the Waters is the confluence of the rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg to form the river Avoca, in county Wicklow. The valley of Avoca (or Ovoca) is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. It was celebrated in poem and song by Thomas Moore.
"Ought to be places for women. Running into cakeshops. Settle my hat straight." (U8.415)
"There is not in this wide world a vallee. Great song of Julia Morkan's." (U8.416)
Moore's 'The Meeting of the Waters' was in the 1st volume of 'Irish Melodies' (1808). It starts:
"There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet;
Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart."
"Kept her voice up to the very last. Pupil of Michael Balfe's, wasn't she?" (U8.417)
Michael William Balfe (1808 - 1870) was an Irish singer and composer of songs and operas, including 'The Bohemian Girl' and 'The Rose of Castile'. He was born in Dublin, the son of a dancing master. As a child, he played the violin for his father's classes (1814 - 1815). In 1817 he appeared as a violinist in public and composed a ballad later known as 'The Lovers' Mistake'. As a teenager, he moved to London (1823) and became a violinist in the orchestra of Drury Lane; he took formal music lessons from C. E. Horn, the organist at St. George's Chapel. Balfe had a pleasant baritone voice, and sang (in Norwich, Rome, Paris) in various operas. He was also famous for songs he wrote such as 'When other hearts', 'I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls' and 'Come into the garden, Maud'. Balfe wrote 28 operas, the first to be produced was 'I rivali di se stessi' (Palermo, 1829). Balfe was married to Luisa Roser, a Hungarian singer he had met at Bergamo. Balfe retired from music to Hertfordshire where he owned a farm (1864).
"He gazed after the last broad tunic. Nasty customers to tackle. Jack Power could a tale unfold: father a G man. If a fellow gave them trouble being lagged they let him have it hot and heavy in the bridewell. Can't blame them after all with the job they have especially the young hornies." (U8.419)
"That horse policeman the day Joe Chamberlain was given his degree in Trinity he got a run for his money. My word he did! His horse's hoofs clattering after us down Abbey street." (U8.423)
Joseph Chamberlain (1836 - 1914) was a British businessman, politician, and statesman. He was M.P. (1876) then President of the Board of Trade (1880).
Chamberlain visited Dublin December 17-18 1899 to accept an honorary degree from Trinity College. In defiance, the Irish Socialist Republican Party called for a public (pro-Boer) meeting 'to celebrate the British defeat at Stormberg;' the meeting was to be held on College Green (beside Trinity) on Dec 17, at the same time as Chamberlain's triumphal entry. To counter, the Irish Transvaal Committee called for a similar public meeting in Beresford Place 'to salute Chamberlain.' On Dec 15, the London Pall Mall Gazette reported trouble brewing in Dublin, and the St James' Gazette expressed hopes 'that the police will see to it.' On Dec 17, tactical positions in the neighbourhood of Trinity were occupied by masses of police (and curious onlookers). Though many would-be protesters backed out, Maud Gonne, Arthur Griffith (founder of the United Irishman), Edward Stewart and James Connolly (of the Irish Socialist Republican Party) stepped in and drove down to Beresford Place to hold the meeting. Police baton-charged them, arrested James Connolly, and smashed The Workers' Republic's printing press, briefly suspending its publication. Chamberlain in his speech at Trinity apparently lost heart, for instead of the expected war-whoop, he asked those present to believe he was 'not so black as he was painted.'
"Lucky I had the presence of mind to dive into Manning's or I was souped. He did come a wallop, by George." (U8.425)
"Must have cracked his skull on the cobblestones. I oughtn't to have got myself swept along with those medicals. And the Trinity jibs in their mortarboards. Looking for trouble." (U8.427)