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AFFAIR OF HONOR.
The pistols then, before their eyes, Were fairly priru'd and loaded !
H. wished, and so did G. likewise, The custom was exploded !
But as they now had gone so far ■ In such a bloody business,
For action straight they both prepare With—mutual forgiveness.
But lest their courage should exceed The bounds of moderation,
Between the seconds 'twas agreed To fix them each a station.
The distance stepp'd by Colonel P.3 Was only eight short paces; " Now, gentlemen," says Colonel E.,4 " Be sure to keep your places."
Quoth H. to G.—" Sir, please to fire !
Quoth G.—" No, pray begin, sir; " And truly one must needs-admire
The temper they were in, sir.