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AFFAIR OF HONOR. 229
" We'll fire both at once,1' said he, And so they both presented; No answer was returned by G\, But silence, sir, consented.
They paus'd awhile, these gallant foes,
By turns politely grinning, Till after many cons and pros,
H. made a brisk beginning.
He missed his mark, but not his aim,
The shot was well directed; It sav'd them both from hurt and shame,
What more could be expected ?
Then Gr. to show he meant no harm,
But hated jars and jangles, His pistol fired across his arm,
From H. almost at angles.
H. now was called upon by Gr.,
To fire another shot, sir; He smiled, and " After this," quoth he, " No, truly, I cannot, sir."