A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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CONCERTS AND CONCERT SINGERS 63
that I and my brother ever did is nothing to the effect you produce.' "
"Black-Ey'd Susan " was another of Incledon's great songs. There is an anecdote told of Incle-don in connection with this song. While staying at a country inn he had quarrelled during the evening with an army officer. Incledon imagined that he had closed the quarrel by going to bed, but the officer, left downstairs to brood over his wrongs, evidently thought otherwise. Making his way to Incledon's bedroom, he found the famous singer fast asleep. When he had suc­ceeded in waking him, a matter of some difficulty, the officer demanded satisfaction. ''Satisfac­tion?" said Incledon sleepily; "well, you shall have it." Whereupon he sat up in bed and sang "Black-Ey'd Susan " in his best style. "There," he said, lying down again, "my singing of that song has given satisfaction to thousands, and it will have to satisfy you ! " Then he turned over and went to sleep.
One more anecdote of Incledon will perhaps bear repeating. One day he met Richard Suett, the comedian, at Tattersall's. "Come to buy a horse?" asked Suett. "Yes," said Incledon. " But what are you doing here, Dickey ? Do you think you know the difference between a horse and an ass?" "Oh yes," replied Suett solemnly, " I should know you among a thousand."
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