William Topaz McGonagall

Thursday, February 7th 1889, Dundee Advertiser.

 

THE ‘POET’ AT THE CIRCUS

 

To the Editor of the Dundee Advertiser.

Sir, - Where are police when such scenes as described in the Advertiser of February 2nd and in a previous issue as taking place in the Nethergate Circus are enacted? Is it legal that any man should be treated as McGonagall is on these occasions? Is he right? The thing is evidently prearranged. Is ‘Baron Zeigler’,’ the lessee of the building, a party to it? Is McGonagall himself perhaps paid for allowing himself to be the butt such horseplay? (I beg pardon of the horse.) We are told that when the Tragedian gasping and struggling through the downpour, rushed from the stage, ‘the gallery yelled with delight.’ It is hoped that the gallery consisted chiefly of little lads not grown men. To the men and big lads among them I would say, if you found your little brothers on the street throwing eggs, tin cans, potatoes, bags of flour, or bags of soot, how would you treat them? It is to be hoped with a moderate thrashing. Then why is the code of morality so different within the Circus walls for older persons? The educational effect of anything is always an important one. I read that the large crowd slowly dispersed, evidently highly pleased with the night’s diversion. Alas! I am afraid much work of school board teachers, Sunday school teachers, mission workers, and ‘slummers’ will hardly countervail against such diversion, prearranged, apparently, sanctioned, and” evidently highly pleasing.”

    Was no hiss heard? I am &c, R.S.