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    Now (to forebare for ever solittle of Iris Trees and Lili O'Ran- 1
gans), concerning the genesis of Harold or Humphrey Chimp-2
den's occupational agnomen (we are back in the presurnames3
prodromarith period, of course just when enos chalked halltraps)4
and discarding once for all those theories from older sources which5
would link him back with such pivotal ancestors as the Glues, the6
Gravys, the Northeasts, the Ankers and the Earwickers of Sidles-7
ham in the Hundred of Manhood or proclaim him offsprout of8
vikings who had founded wapentake and seddled hem in Herrick9
or Eric, the best authenticated version, the Dumlat, read the10
Reading of Hofed-ben-Edar, has it that it was this way. We are11
told how in the beginning it came to pass that like cabbaging12
Cincinnatus the grand old gardener was saving daylight under his13
redwoodtree one sultry sabbath afternoon, Hag Chivychas Eve,14
in prefall paradise peace by following his plough for rootles in the15
rere garden of mobhouse, ye olde marine hotel, when royalty was16
announced by runner to have been pleased to have halted itself on17
the highroad along which a leisureloving dogfox had cast fol-18
lowed, also at walking pace, by a lady pack of cocker spaniels. For-19
getful of all save his vassal's plain fealty to the ethnarch Humphrey20
or Harold stayed not to yoke or saddle but stumbled out hotface21
as he was (his sweatful bandanna loose from his pocketcoat) hast-22
ing to the forecourts of his public in topee, surcingle, solascarf and23
plaid, plus fours, puttees and bulldog boots ruddled cinnabar with24