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Animals appear in the main role in these amusing magic lantern stories.
Part 2.
 
Paddy and the Bear.
The set of twelve slides 'Paddy and the Bear' was made by Walter Tyler, England. There is a trade mark in the upper left corner of a combined W and a T. Slides 4 and 7 were added from another set because they missed in the original set. There are no captions but the plot is straightforward. Paddy Magee leaves Ireland, arrives in the USA, reads a notice that offers a $100 reward for killing a rogue bear, is attacked by and kills it, claims the reward and becomes a hero and politician. There was a real Patrick Magee and a song about the Irish support for the Union cause during the American Civil War, their love of new found American liberty and distrust of the English 'John Bull'. 'Erin go Bragh' (slide 12) is the Anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, 'Éirinn go Brách', and is used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as 'Ireland Forever.'

The Crocodile's Diner Party.

With paper, pen and ink, he sat him down to think

His guests were all assembled She softly swallowed him and made no mention
 Some punishment is due for this transgression But Mr Lynx was taken in possession  Left nothing of the lynx to tell the story
The leopard all irate at his relation's fate Then on the leopard sprang As down his throat the roaring lion hasted
Awesome animal story in grey tints made by York and Son, London. Once upon a time a crocodile decided to organize a great diner party. He invited all the animals of the island. But the party went less smoothly than the crocodile had expected (or was is exactly what he had hoped on the quiet??). All the invited guests appeared at the right time and gathered around the large dining table. However there was few food on the table. The hungry goose swallowed the frog on the sly but the fox saw this and ate the goose. The lynx ate the fox, who is also eaten up until there's nothing left of him. Then the leopard striked and is eaten afterwards by the lion. Finally the crocodile swallowed the lion. Yes..... that was a great party.  Set of nine slides measuring 8.2 x 8.2 cm.


Giant Frog and naughty Boy.
 
The Prize Ox.


A set of nine magic lantern slides made by York and Son, England.
In this set slide #5 is missing. This slide is replaced below by a slide from a similar set.
 

The slides measure 8.2 cm square and are entitled:
1. The Bull's delight at being No. 1
2. Up goes the stout and stout old lady
3. Away then flew, the little Jew
4. There's a crash, and a smash
5. Down went tables, and down went chairs
6. Then to the place where the band was playing
7. Now all try, to hit the Bull's eye
8. Bang went the rifles into the air
9. Farmer East, he collared the beast


Fooling the Baby Elephant.
A set of four square magic lantern slides made by York and Son, England.
 
Two square magic lantern slides made by Gebrüder Bing, Nürnberg, measuring 8.3 x 8.3 cm. A variant on the (Dutch) proverb 'Two Dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it.'
 
Title unknown.
 
The lion couchant and the lion rampant.

A comic set of 3 magic lantern slides made by Bamforth & Co. c.1890, after a poem by Robert C.M. Craven
(1833-1897).



The audience looks at the sleeping lion and thinks it is a weak show. The owner gives a good kick to the back wall of the cage and the lion wakes up roaring and ranting. The audience is total shocked, but has got the sensation it longed for.
But here you now see gathered round, as strange a crew as could be found
He shouts and beats upon the cage, to put the lion in a rage
 
And here you see the dire distress -- the sad alarm -- the dreadful mess
 
Owl and cheeky mouse.

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