Curran As Punch's Man

Curran's first effort in public commenced when a boy in the droll

character of Mr. Punch's man. It occurred in this way: One of the

puppet-shows known as Punch and Judy, arrived at Newmarket, to the

great gratification of the neighborhood. Young Curran was an attentive

listener at every exhibition of the show. At length, Mr. Punch's man

fell ill, and immediately ruin threatened the establishment. Curran, who

had devoured all the man's eloquence, offered himself to the manager as

Mr. Punch's man. His services were gladly accepted, and his success so

complete, that crowds attended every performance, and Mr. Punch's new

man became the theme of universal panegyric.