Playing On A Word

LORD ORFORD was present in a large company at dinner, when Bruce, the

celebrated traveller, was talking in his usual style of exaggeration.

Some one asked him what musical instruments were used in Abyssinia.

Bruce hesitated, not being prepared for the question, and at last said,

I think I saw a lyre there. George Selwyn, who was of the party,

whispered his next man, Yes, and there is one less since he left the