Faces and Places

- Henry W. Lucy
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Faces and Places is a collection of articles on nineteenth century travel, events and personalities by the British journalist Henry Lucy, who wrote for the Daily News, a London newspaper. His open letter _To Those About to Become Journalists_ rings as true today as when it was written. The first article, _“Fred” Burnaby_, includes a lively account of a balloon trip, while _Night and Day on the Cars in Canada_ and _Easter on Les Avants_ relate Lucy’s experiences of rail travel at that time. Other travel tales _(A Night on a Mountain,_ _Mosquitoes and Monaco_, and _Oysters and Arcachon_) provide an insight into the Victorian Englishman’s attitude to Europe. Three of the pieces, _With Peggotty and Ham_, _A Cinque Port_ and _Christmas Eve at Watts’s_, concern the county of Kent, where Lucy had a country house. _Christmas Eve at Watts’s_ contains an interesting exposé of Dickens’ short story _The Seven Poor Travellers_. Other articles are of historical interest: _A Wreck in the North Sea_ is an account of the wreck of the ship “Deutschland” in 1875; _A Historic Crowd_ describes the massive popular interest in the 1871 trial of the Tichborne Claimant; _The Battle of Merthyr_ contains an eye-witness account of the Merthyr Riots of 1831; _The Prince of Wales_ paints a portrait of the future King Edward VII. Lucy, who also wrote as “Toby, M.P.” for the satirical magazine Punch, loved to poke gentle fun, particularly at the establishment, and this is especially evident in _A Peep at an Old House of Commons_. This eclectic collection, mostly affectionately humorous, but with moments of great pathos, was originally published in 1892 in The Whitefriars Library of Wit & Humour.

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