Excerpt from Music and Manners, Vol. 1 of 2: Personal Reminiscences and Sketches of Character In this book are reproduced some of the records of my experiences in foreign parts, gathered during a period of absence from England extending over little less than a quarter of a century. A considerable portion of the term of my voluntary exile was spent in the service of a great English journal - The Daily Telegraph - the proprietors of which entrusted me with many a mission to Courts and Camps. In the chronicles of my journalistic career - a few of which have contributed material to these pages - Politics and War have played more conspicuous parts than Music and Manners. But those somewhat formidable topics have been rigorously excluded from a collection of personal reminiscences and word-sketches written with a desire to amuse, rather than to instruct, those who may hour me by reading them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.