U 8.117-19: She used to say Ben Dollard had a
base barreltone voice. He has legs like barrels and you'd think he was
singing into a barrel. Now, isn't that wit.
U 8.121-2: Powerful man
he was at stowing away number one Bass. Barrel of Bass. See? It all works
Molly's pun involving a bass-baritone and Bass's beer is less original
than Bloom thinks:
Chorals and Quarrels.
We have had forwarded to us a circular issued
by the authorities of the ‘Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association Festival’.
It stated that, "some disorder having arisen at former dinners in
the distribution of the Beer, the committee are desirous of keeping
it entirely in their own management, and that of any friends who may
assist them," and a form of undertaking to assist in the
distribution of the beer is annexed. From this we are reluctantly led to
conjecture that the choirs exhibit a preference for Meyer-beer, that the
trebles incline to treble X, the basses to Bass's, and the tenors affected
a barrel-tone that made it difficult for them to pursue the even tenor of
their way. We should recommend the committee to stop the distribution of
the beer altogether if they would prevent the painful spectacle of a choir
with twenty-four sheets in the wind.
(1866) 16 June, p. 142
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