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.
Fun (1866) 16 June, p. 142
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