PRINCE RICA EDO.
Now Green Stocking was the chief herald of Pantouflia, just like Blue Mantle in England.
"Why, these are the Royal Arms of England, you great ignorant Dick !"
" But Rome isn't in England, is it ?—and the post-mark is 'Roma': that's Rome in some lingo, I expect. It is in Latin, anyhow, I know. Mortuus est Romae — 'He died at Rome.' It's in the Latin Grammar. Let's see what the fellow says, anyhow," added Ricardo, breaking the seal.
" He- begins, 'Prins and dear Cousin!' I say, Jaqueline, he spells it ' Prins;' now it is P-r-i-n-c-e. He must be an ignorant fellow ! "
" People in glass houses should not throw stones, Dick," said Jaqueline.
" He signs himself ' Charles, P. W.,' " said Ricardo, looking at the end. " Who on earth can he be ? Why does he not put ' P. W. Charles,' if these are his initials ? Look here, it's rather a long letter; you might read it ta us, Jack!"
The princess took the epistle and began:
" How nice it smells, all scented ! The paper is gilt-edged, too."
"Luxurious beggar, whoever he is," said Ricardo.
" Well, he says: ' Prins and dear Cousin,— You and me ' (oh, what grammar!) ' are much the same age, I being fifteen next birthday, and we should be better ackwaintcd. All the wurld