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Thread #82243   Message #1508391
Posted By: GUEST,The Border Cock.
23-Jun-05 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's defeat

I would dispute your supposition that Harte's line 'Napoleon like a bantam cock sat mounted on a bar'is a mistake for 'car.' My remarks are not just a rationalisation of something mis-heard, but rather come from the knowledge of the practice of training the fighting cock by mounting him on a bar. Itis a recognised practice by cockers, it is an actual fact, not just a rationalisation. The practice is still in use today.