|NOTES from DR SYNTAX'S TOUR, 1812|
Plate 12 opposite p.80:-
DOCTOR SYNTAX LOSES HIS MONEY ON THE RACE GROUND AT YORK.
He makes no bet, but is accused:-
The man scream'd out - "Your horse has lost;
"I've had the luck- I've won the day,
"And you have twenty pounds to pay,"
Syntax look'd wild - the man said, "Zounds!
"You know you betted twenty pounds;
"So pay them down, or you'll fare worse,
"For I will flog you off the course."
The Doctor rav'd and disavow'd
"The bold assertion to the crowd.
What would have been his hapless fate,
In this most unexpected state,
May well be guess'd. But, lo! a friend
Fortune was kind enough to send:
An honest 'Squire, who smok'd the trick,
Appear'd well arm'd with a stick,