“I see you have a lot of ancestors said Mr Salteena in a jelous tone, who are they.
Well said Bernard they are all quite correct. This is my aunt Caroline she was rather exentrick and quite old.
So I see said Mr Salteena and he passed on to a lady with a very tight waist and quearly shaped. That is Mary Ann Fudge my grandmother I think said Bernard she was very well known in her day.
Why asked Ether who was rarther curious by nature.
Well I dont quite know said Bernard but she was and he moved away to the next picture. It was of a man with a fat smiley face and a red ribbon around him and a lot of medals. My great uncle Ambrose Fudge said Bernard carelessly.
He looks a thourough ancestor said Ethel kindly.
Well he was said Bernard in a proud tone he was really the Sinister son of Queen Victoria.
Not really cried Ethel in excited tones but what does that mean.
Well I dont quite know said Bernard Clark it puzzles me very much but ancesters do turn quear at times.
Perhaps it means god son said Mr Salteena in an inteligent voice.
Well I dont think so aid Bernard but I mean to find out.
It is very grand anyhow said Ethel.
Who is this said Mr Salteena halting at a picture of a lady holding up some grapes and smiling a great deal.
Her name was called Minnie Pilato responded Bernard she was rarther far back but a real relation and she was engaged to the earl of Tullyvarden only it did not quite come off.
What a pity cried Ethel.
Yes it was rarther replied Bernard but she married a Captain in the Navy and had seven children so she was quite alright.
Here Mr Salteena thourght he had better go to bed as he had had a long jornney. . . .”
(Daisy Ashford, The Young Visiters: or, Mr. Salteena’s Plan, pp. 36–38.)