Oliver B. Bomble, a gentleman of independent wealth, and his good friend Ocelot delve into the mystery of a mighty giant on a mission to set things straight in the world. The story is published in daily installments and will run until Election Day. All previous installments can be found below the current episode.
The next morning the Hon. H. Hippopod ran into the chief of police on the street. The latter looked pale and exhausted, but his voice sounded resolute when he addressed the mayor: “Don’t worry about a thing, Mr. Mayor! You can leave the matter safely to me. That’s what I told Sherson as well.”
The city father held back in surprise.
“And why wouldn’t I have worries?” he inquired acidly. “These times are nothing but worries! And which matter exactly can I leave safely to you, Bulles?”
“That um... clandestine TV station,” the police chief stammered. “I saw the um... broadcast. Brazen audacity I call that. But I will track down the perpetrators; rest assured!”
“Really?” resumed the mayor. “Now, why don’t you go easy on this, Bulles! I rather like how this guy sounds—simple, robust language for a change—and I want to hear more of it.”
“I wouldn’t mind seeing that Barribal live on television,” thought Ocelot, going for his morning walk. “Maybe I’ll stop by Bomble Manor since I know for a fact that Jobes owns a TV set, and I’m sure Squire Ollie would also like to see that giant for real.”
But he was wrong on that last count, which he found out when he reached the front gate. It had a sign affixed to it that read: ‘Home of someone down on television. May the mighty Barribal get him!’
Just as Ocelot came up the road, this message was being studied by one Mr. Grandgrub, a grocery store owner from town, who was making his rounds that morning.
“Well, well,” the retailer mumbled. “Mr. Bomble is in the anti-Barribal camp. I’m afraid I can no longer be seen making deliveries to him. I must think of my business!”
‘Tales from the life of Olivier B. Bomble, gentleman,’ was serialized in Dutch newspapers for many years, and Squire Bomble, his good friend Ocelot and many others have become household names in the Netherlands. This is their first appearance in the US after the successful translation into English by Adrian Meerman, a Sparta resident.
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