Albert Smith took the part of Tell (a patriotic party) in a burlesque entitled William Tell; or, The Strike of the Cantons, performed by a company of amateurs (the Fielding Club) at the Royal Italian Opera (Lyceum), June 2nd, 1856. The scene is a village on the Lake of Lucerne, where the following occurs:
Tell. My name is Tell—tel que je suis je suis.
An old Swiss family known very well;
My sisters keep the Rigi Kulm Hotel:
My nieces sing the Ranz dess Vaches when call’d Up to the table d’hotes at Grindelwald.
My nephews carve in wood, and make those things Which every tourist back to England brings,
And gives as souvenirs to those relations From whom he thinks he’s any expectations.
My uncles are all guide—ne’er at a loss To climb the Jungfrau or the Grimsel cross.
J. M. T.