‘Shucks, Tom,’ I says, ‘I think you might tell a person. What’s a bar sinister?’
‘Oh, I don’t know. But he’s got to have it. All the nobility does.’"
Each panel had its ancient crest
And motto done in Latin –
And ladies, old and young, were dressed
In costly silk or satin.
The confidence of one I gained
By regular approaches –
“These arms and mottoes,” she explained,
“Are purchased with the coaches.”
“Modern Heraldry,” Boston Daily Advertiser, Sept. 22, 1859