Archibald Philip Primrose,
The Right Honourable
The Earl of Rosebery,
is respectfully dedicated
kindness to her and her children.
Melbourne, January, 1884.
This work includes six sections, with titles:
Humorous and Satirical (From Humbug) pp.65-96, (From 'Peripatetic Philosopher.') pp.96-113; Bush Sketches pp.114-152; Melbourne Studies pp.153-193; Pathetic and Imaginative pp.194-235; Critical pp.236-283; Verses, Grave and Gay (includes 'Obituary Notices') pp.284-322.
Believing it incumbent upon himself to 'own a theory', as this is the fashion of the day, the narrator settles upon a theory of 'Gastric Juice'. He proposes that the key to success or failure, greatness or obscurity, resides in whether or not a person's gastric juices are in a healthy state.