|What are you implying that he said?|
It’s a filler item, wedged in between the last of the sports reports (the scores of the game between the Washington Cricket Club and the Baltimore Sons of St. George) and the advertisements (Dr. Reed’s specialties include “Private Diseases”). It reads:
In Volapuk Mallnovin ketnatojn iam means “Should auld acquaintance be forgot;” which leads us to be thankful that what George Stovall says to umpires never has been translated into Volapuk.I do not speak Volapük, but I did take a glance through a Volapük-English dictionary, doing enough research to assure myself that this was not Volapük. It looks like garbled Esperanto.
Wikipedia explains who George Stovall was (I look things up so you won't have to). Given the reference to "umpires," it was no surprise that the was a major league baseball player and team manager of the period. It could have been in either role that he was making comments to the umpire, though it's not clear why those comments shouldn't have been translated into Volapük (which the extract wasn't in, anyway).
Mallnovajn konatojn iam (to correct the Esperanto) is “Sometime old acquaintances.” So, it isn’t even a full translation of the phrase as given in the Herald. I was able to find an Esperanto translation of “Auld Lang Syne” into Esperanto. It started with the lines:
Malnovajn gekonatojn iamDo we sometimes forget old acquaintances? But the real question here is "how did the Herald confuse Esperanto for Volapük?
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