SIR,—This song had its origin long before 1928. About the
turn of the century when I was a boy and the telephone was coming into more general use there was a song of which one verse began : .
She only answered ting-a-ling-a-ling
To all that 1 would say , and finished :
And when I asked her to be mine • All that she would say was Ting-a-ling-a-ling ting, ting-a-ling-a-ling ting Ting-a-ling-a-ling ting ting.
This was sung to the same tune as 'The bells of