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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 28, 1891 is a collection of satirical and humorous writings from the late 19th century. The publication features a mix of cleverly crafted poems, essays, and illustrations that poke fun at the politicians, royalty, and cultural trends of the time.

One of the highlights of this volume is the sharp wit and biting commentary that runs throughout each piece. The writers of Punch do not hold back in their critiques, and their ability to tackle serious issues with humor and satire is impressive. The illustrations also add an extra layer of humor to the publication, and help bring the written pieces to life.

While some of the cultural references may be dated, there are still many jokes and observations that feel relevant and fresh even today. Overall, Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 28, 1891 is a witty and entertaining read that offers insight into the social and political climate of its time. Fans of satire and humor will surely enjoy diving into this historical collection.

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PUNCH,

OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 100.

March 28, 1891.

THE G.P.O. CUCKOO.

[Illustration]

It was a gallant Postmaster that armed him for the fray, And, oh, his eyes were gleaming as he summoned his array; To North and South the message went, to W. and E., And where, 'mid piles of ledgers, men make money in E.C.; From Highgate Hill to Putney one cry the echoes wakes. As the Postmen don their uniforms and shout aloud for RAIKES.

"Brave Postmen," spake an officer, who gazed upon the throng, "Ye tramp the streets by day and night, your hours are very long; Yet since you love the G.P.O. that thus your feet employs, We must not see you flouted by a perky pack of hoys. Swift rally round the Master who quavers not nor quakes, Our Red Knight of the Pillar Box, the adamantine RAIKES.

"What? 'The Public want the Messengers'? We'll teach the Public sense, Which consists in looking pleasant while we pocket all their pence. Though the papers rave, we care not for their chatter and their fuss. They must keep at home their messages, or send them all through Us. And we'll crush these boy intruders as a mongoose crushes snakes. They have sown, but we shall reap it 'tis the will of Mr. RAIKES."

But Punch was there, and listened, and his angry face grew red, Like the tape that RAIKES delights in, and he shook his ancient head, "RAIKES," he cried, "I doubt your wisdom, and I much incline to scorn Those who trespass on their neighbour's land, and cart away his corn... Continue reading book >>


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