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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 28, 1891   By:

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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. Let the man who makes the oven and laboriously bakes Take the profit on the loaves he sells, nor yield it all to RAIKES.

"You say you'll do the thing yourself: Monopoly decrees That, if boys go making honey, they must lose it, like the bees. But, oh, be warned, my Postmaster, it's not a pleasant thing To incur a bee's resentment and to suffer from its sting: And (to change my humble parallel) I like not him who takes A nest prepared by others, like the Cuckoo Postman RAIKES!"

SOUND AND SAFE. We hear that Mr. W.H. GRIFFITHS is to be the new Lessee of the Shaftesbury. Years ago, to the popular inquiry, "Who's GRIFFITHS?" there was but one answer, "The Safe Man." Good omen for the Shaftesbury.

BAR BARRED!

SCENE A Parliamentary Committee Room. Committee sitting at horse shoe table. Bar crowded at table covered with plans, custards, buns, agreements, and ginger beer. Huge plans hanging to walls. View in distance of St. Thomas's Hospital. East West Diddlesex Railway Extension Bill under consideration. Expert Witness standing at reading desk under examination .

Junior Counsel ( for Promoters ). You have told us that there is a cutting at Burnt House Mill, coloured red in plan in your opinion do you think that the road passing; by Hoggsborough, coloured green, could be so diverted as to avoid the necessity of throwing a bridge over the River Crowe, coloured yellow?

Expert Witness ( with great deliberation, and illustrating his remarks by references to a large plan ). In my opinion I think the necessity of building a bridge over the River Crowe may be avoided by skirting the Swashbuckler Estate, and by making a new road that would cross the proposed line by a level crossing at Twaddlecomb, and ultimately reach Market Goosebury, coloured blue, by following the course of the Raisensworth, coloured black.

Junior Counsel . Thank you that will do. [ Sits down.

First Cross Examining Q.C. ( suddenly entering from another Committee Room, looking for his Junior aside ). Where on earth have we got to?

Chairman of Committee . Is this witness cross examined?

First C. E. Q.C. Certainly, Sir. Now I think you say that it is necessary to make a bridge over the River Crowe, coloured red in plan?

Expert Witness . No; I say that if the Swashbuckler Estate is skirted, &c... Continue reading book >>


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