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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 24, 1892   By:

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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 103.

DECEMBER 24, 1892.

[Illustration: SNUBBING A DECADENT.

He. "A DON'T YOU FIND EXISTENCE AN AWFUL BORE?"

She. "A WELL, SOME PEOPLE'S EXISTENCE MOST DECIDEDLY!"]

YULE TIDE OLD AND NEW.

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CENTURY.

And they made merry in the good old fashion. The pictures on the walls were covered with holly and mistletoe. They had come from British woods. Then the tables groaned with Christmas cheer. The baron of beef was flanked with plum pudding and mince pies. There never was a more jovial crew. The compliments of the season were passed round, and the Christmas Waits, singing their Christmas carols, were entertained right royally. For was it not a time of peace and good will? Then there was a mighty laugh. A huge joke had been perpetrated. Grandfather had been asleep, and he was telling the youngsters, who had been playing a round game, the character of his dream.

"I give you my word it is true," said the old man. "Yes, I actually forgot it was Christmas!"

"But it was only in your dreams, Grandpapa," urged one of his descendants.

"Yes, but that was bad enough," cried the old man in a tone of self reproach, "fancy forgetting Christmas even in one's dreams! Everything seems changing nowadays!"

But the Grandfather was wrong the Christmas bills were unchangeable. And ever will be!

AT THE END OF THE CENTURY.

And certainly it was dull enough in all conscience. Nowadays everything is dull. Although it was towards the end of December, the room was decorated with summer flowers. They had come from Algeria. Then the side table was spread with a recherché repast, for they were all going to dine à la Russe . But the guests were sad and thoroughly bored. They had sent a policeman after the itinerant street musicians, with the desired result. Inside and outside silence reigned triumphant. Was it not a time for "moving on" and threatening "six weeks without the option of a fine"?

Then there was a deep groan. A young man somebody's Grandson suggested a round game. At first the suggestion was received with derision.

"You can't get up a Missing Word Competition," said one. "No, my Grandson, you can't."

"Can't I?" said the youngster, who had been called 'Grandson.' "Can't I? Look here, I will write out a Word, and I will bet you none of you will guess it."

And "Grandson" wrote out a Word on a piece of paper, and sealed it in a packet. Then he called out the sentence, "The present season of the year is known as "

Then they all tried to guess it. Some one said "unfavourable," another "pleasant," a third "dreary," and a fourth "troublesome."

But they all were wrong.

At last the sealed up packet was produced, and opened. For the first time there was a smile when the Word was known.

"Who would have thought of it?" was the cry.

The word chosen was "Christmas."

"Fancy anyone remembering Christmas! Even for a Missing Word Competition! Everything seems changing nowadays!"

But the Grandson was wrong his Christmas bills were unchangeable. And ever will be!

"ART COMPETITIONS."

"Since these competitions were started, the public had been educated in artistic matters, and their judgment was almost equal to that of the members of the Royal Academy." Mr. Poland's Speech in the "Missing Word" case.

Mr. Poland said, at Bow Street, Choosing pictures thus imparts Judgment good as that of those treat Ed as foremost in the arts.

Hitherto each paid his shilling At the House of Burling ton , Gazed at pictures, feeble, thrilling, Bad or good, and wandered on

Stared with awe struck admiration At "the Picture of the Year," Gained artistic education In a stuffy atmosphere.

Then all changed; he paid his shilling And he sent his coupon in To a weekly paper, willing To discriminate the tin;

And be wisely praised or blamed, yet He knew nothing of design, The BRIDGE of Bow Street claimed yet One more shilling as a fine... Continue reading book >>


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