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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI

VOL. 103

OCTOBER 1, 1892

"STUMPED!"

( A WOULD BE LAUDATORY ODE. BY JINGLE JUNIOR. )

[The young Indian Gentleman, Mr. H. RANJITSINHJI, has "secured his century" at Cricket no less than eleven times this season.]

O H.S. RANJIT (spelling a wild venture is!) Wielder of willow, runner up of "centuries"! What's in a name? A name like RANJITSIN ( Can't finish it, was foolish to begin!) How many miles was it you ran, O RAN (Bowled out again. Am sorry I began!) In running out those hundreds, RANJITSINGHJ (A man were a patched fool, a perfect ninny, Who'd try to spell that name, Ask Bully Bottom! ) With such a name to carry, how you got 'em, O RANJ (that sounds like Orange!) those same "notches" Is quite a wonder. Were they "bowls" or "cotches" That got you out at last, those times eleven? (Where is GRACE now? He has not scored one even, This season, though as close as ninety nine to it.) Applause has greeted you; let me add mine to it, O RAN JIT SIN HJI! (Those last three letters What do they spell?) Orthography's cold fetters Shan't chill my admiration, smart young Hindoo! Say, did you smite a sixer through a window, Like Slogger THORNTON in his boyish prime, O RANJITSINHJI? Got it this time! That is, it spelt all right. E'en admiration Shan't tempt me to attempt pronunciation ! Eleven centuries we to Indian skill owe! Will the East lick the West at its own "Willow?" Here's luck to India and young RAN Och, murther! RAN JIT SIN SIN How's that! Out ? Can't get further!

"OH NO, WE NEVER MENTION IT." The KENDALS have got a Play by a young American Author with the very uncompromising name of DAM. He, or his Play, may be Dam good, or just the reverse: still, if he does turn out to be the "big, big D," then all the Dam family, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiedam, and so forth, will be real proud of him. Future Dams will revere him as their worthy ancestral sire, and American Dam may become naturalised among us (we have a lot of English ones quite a spécialité in that line, so the French say), and become Dam nationalised. What fame if the piece is successful, and DAM is on every tongue! So will it be too, if unsuccessful. Englishmen will welcome the new American playright with the name unmentionable to ears polite, and will recognise in him, as the Dam par excellence , their brother, as one of the uncommon descendants of A DAM. By the way, the appropriate night for its production would be Christmas Eve. Fancy the cries all over the House, calling for the successful Author!!

[Illustration: IMMUNITIES OF THE SEA SIDE.

"COME UNDER THE UMBRELLA, JACK, IT'S BEGUN TO RAIN, AND YOU'LL CATCH COLD, AND MAMMA'LL BE VEXED!"

"POOH! AS IF SALT WATER EVER GAVE ONE COLD!"]

"PUNSCH"

( IN THE READING ROOM OF THE BERNERHOF. )

Although thy name is wrongly spelt Upon thy case, what joy I felt To find a place where thou hast dwelt, My Punsch!

Yet wit and wisdom, even thine, Can't wake up Berne, where folks supine All go to bed at half past nine, My Punsch!

What art or jokes could entertain, Such sleepy people? True, they feign It's later, for they say " halb zehn ," My Punsch!

My German " Punsch ," what gender thine? They who accept, likewise decline, " Das Weib " might feminine assign Die Punsch!

No matter which, if I behold Thy pages, worth their weight in gold It's true they're more than three weeks old, My Punsch!

AN ODD FELLOW OUT. The Church breaking thief ( vide the Standard's provincial news) who was arrested at Oswestry (fitting that a Church thief should have been arrested by Os Westry men which sounds like a body of mounted ecclesiastical police), explained that he was a "monumental mason of Dublin... Continue reading book >>


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