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VOL. 153, AUG. 22, 1917 PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 153.

AUGUST 22, 1917.

[Illustration: A POULTRY FANCIER, HEARING THAT DEFENCES AT THE FRONT ARE SOMETIMES DISGUISED AS HEN HOUSES, DETERMINED TO REVERSE THE PROCESS. BEING A BIT OF AN ARTIST HE DISGUISED HIS HEN HOUSE BY GIVING IT A WARLIKE APPEARANCE. THE ENEMY WAS STRICKEN WITH PANIC.]

CHARIVARIA.

Eighty eight policemen were bitten by dogs in 1913, but only forty four in 1915, says The Daily Mail , and quotes a policeman as saying that "dogs are not half so vicious as they used to be." The true explanation is that policemen no longer taste as good as in the old rabbit pie days.

Recent heavy rain and the absence of sunshine have, it is stated, caused corn in Essex to sprout in the ear. This idea of portable allotments is appealing very strongly to busy City men.

Feeling about the Stockholm Conference is changing a little, and several people suggest that Mr. RAMSAY MACDONALD might be sent as a reprisal.

Sixty seven children were recently lost on one day at New Brighton. The fact that they were all restored to their parents before nightfall speaks well for the honesty of the general public.

The German authorities have further restricted the foods to be supplied to dogs, and German scientists are now trying to grow dachshunds with a shorter span.

"We have a Coal Controller, but where is the coal?" plaintively asks a contemporary. There is no satisfying the jaundiced Press.

A well dressed female baby a month old has been found under the seat of a first class compartment in a train on the Chertsey line. Several mothers have written to congratulate her upon her courageous and unconventional protest against the fifty per cent. increase in railway fares.

A Glasgow woman has been fined a guinea for trying to enlist in the Irish Guards. Only the Scottish Courts carry pride of race to these absurd lengths.

It is announced that the recent increase in the price of bacon was sanctioned by the FOOD CONTROLLER. The news has given great satisfaction to law abiding consumers, who bitterly resented the unauthorised increases (upon which this is a further increase) that were made under the old régime .

A dress made from banana skins is now being exhibited in London. It is, we believe, a négligé costume, the sort of thing one can slip on at any time.

"If you had let the boy eat it, it would have punished him a great deal more than I can," said the North London magistrate to a man who was prosecuting a boy for stealing an unripe pear. It is a splendid tribute to the humanity of our stipendiary magistrates that the heroic offer of the boy to accept the greater punishment was promptly refused.

A workman at Kinlochleven, Argyllshire, found a live crab in a pocket of sand at a depth of more than ten feet. On being taken to the police station and shown the "All Clear" notice the cautious crustacean consented to go straight home.

At a flower day sale at Grimsby one thousand pounds was paid by a local shipowner for a blue periwinkle. In recognition of his generosity no charge was made for the pin.

A Vienna telegram states that the Emperor KARL has handed the Grand Cross of St. Stephen to the GERMAN CHANCELLOR. The latter quite rightly protests that Herr BETHMANN HOLLWEG is the real culprit.

From Scotland comes the news that an inmate of a workhouse has received an income tax form to fill in. This is considered to be but a foretaste of the time when all income tax papers will have to be addressed to the workhouses.

In a Gloucester meadow, Lieutenant JAGGARD has picked a mushroom weighing ten ounces and measuring twenty seven inches in circumference. Eyewitnesses describe the gallant officer's enveloping movement as a really brilliant piece of single handed work.

The Prussian Military Press Bureau, among its other fantasies, has discovered with horror that Calais has been leased to England for ninety nine years... Continue reading book >>


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