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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 156.

JANUARY 15, 1919.

CHARIVARIA.

A memorial to SIMON DE MONTFORT has been unveiled at Evesham, where he fell in 1265. A pathetic inquiry reaches us as to whether SIMON is yet demobilised.

We are informed that the project of adding a "Silence Room" to the National Liberal Club is to be resuscitated.

"Small one piece houses of concrete," says The National News , "are now quite common in America." The only complaint, it appears, is that some of them are just a trifle tight under the arms.

We hope that the proposed revival by a well known theatre manager of The Sins of David so shortly after the General Election is not the work of a defeated Candidate.

"Some of the discredited Radical organs," says a contemporary, "are already toying with Bolshevism." A case of " Soviet qui peut ."

The report that a number of distinguished Irish Unionists have been ordered to choose between the LORD LIEUTENANT's Reconstruction Committee and the O.B.E. is causing anxiety in Dublin Club circles.

Weymouth Council has decided to change the name of Holstein Avenue. We deprecate these attempts to force the Peace Conference's hand.

Mr. HENRY FORD's new paper is called The Dearborn Independent . Most independent papers, it is noticed, are that.

"Why has the Government raised the price of new sharps?" asks "FARMER" in The Daily Mail . They may cost more, but they look to us like the same old sharps.

"Sensation mongering" is the public's verdict on the startling report circulated last week that a Civil Servant had been seen running.

The National Potato Exhibition, it is announced, will in future be held at Birmingham. The League of Political Small Potatoes, on the other hand, has moved its permanent headquarters to Manchester.

There were 21,457 fewer paupers in London last week compared with the same period in 1915, it is stated. All we can say is, it isn't London's fault.

A correspondent, writing to a contemporary, thinks it should be illegal for one taxi driver to talk to another in the streets. It would be interesting under these circumstances to see what happened if two rival cabs collided.

With reference to the Upper Norwood gentleman who is reported to have arrived home early one night last week, it is not true that he travelled by tube. He walked.

One thing after another. No sooner is influenza on the wane than we read of a serious outbreak of Jazz music in London.

We gather from the interviews appearing in the papers that Mr. PHILIP SNOWDEN is of the opinion that his defeat was due to the General Election.

We are asked to deny the rumour that the KAISER has offered to compete for The Daily Mail trans Atlantic flight and has offered to forgo the prize.

Scientists are agreed, says Tit Bits , that there is nothing to prevent people living for five hundred or even one thousand years. We feel, however, that in the case of certain very objectionable persons exemption might be given at the age of about forty years.

"Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb Ohonynt" was the reported greeting sent by Mr. LLOYD GEORGE to his election agent. Other delegates to the Peace Conference are talking in the same truculent strain.

One of the men for whom our heart goes out in sympathy is a South Carolina farmer who has been in the habit of doctoring himself with the help of a medical book. When only fifty five years of age he died of a misprint.

A prisoner charged at London Sessions with stealing was described as "one of a most daring and clever gang of thieves." It is said that he has asked counsel for permission to use this excellent testimonial on his note headings.

An Irish farmer aged one hundred and four years, who took a prominent part in the General Election, has just died... Continue reading book >>


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