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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 8, 1916   By:

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VOL. 150

MARCH 8, 1916


Germany is declared to have built a submarine that can go to the United States and back. Future insults therefore will be delivered by hand.

Municipal fishshops are to be established in Germany. They will be closely associated, it is understood, with the Overseas News Agency, and will make a speciality of supplying a fish diet to sailors who are unfortunately prevented by circumstances from visiting the high seas.

In his lecture before the Royal Institute last week Dr. E. G. RUSSELL told his audience that there are 80,000,000 micro organisms in a tablespoonful of rich cucumber soil. If we substitute German casualties for micro organisms and deduct the average monthly wastage as shown by the private lists from the admitted official total of available effectives but we are treading on Mr. BELLOC'S preserves.

The Government has announced itself as "satisfied with the measures taken to prevent Canadian nickel from reaching the Germans." Except, of course, in oblong pellets of insignificant size.

Answering a question of Sir ARTHUR MARKHAM in the House of Commons last week, Mr. TENNANT said, "If there was a large force of troops in Egypt, as to which it is undesirable that I should make any statement, it is quite conceivable that the presence of a hundred and seventeen Generals might be necessary." After all, if every one of them were just a Brigadier General, they wouldn't require more than half a million men to keep them occupied.

Naval inspectors of cookery, it is officially announced, will hereafter wear a narrow stripe of white cloth on their cuff. This is a simplified form of the ancient heraldic emblem of the cook's guild, which was a hair frizzé naiant in a dish of soup maigre .

All kinds of cleaning and washing are to be dearer, and a patriotic movement is already on foot among the younger set to do away with these luxuries altogether in the interests of patriotic economy.

As a reward of its efforts to save the lives of war horses, the R.S.P.C.A. has now been officially recognized by the A.V.C. Some hindrance to their work is however feared as the result of strong protests lodged by the Westphalen Pie makers' Association of Rotterdam, which the Government, in its anxiety not to deal harshly with the neutrals, is said to be carefully considering.

The owners of certain proprietary whiskeys have decided to put them up sixpence a bottle. In response to this move the owners of certain proprietary sixpences have decided not to put them down.

A correspondent of The Times states that large numbers of Owls have taken to visiting the trenches in Flanders. The War Office, strangely enough, professes to know nothing of the circumstance.



For Conscientious Objectors.

"VARICOSE VEINS. We stock all sizes, in best quality only." Advt. in Irish Paper.

British Frightfulness.

"A young woman was fried as a spy in London the other day." Sunday Pictorial.

A Leap Year Reminder.

"February 29, 1916. Last day for single men." Liverpool Daily Post.

"We ... are no haters of peace. We want it more than anything in the world except the triumph of evil." Star.

"A fallen star," we fear.

"Mr. Lloyd George said that Cabinet Ministers had agreed to take one fourth of their salaries in Exchequer bombs."

Provincial Paper.

The times call for strong measures, but we think this is going a little too far... Continue reading book >>

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