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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 22nd, 1890   By:

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FEBRUARY 22, 1890.


"If ever I have to choose.... I shall, without hesitation, shoulder my rifle with the Orangeman." See Professor Tyndall's Reply to Sir W. V. Harcourt. " Times ," Feb. 13, 1890.


DEAR CHARLIE, Bin down as a dab with that dashed heppydemick, dear boy. I 'ave bloomin' nigh sneezed my poor head orf. You know that there specie of toy Wot they call cup and ball! That's me , CHARLIE! My back seemed to open and shut, As the grippe demon danced on my innards, and played pitch and toss with my nut.

Hinfluenza be blowed! It licks hague and cholera rolled into one. The Sawbones have give it that name, I'm aware, but of course that's their fun. I've 'ad colds in the head by the hunderd, but this weren't no cold, leastways mine . Howsomever, I'm jest coming round a bit, thanks to warm slops and QyNine.

Took to reading, I did as I mended; that's mostly a practice with me. When I'm down on my back that's the time for a turn at my dear old D. T. A party named ROBERT BUCHANAN, as always appears on the job, Was a slating a chappie called HUXLEY. Thinks I, I'll take stock of friend BOB.

Well, he ain't much account, that's a moral; a ramblinger Rad never wos. Old HUXLEY's wuth ten on him, CHARLIE, though he's rather huppish and poz. Are men really born free and equal? Ah! that's wot they're harguing hout. BOB B., he says "Yus;" HUXLEY, "No;" and BOB'S wrong, there's no manner of doubt.

"Free and equal?" Oh, NEBUCHADNEZZAR! how can they talk sech tommy rot? Might as well say as Fiz and Four Arf should be equally fourpence a pot. Nice hidea, but taint so , that's the wust on it. There's where these dreamers go wrong. Ought's nothink, and that as is, is ; all the rest isn't wuth a old Song.

Bad as BUGGINS, the Radical Cobbler, these mugs are. Sez BUGGINS, sez he, Wos it Nature give Mudford his millions, and three bob a day to poor me? Not a bit on it. Nature's a mother, and meant all her gifts for us all. It's a Law as gives Mudford his Castle, and leaves me a poor Cobbler's Stall.

All I've got to say, CHARLIE, is this. If so be Nature meant all that there, She must be a fair "J." as a mater. I've bin bested out of my share. So has BUGGINS, and nine out o' ten on us. If the few nobble the quids Spite of Nature, wy Nature's a noodle as cannot purtect her own kids.

Poor BUGGINS! He's nuts upon HENERY GEORGE, WILLIAM MORRIS, and such. He's got a white face, and is humpy, and lives in a sort of a hutch Smellin' strong of wax end and stale dubbin. Him born free and equal? Great Scott! 'Bout as free as a trained flea in harness, or sueties piled in a pot.

Nature's nothink, dear boy, simply nothink, and natural right don't exist, Unless it means natural flyness, or natural power of fist. It's brains and big biceps, wot wins. Is men equal in muscle and pith? Arsk BISMARCK and DERBY, dear boy, or arsk JACKSON the Black and JEM SMITH.

There'd be precious few larks if they wos, CHARLIE where'd be the chance of a spree If every pious old pump or young mug was the equal of Me? It's the up and down bizness of life, mate, as makes it such fun for the ups. Equal? Yus, as old BARNUM and BUGGINS, or tigers and tarrier pups.

He's a long winded lot, is BUCHANAN, slops over tremenjous, he do; Kinder poet, dear boy, I believe, and they always do flop round a few, Make a rare lot o' splash and no progress, like ducks in a tub, dontcher know, But cackle and splutter ain't swimming; so ROBERT, my nabs, it's no go.

Men ain't equal a mite, that's a moral, and patter won't level 'em up... Continue reading book >>

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