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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, December 5, 1891   By:

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"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, December 5, 1891" is a delightful collection of satirical cartoons, humorous essays, and clever poems from the famous British magazine. Although some of the references may be outdated for modern readers, the sharp wit and keen observations on society and politics still resonate today. The illustrations are detailed and colorful, adding an extra layer of humor to the already witty writing. Overall, this volume is a charming glimpse into the past and a testament to the enduring appeal of satire.

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VOL. 101.

December 5, 1891.



KING COLE, although described as a "merry old soul," was in reality a tyrant. He had a number of subjects who used to work underground, and their labour was to bring to the surface the black diamonds of the earth. It was not altogether a pleasant occupation, but still, the task had to be accomplished. His Majesty was fond of ferocious practical jokes, and perchance this may have been the origin of the jocular description attached to his name. One day, some of his subjects complained that their hours of labour were too many.

"How long do you work?" asked the King.

"May it please you, Sire, sixteen," was the reply.

"Try what you can do with twelve," and they were about to depart rejoicing, when the Monarch called them back and added, "But mind you, I shall expect just as many black diamonds to be unearthed as before."

So the King's subjects worked only twelve hours, and strange to say, quite as many black diamonds were produced as in the olden days. Then the workmen began to grumble once more, and the King again interviewed them.

"Do you still work twelve hours?" he asked the deputation.

"Certainly, Your Majesty; but we think half would be quite enough," returned the spokesman... Continue reading book >>

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