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Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, March 19, 1892   By:

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VOL. 102.

March 19, 1892.



["The entire stock of Hansard's Parliamentary Debates ... was offered for sale. The vast collection, nearly 100,000 volumes, scarcely fetched the price of waste paper." Daily Paper .]

The Auctioneer exclaimed, "These Vols. Have neither fault nor blot. I think that I, without demur, May call them quite 'a lot.'

"Speeches by RUSSELL, PAM, and BRIGHT, Good for the heart and head. Take them as spoken; if you like, Pray take them, too, as read."

But when the Auction did begin, Bidders, alack! were lacking; Back numbers hove in sight in shoals, Yet seemed to have no backing.

"Then this," quoth he, "appears to be The dismal situation; Though from these speeches statesmen quote, For them there's no quotation.

"The eye has 'heavenly rhetoric,' Hear WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE cry; But heavenly rhetoric now, 'tis plain, Itself is all my eye.

"A penny! Really such a bid I can't allow to pass; A man who'd offer coppers here Must be composed of brass.

"'Progress' I cannot well 'report,' Unless this lot is bought in; The only progress seems to be, When there'll be no reportin'.

"Such priceless gems, such wretched bids!" The hammer man did shout; "If you desire, I knock them down You first must knock me out!

"No higher offer? Then I'm forced, Pray pardon the suggestion To take a hint from Parliament, And 'move the Previous Question.'"


[Illustration: Mysterious!]

The last play by M. BLAGUE VAN DER BOSCH has just been translated into English. It is called The Blackbeetle , and is a purely domestic drama. The following Scene from the last Act will give some idea of the exquisite simplicity and pathos of this great work. M. VAN DER BOSCH's admirers freely assert that SHAKSPEARE never wrote anything like this. It will be noticed that M. VAN DER BOSCH, like M. MAETERLINCK, does not always name his characters, but only mentions their relation to each other.

SCENE XXV. The Great Grandmother, the Mother in law, the Female First Cousin one remove, and the Brother in law's Aunt are discovered standing on the table, and the Half sister's Nephew by marriage on a chair.

The Mother in law . Eh? eh? eh?

The Female First Cousin one remove ( pointing to Half sister's Nephew by marriage ). He! he! he!

The Great Grandmother . Ay! ay! ay!

The Half sister's Nephew by marriage ( shuddering ). Oh! oh! oh!

The Brother in law's Aunt ( to him ). You! you! you! [ The Half sister's Nephew by marriage descends and resolutely steps upon the Blackbeetle. Curtain.



Mal à la tête , ennui , migraine , We risk in trying to explain Why, though the Income tax is high, This country never can supply Such galleries as line the Seine.

Yet gifts are treated with disdain, Which gives the would be donors pain, We've now a name to call that by, " Mal à la TATE."

Next time an offer's made in vain MACNEILL, or someone, will obtain, Or ask, at least, the reason why, And even dumber folks will cry, "By Jove! they've made a mull again, MULL à la TATE!"


[Illustration: Brer Rabbit.]

Everybody who took delight in our old friend Uncle Remus will thoroughly enjoy A Plantation Printer , by JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS. The Baron doesn't recommend it to be taken at one sitting, the dialect being rather difficult, but a chapter at a time will be found refreshing. The like advice may be acted upon by anyone who has invested in the latest volume of the Library of Wit and Humour, entitled Faces and Places . By H.W. LUCY. The "Faces" are represented by a portrait of Ride to Khiva BURNABY, and one of the Author of these entertaining papers... Continue reading book >>

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