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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 7, 1917   By:

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VOL. 152.

February 7th, 1917.


To celebrate his birthday, the KAISER arranged a theatrical performance, entitled The German Blacksmith , of which he was part author. It is not yet known in what way his people had offended him.

It is feared that we have sadly misjudged Greece. They have saluted the Entente flags, and it is rumoured that KING CONSTANTINE is even prepared to put out his tongue at the KAISER.

Chancellor BETHMANN HOLLWEG has been accused by the Junker Press of selling his countrymen to the Allies. But, to judge from the latest German Note to America, the fact appears to be that he has simply given them away.

As the result of the cold snap, wild boars have made their appearance in Northern France. Numbers have already been killed, and it is reported that the KAISER has agreed with an American syndicate to be filmed in the rôle of their destroyer, the proceeds to be devoted to the furtherance of the league to enforce peace.

Many German soldiers have, according to the Hamburg Fremdenblatt , received slips of pasteboard inscribed, "Soldiers of the Fatherland, fight on!" It is rumoured that several of the soldiers have written across the cards, "Fight on what?"

After the 22nd of February, all enemy aliens engaged in business in this country will be obliged to trade in their own names. With a few honourable exceptions, like the great Frankfurt house of Wurst, our alien business men have sedulously concealed their identity.

The patriotic Coroner for East Essex, who has erected a pig sty in the middle of his choice rose garden, informs us that Frau Karl Druschki has already thrown out some nice strong suckers.

"Cheddar cheese," says a news item, "is 1 s. 6 d. a pound in Norwich." But what the public are clamouring to know is the price of Wensleydale cheese in Ilfracombe.

The American gentleman who caused so much commotion in a London hotel, the other day, by his impatience at dinner must, after all, be excused. It appears the poor fellow was anxious to get through with his meal before a new Government department commandeered the place.

The SPEAKER'S Electoral Reform Committee recommends that Candidates' expenses shall not exceed 4 d. per elector in three member boroughs, and several political agents have written to point out that it cannot possibly be done in view of the recent increase in the price of beer.

The Shirley Park (Croydon) Golf Club has decided to reduce the course from 18 holes to 9; but a suggestion that the half course thus saved should be added to the Club luncheon has met with an emphatic refusal from the FOOD CONTROLLER.

A farmer in the Weald of Kent is offering 13 s. 6 d. a week, board and lodging not provided, to a horseman willing to work fifteen hours a day. It is understood that this insidious attempt to popularise agriculture at the expense of the army has been the subject of a heated interchange of letters between the War Office and the Board of Agriculture.

"The warmest places in England yesterday," says The Pall Mall Gazette , "were Scotland and the South West of England." We have got into trouble before now with our Caledonian purists for speaking of Great Britain as England, but we never said a thing like that.

A London doctor, says The Daily Mail , estimates that colds cost this country £15,000,000 annually. If that is the case we may say at once that we think the charge is excessive.

A gossip writer makes much of the fact that he saw a telegraph messenger running in Shoe Lane the other morning. We are glad to be in a position to clear up this mystery. It appears that the messenger in question was in the act of going off duty.

There seems to be no intention of issuing sugar tickets until a suitable palace can be obtained for the accommodation of the functionary responsible for this feature... Continue reading book >>

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