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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, January 10, 1917   By:

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VOL. 152

JANUARY 10, 1917


The effect of the curtailed train service throughout the country is already observable. On certain sections of one of our Southern lines there are no trains running except those which started prior to January 1st.

The new Treasury Notes, we are told, are to have a picture of the House of Commons on the back. It is hoped that other places of amusement, such as the Crystal Palace and the Imperial Institute, will be represented on subsequent issues.

It is announced from Germany that arrangements have been made whereby criminals are to be enrolled in the army. They have, of course, already conducted many of its operations.

According to The Daily Chronicle there are only twenty three full Generals in the British Army a total identical with that of the late Cabinet. It is only fair to the army to state that the number is purely a coincidence.


The above headlines in a contemporary have caused a good deal of natural jealousy among members of the Force.

"At them and through them!" says the Hamburger Fremdenblatt in a seasonable message to the commander of the Turkish Navy. This will not deceive the Turk, who is beginning to realise that, while the invitation to go at the enemy is sincere, any opportunities of "going through " him will be exclusively grasped by his Teutonic ally.

Prince BUELOW has again arrived in Switzerland. It is these bold and dramatic strokes that lift the German diplomat above the ranks of the commonplace.

It is explained by a railway official that a passenger who pays threepence for a ticket to day is really only giving the company twopence, the rest being water, owing to the decline in the purchasing power of money. A movement is now on foot among some of the regular passengers to endeavour to persuade the companies to consent to take their fares neat for the future.

At his Coronation the Emperor KARL OF AUSTRIA waved the sword of ST. STEPHEN towards the four corners of the earth, to indicate his intention to protect his empire against all its foes. The incident has been receiving the earnest consideration of the KAISER, who has now finally decided that in the circumstances it is not necessary to regard it as an unfriendly act.

It was felt that the ceremonies connected with the Coronation ought to be curtailed out of regard for the sufferings due to the War. So they dispensed with the customary distribution of bread to the poor.

Lecturing to a juvenile audience Professor ARTHUR KEITH said that there was no difference between detectives and scientists, and some of the older boys are still wondering whether he was trying to popularise science or to discredit detective stories.

Germans cannot now obtain footwear, it is reported, without a permit card. Nevertheless we know a number of them who are assured of getting the boot without any troublesome formalities.

Burglars have stolen eighteen ducks from the estate of BETHMANN HOLLWEG. It will be interesting to note how their defence that "Necessity knows no law" is received by the distinguished advocate of the invasion of Belgium.

"Taxicab drivers must expect a very low standard of intoxication to apply to them," said the Lambeth magistrate last week. On the other hand the police should be careful not to misinterpret the air of light hearted devilry that endeared the "growler" to the hearts of an older generation.

It is stated that £2,250,000 has been sent by Germany into Switzerland to raise the exchanges. A much larger sum, according to Mr. PUTNAM, was sent into the United States merely to raise the wind.

Referring to the Highland regiments a Globe writer says, "The streets of London will reel with the music of the pipes when they come back... Continue reading book >>

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