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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, April 16, 1919   By:

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VOL. 156

APRIL 16, 1919


We understand that a proposal to send a relief party to America to rescue Scotsmen from the threatened Prohibition law is under consideration.

It is rumoured that The Times is about to announce that it does not hold itself responsible for editorial opinions expressed in its own columns.

A correspondent, complaining of the tiny flats in London, states that he is a trombone player, and every time he wants to get the lowest note he has to go out on to the landing.

In Essex Street, Shoreditch so Dr. ADDISON explained to the House of Commons there are seven hundred and thirty three people in twenty nine houses. A correspondent writes that a single house in the neighbourhood of Big Ben contains seven hundred and seven persons, many of them incapable, and that nothing is being done about it.

"The Original Dixie Land Jazz Band has arrived in London," says an evening paper. We are grateful for the warning.

Over two hundred season ticket holders live within a mile radius at Southend. We suppose there must be some attraction at Southend to explain why so many season ticket holders live there.

We are pleased to be able to throw some light on the mystery of the Russian who was not shot in Petrograd last week. It appears that he ducked his head.

We await confirmation of the report that an American has offered to defray the cost of the War if the authorities will name it after him.

The Surplus Government Property Disposal Board is making a special offer of eighteen pounder guns to golf clubs. For a long shot out of a bad lie the superiority of the eighteen pounder over the Sammie cleek is conceded by all the best golfers.

Westgate on Sea has decided to abolish bathing machines. In future visitors desiring to bathe will have to do it by hand.

Mr. KELLAWAY informed the House of Commons the other day that the War Office has forty million yards of surplus aeroplane linen. It seems inevitable that some of it will have to be washed in public.

A woman aged twenty six, mother of five children, told the Old Street police magistrate that she could not read. How she managed to have five children without being able to read the Defence of the Realm Regulations is regarded by the authorities as a mystery.

At the Royal Drawing Society's exhibition there is a picture painted by a child of two. Pictures by older artists, with all the appearances of having been painted by children of this unripe age, are, of course, no novelty.

"Whitehall Wakes Up," says The Evening News . An indignant denial of this charge is hourly expected.

A Northumberland man last week declined to draw his unemployment pay on the ground that he was not actually wanting it. His workmates put it down to the alleged fact that a careless nurse had let him fall out of the perambulator on to his head.

"Unless Russian women join the Bolshevist movement," says Herr RADEK, "they will all be shot by order of Lenin." This confirms our worst fears that these Russian revolutionaries are becoming rather spiteful.

A new fire engine has been provided for Aberavon. As a result of this addition to their appliances the Aberavon Fire Brigade are now able to consider a few additional fires.

A large rat with peculiar red markings on its back has recently been seen at Woodvale, Isle of Wight. In consequence much alarm is felt locally, as it is feared that this is an indication that the rodents on the isle have embraced Bolshevism.

The correspondent who, as reported in these columns, noticed a pair of labourers building within a stone's throw of Catford Bridge, now writes to say that a foundation stone has been laid.

Philanthropists are warned against a beggar who is going about saying that, when wounded in France, he was so full of bullets that they took him back to the Base in an ammunition wagon instead of an ambulance... Continue reading book >>

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