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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, March 26, 1919   By:

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VOL. 156.

March 26, 1919.


WILLIAM HOHENZOLLERN is reported to be busy sawing trees. Some declare that his energy is due to an hallucination that they are German generals. Others say the whole story is a clumsy attempt to discredit him with the Labour party.

Dublin Corporation has decided to increase its revenue by eight thousand pounds by raising the charge on water. Citizens are urged to put patriotism before prejudice and give the stuff a trial.

The inconveniences that attend influenza reached their climax a few days ago when an occupant of a crowded tube train blew the nose of the man next to him in mistake for his own.

The beggar who has been going about telling a pitiful story of being wounded by a trench mortar during the Jutland battle is now regarded by the police as an impostor.

A defendant in a County Court case at Liverpool last week stated in his evidence that he had been on the telephone for the last twenty years. In fairness to the Postal authorities he should have admitted that it was a trunk call.


A lady correspondent, writing to a daily paper, laments the fact that the War has changed a great many husbands. Surely the wife who receives the wrong husband can get some sort of redress from the War Office.

All the main line railways are to be electrified, Sir ERIC GEDDES told the House of Commons. Meanwhile he has successfully electrified all the old buffers.

A number of women are doing good work as mates on Medway sailing barges. The denial of the report that one of them recently looked at a Wapping policeman for five minutes on end without once repeating herself may be ascribed to professional jealousy.

"The small car," says a trade contemporary, "has come to stop." We can well believe it. It is an old habit.

It has been discovered that the new Education Act, which prohibits boys under twelve being worked for more than two hours on Sunday, may apply to choir boys. A Commission, we understand, is to be called upon to decide finally whether they are really boys or just little demons.

A man who applied to the Bloomsbury County Court for relief against an eviction order stated that he could find no other suitable house, as he had nine children under fourteen years of age. His residential problem remains unsolved, but we understand, with regard to the other difficulty, that the Board of Works has offered to sell him a card index at considerably below cost.

"Bridegrooms," says a contemporary, "are discovering that weddings cost more." The growing practice among fathers in law of delivering their daughters "free at rail," instead of, as formerly, "from house to house," may have something to do with it.

"Ramsgate," says The Daily Mail , "is racing Margate in Thanet's reconstruction." At present Margate still claims to lead by one nigger and two winkle barrows.

The Colorado Legislature has passed a resolution in favour of Irish independence. The remark attributed to Mr. A.J. BALFOUR, that he always thought Colorado was the name of a twopenny cigar, has failed to make the situation easier.

"A pupil at a West London 'out of work' school," says a news item, "daily attends his studies in an opera hat." On being informed of this fact, Sir THOMAS BEECHAM is reported to have expressed the opinion that its significance was obvious.

President WILSON, it is announced, hopes to visit Scotland shortly for some golf. He believes that some adjustment of the dispute as to the respective merits of the running up and pitch and stop methods of approach should be embodied in the Peace terms if international harmony is to be really secured.

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