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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 20, 1887.   By:

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AUGUST 20, 1887.


( To be translated into French, German, and Italian, for the benefit of Foreigners. )


CONTINENTAL Railways are disgracefully mismanaged.


This train does not travel at anything like the rate of our expresses.

The "Flying Scotchman" travels at 50, 100, or 150 ( according to fancy ) miles the hour.

I object to smoking; also wish all the windows to be opened or closed ( as the case may be ).

The foreign buffet does not equal our refreshment rooms.

A plate of soup, half a roast fowl, and mashed potatoes cannot compare with what we call in England a "ham sandwich."

I object to the lamp being shaded, or insist upon the lamp being shaded ( according to pleasure ).

Why are we stopping here? Why are we not stopping here?

It is disgraceful that we should stop here. It is disgraceful that we should not stop here.

If this occurs again, I shall write to the papers.


Why must I go here? Why may I not go here?

I insist upon going where I please.

I refuse to answer, as an impertinent question, "what I have to declare."

I object to opening that trunk, that portmanteau, and that hat box.

It is insolent to accuse me of smuggling. Where is the Chief of Police?

Have there been any orders to treat my luggage in this manner?

I complain that, as you have passed my boxes without examination, that I should have ever been asked for my keys.

I will not take this omnibus, nor this fly, nor this cart.

I do not want to patronise any hotel.

Why do you not put my luggage on that carriage?

I had a right to say I would take no conveyance as a matter of fact, I knew I should be swindled.

Now do make haste, and do what I ask, or I shall report you to the Station Master.

No, I shall give you nothing it is contrary to the Bye laws in England.


I object to this room, because it is on the ground, first, or upper floors ( according to taste ).

I do not like the price paid for the table d'hôte .

I object to the bed curtains why are there no bed curtains?

I will not pay for service service should be charged.

Your prices are extortionate. I shall be careful to warn all my friends against coming to this hotel.

Don't be impertinent.


This scenery is disappointing.

The water fall is over rated and the ruin a fraud.

I will not take off my wide awake in this Cathedral.

Why cannot I look at the altar during the celebration of Service?

I have seen much better things in a ninth rate town in England than I find in this Museum.

I consider the whole tour not worth the candle.

It is infamous that I should have been induced by false pretences to come abroad.

You can easily imagine how I must be missed at home.

Land Measure.

[Mr. JESSE COLLINGS supports the Government Allotments Bill, although it only holds forth a prospect of one acre, and no cow.]

JESSE content with SALISBURY'S gift? How odd! One acre only, and of cows a lack! Pooh! JESSE takes this "acre" as a "rod" For faithless GLADSTONE'S back.

THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR. The Government have been given a good inch (of coercive power). Will they take a (National) League?


MR. PUNCH by some accident was unable to be present at the "Eisteddfod Genhedlaethol y Cymry," and therefore could not take part in the competitions at the Albert Hall. For the sake of the other bards he is glad, as he feels sure that had he sung his own little composition he would have been hailed at once " Pencerd Gwalia ," " Mynorydd " and " Owen Dyfed ," rolled into one. However, that the World may not suffer by his unselfishness, he publishes his Anerchiaudau ir Llywydd (Poetical Address to the President), which he would have sung to an accompaniment of a hundred harps... Continue reading book >>

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