Title: Punch, or The London Charivari, Vol. 153, November 7, 1917
Release Date: March 14, 2004 [EBook #11570]
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Or the London charivari.
November 7, 1917.
No sooner had the Berliner Tageblatt pointed out that “Dr. Michaelis was a good Chancellor as Chancellors go” than he went.
The Daily Mail is very cross with a neutral country for holding up their correspondent’s copy. If persisted in, this sort of thing might get us mixed up in a war.
A Highgate man has been fined forty shillings for feeding a horse kept solely for pleasure upon oats. His plea, that the animal did not generate sufficient power on coal-gas, left the Bench quite cold.
A ratcatcher has been granted three pounds of sugar a week until Christmas by a rural Food Control Committee, whom he informed that rats would not look at poison without sugar. The rats’ lack of patriotism in refusing to forego their poison in these times of necessity is the subject of unfavourable comment.
There is no foundation for the report that a prominent manufacturer identified with the Liberal Party has been offered a baronetcy if he will contribute five pounds of sugar to the party funds.
No confirmation is to hand of the report that Commander BELLAIRS, M.P., has been spurlos versnubt.
“Why can’t the Navy have a Bairnsfather?” asks The Weekly Dispatch. This habit of carping at the Senior Service is being carried to abominable lengths.
Charged with failing to report himself, a man who lived on Hackney Marshes stated that he did not know there was a war on, and that nobody had told him anything about it. A prospectus of The Times’ History of the War has been despatched to him by express messenger.
Efforts of the Industrial Workers of the World to establish themselves in this country have received no encouragement, says Sir George Cave. They were not even arrested and then released.
We trust there is no truth in the rumour that the Air Ministry Bill has gone to a better pigeon ’ole.
No information has reached the Government, it was stated in the House of Commons recently, that toasted bread is being used as a substitute for tea. The misapprehension appears to have been caused by an unguarded admission of certain tea merchants that they have the public on toast.