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Title: Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 28, 1914
Author: Various
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  PUNCH,

  OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

  VOL. 147.

  OCTOBER 28, 1914.


CHARIVARIA.

Reports that Germany is not best pleased with Austria-Hungary are
peculiarly persistent just now. There would indeed seem to be good
grounds for Germany's displeasure, for a gentleman just returned from
Budapest says that the Hungarian MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR has actually
issued an official circular to the mayors and prefects throughout the
land enjoining upon them the duty of treating citizens of hostile states
sojourning in their midst with humanity and sympathy.

       * * *

Inquisitive people are asking, "What is the KAISER'S quarrel with the
Bavarians?" He is reported to have said, the other day, "My wish for the
English is that one day they will have to fight the Bavarians."

       * * *

The King of BAVARIA, by the way, has been operated upon for a swelling
of the shoulder blade. We are glad to hear that he is progressing
favourably, and it is hoped that the swelling will not, as in the case
of another distinguished patient, spread to the head.

       * * *

For the following little story we are indebted to the German
army:--"Fears are now entertained of an epidemic breaking out among the
German troops in Antwerp, as, the German artillery having destroyed the
municipal waterworks, there is no drinkable water available."

       * * *

Several striking suggestions have reached the authorities in connection
with the danger from Zeppelins. One is that St. Paul's Cathedral and
Westminster Abbey should be covered over with dark cloths every night,
and that shoddy reproductions of these edifices should be run up in
another part of London, and be brilliantly illuminated so as to attract
the attention of the enemy.

       * * *

Another method of confusing the airships, it is pointed out, would be to
drain the Thames, and to flood a great thoroughfare, say that from the
Bank to Shepherd's Bush, and to place barges on it so that it would be
mistaken for the river and cause the airmen to lose their bearings.

       * * *

Meanwhile the authorities who are responsible for the safety of London
are said to be anxious to hear of an intrepid airman who will undertake
to paint out the moon.

       * * *

There are, of course, always pessimists among us, but we would beg the
editor of _The Barmouth and County Advertiser_ to try not to be
downhearted. Impressed, no doubt, by the recent sale of two German
warships to Turkey, he gives voice to the following opinion in a
leader:--"Our Fleet to-day is supreme; but no one knows when an auction
may take place...."

       * * *

It has suddenly become more imperative than ever that the War should be
finished quickly. A publishing firm has issued the first volume of a
history of the war with an announcement that it will be completed in
four volumes at a fixed price. If the war should last longer than a year
the last volume threatens to achieve such a size that the publisher
would either have to go back on his word or be ruined.

       * * *

The L.C.C. has just produced a new, revised, up-to-date and fully
detailed map of London, and the German War Office is furious to think
that it has been put to the needless expense of compiling a similar
document itself.

       * * *

It has been pointed out that the War has had a most satisfactory effect
on criminality. And even in civil actions witnesses would seem to be
turning over a new leaf, and even insisting on giving evidence against
themselves. For example, we learn from _The Northwood Gazette_ that a
van driver, charged the other day with damaging a motor-car, said in
cross-examination:--"I pulled up about fifteen years after the accident
happened."

       * * *

In spite of the War our Law Courts pursue the even tenour of their way,
and the Divisional Court has just been asked to decide the important
question, Is ice-cream meat? Personally we should say that, where it is
made from unfiltered water, the answer is in the affirmative.

       * * *

"DE WET OF THE SEA."

_Daily Mail._

We should have thought this well-known characteristic was hardly worth
mentioning.

       * * *

"DISGUISED SPIES"

was the title of a paragraph in a contemporary last week. These cases
must surely be exceptional. We always think of spies as wearing a
recognised uniform, or at least a label to indicate their profession.

       * * *

"CORK STEAMER SUNK BY MINE."--_Evening News._

This war is shattering many of our illusions.

       * * *

Mr. FRED EMNEY, who is now appearing at the Coliseum, would like it to
be known that he is not an Alien Emney.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: "IT'S ALL VERY WELL, JARGE, FOR YOU T' SAY WHY DON'T
KITCHENER AN' FRENCH DO THIS AN' THAT? BUT WHAT I SAY IS, IT DON'T DO
FOR YOU AN' ME T' SAY ANYTHINK WHAT MIGHT EMBARRASS EITHER OF 'EM."

       *       *       *       *       *

THE NEW CENSORSHIP.

    "The country in which so much interest centres may be briefly
    described. From near ---- to ---- and onwards in a south-easterly
    direction there is a low range of chalky hills, closely resembling
    our South Downs. There is no harm in saying definitely that not a
    German is on this line."--_Daily Telegraph._

No apparent harm, but you can't be too careful. If the news gets round
to the Germans that they are not there, they might at once set about to
correct this defect.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE TANDEM.

    "Mr. F. Marsham-Townshend's Polygamist, 3, 6-2, E. Crickmere 0

    Mr. F. Marsham-Townshend's Polygamist, 3, 6-2, O. Grant 0"

    _Irish Times._

Racing, you will be glad to be reminded, still goes on, but of course
only for the sake of creating employment. By putting two jockeys upon
the same horse the desired end is attained more easily.

       *       *       *       *       *

CANUTE AND THE KAISER.

[_Thoughts extracted from a sea-shell (howitzer pattern) by Our Own
Special Conchologist on the Belgian Coast._]

  There was a King by name CANUTE
    (In ancient jargon known as KNUT),
  And I, for one, will not dispute
    The kingly figure which he cut;
  A god in mufti--so his courtiers said--
    Whatever thing he chose to have a try at,
  He did it (loosely speaking) on his head,
        By just remarking, "_Fiat!_"

  One day they sat him by the sea
    To put his virtue to the test,
  And there, without conviction, he
    Threw off the following, by request:--
  "Ocean," he said, "I see your waves are wet"
    (Bravely he spoke, but in his heart he funked 'em),
  "So to your further progress here I set
        A period, or _punctum_."

  He knew it wasn't any good
    Talking like that; and when the foam
  Made for his feet (he knew it would)
    He turned at once and made for home;
  And "I'm no god, but just a man," he cried,
    "And you, my sycophants, are sorry rotters,
  Who told your KNUT that he could dare the tide
        To damp his heavenly trotters."

       * * *

  The scene was changed. Another strand;
    Another god (alleged) was there
  (In spirit, you must understand;
    His actual frame occurred elsewhere);--
  "O element designed for German ships,
    Whose future lies," said he, "upon the water,
  I strike at England! Ho!" and licked his lips
        For lust of loot and slaughter.

  Then by the sea was answer made,
    And down the wind this word was blown:
  "Thus far! but here your steps are stayed;
    England is mine; I guard my own!"
  And as upon his ear this challenge fell,
    Out of the deep there also fell upon it, or
  Close in the neighbourhood, a singing shell
        From H.M. _Mersey_, Monitor.

  And just as old CANUTE (or KNUT)
    Stopped not to parley when he found
  His line of exit nearly cut,
    But moved his feet to drier ground,
  So too that other Monarch, much concerned
    About his safety, looked no longer foam-ward,
  But said, "This sea's too much for me," and turned
        Strategically home-ward.

  O. S.

       *       *       *       *       *

WAR AND THE HIGH HAND.

_Scene:_ A MOTHERS' MEETING.

"They do say as this old Keyser or Geyser or whatever 'e calls 'isself
be goin' to 'op it."

"Afraid of 'is life, if t'other side should win--that it?"

"Likely 'e is--an' well may be. T'other side be our side in that case,
bain't it?"

"That's it. An' it's 'im for 'isself an' the rest for theirselves, from
what I can see."

"This old Keyser, 'e's to blame for most ev'rythin' happenin' nowadays.
Reg'lar firebran' in our midst, 'e do seem."

"Daresay 'e was drove to it, if we could but see all."

"Some woman nagged 'im into it--if you ask me."

"They do say 'e craves for peace with 'is whole mind."

"Parson 'e says on Sunday as the hypocrit' cries for peace where there
is no peace."

"This war seems to take people out of their true selves, makin' of 'em
ravenin' beasts."

"Men, too, as otherwise acts quiet an' well-meanin' enough. You 'eard
what Doctor done?"

"What 'e done?"

"Not to old Sally's son, Jim?"

"'Im as 'urted 'is 'and blackberry time--a year ago this very month?"

"'Im. Ill unto death, 'e were, with blood poisonin', and Doctor 'e says
what a shockin' state 'is blood must 'ave been in for the poison to
serve 'im so."

"An' old Sally been a-keepin' of 'im ever since. 'Er needle been at it
reg'lar, but 'ardly earnin' a livin' wage owin' to the meanness of them
who 'as it to pay."

"An' a poisoned and, when the worst be over, ain't no bar to the
appetite."

"Glad she's been to do it sooner than lose 'im, as she lost 'is brother
with 'oopin'-cough."

"That must be a matter of twenty-five year ago--before ever Jim was
born."

"You ain't told us yet, dear, what Doctor done."

"I'm comin' to that. Jim, 'e's not without 'is uses an' 'e's more time,
like, to read the paper than the other men. So 'e reads the news an'
tells it all over at 'Plough an' 'Orses' nights, an' they do say the way
'e urges of the men to 'list is somethin' wonderful."

"Not thinkin' of goin' 'isself, of course?"

"Ain't 'e 'ad a poisoned 'and? Still, this 'e did; to a lot of chaps as
'eld back 'e says--'If you goes to Doctor to be examined I'll go with
you,' 'e says--could a man do more? 'I tell you honest,' 'e says, 'that
with my poor 'and I'm a man marked down for stayin' at 'ome, worse luck.
What would I give,' 'e says, 'to go forth in the pride of 'ealth, same
as you? Still, I'll go to Doctor with the rest of you, if only to show
'ow these things should be done.'"

"'Ow many went?"

"Three in all, includin' of Jim. 'E led the way up to Doctor's surgery,
then 'e waved the others in front of 'im. 'Take the sound men first,
Sir,' 'e says, 'an' then, if you'll spare me a minute, I'll take it
kind.'"

"What did Doctor do?"

"Doctor 'e does as Jim says and takes 'im last, after tellin' the other
two as they were better at 'ome. 'I been waitin' for you,' 'e says, an'
'e turned on Jim that fierce as never was. 'A 'and as 'as been perfectly
well for the last six months to my certain knowledge ain't goin' to
prevent you fightin',' he says, 'so off you go an' 'list.'"

"Poor old Sally! No one to work for now but just 'erself, then?"

"War be an awful thing, it seems, for raisin' the wicked passions in
peaceful men. Keyser, Geyser--whatever 'e calls 'isself--and our old
Doctor ... it be all the same."

       *       *       *       *       *

Extract from Fortress Orders at Malta:--

    "A box containing butchers' implements, and marked with a red cross.
    Finder should communicate with the D.D.M.S., 28, Strada Britannica,
    Valletta."

If we did not happen to know through our Secret Intelligence Bureau that
D.D.M.S. stands for Deputy Director of Medical Services we should
suspect that the Germans had been once more using the sign of the Red
Cross as a screen for their barbarities.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: THE LIMIT.

_Scene_: THE COAST OF BELGIUM.

THE KAISER: "'WHAT ARE THE WILD WAVES SAYING?'"

WILD WAVES: "WE WERE JUST SAYING, 'THUS FAR, AND NO FARTHER!'"

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: UNDER ONE FLAG.

_Genial Person_ (_to retired Colonel, who for the past two months has
put in fourteen hours a day recruiting_). "LOVELY MORNING, SIR. I SEE
YOU'RE ON OUR SIDE."

       *       *       *       *       *

THE WATCH DOGS.

VI.

Dear Charles,--We're tired of this place, so we're going to move on.
Some said, "Let's go to Egypt and doze in the sun." Others were for
India, and one, having a flame in Guernsey, proposed that the Division
might just as well go to the Channel Islands as anywhere else. But what
tempted the majority was the thought of a season's shooting without
having to pay for so much as a gun licence, and so we decided for the
Continent. We gave formal notice to the War Office of our requirements,
said we would let them know in due course what time we should want
trains, ships and motor omnibuses to start, and asked them to call for
our luggage at an hour we would name, indicating that in the case of
each man it would not be more than a couple of trunks or so,
half-a-dozen odds and ends of smaller bags, and a case of golf clubs. To
this the War Office replied that they were in receipt of our favour,
thanked us for our kind patronage, assured us of their immediate
attention to our esteemed commands on this and all occasions, and begged
(positively begged) to be allowed to remain our obedient servants. If
then you hear (as you probably will in a few days) of our departure, you
will appreciate the exact manner of it: a duly deliberated and quietly
dignified excursion, undertaken by us in our own way at our own time,
because we happen to feel so inclined and not because we happen to be so
ordered. (Speaking in the language of the registered alien, "Yes, I
don't think.")

Meanwhile we watch with interest the effect of our new recruits upon the
battalion as a whole. You will remember that those recruits are from all
classes, and the presence of the so-called Non-manual is clearly marked
in the daily conversation overheard. Thus in the good old B company you
will hear: "'Ere, Bill, where's me pull-through?" "I ain't seen yer
ruddy pull-through." "You'm a liar; you've bin and took it." "Get off
with yer; I ain't. If yer want a ruddy pull-through, why don't yer pinch
Joe's ruddy pull-through? 'E's away on guard." In F Company as now
constituted it runs: "Angus, have you seen my pull-through anywhere?"
"No, Gerald, I have not." "You are sure you haven't taken it by
mistake?" "I assure you I have not; but, if you want a pull-through, I
am sure Clement would not mind your borrowing his temporarily."

Among our last draft of recruits was a newly-joined officer who had been
at the military business before. What he liked about us was that we are
Territorials, immune from this new "platoon" system. "I like people," he
said, "who call half a company a half-company." He had tried the new
business, but couldn't manage it; he could give the "_On the left: Form
section_" all right, but when it came to platoons he would shout,
"_Form_ ..." and then could think of nothing better than pontoon or
pantaloon. His brother, it appeared, had joined a Territorial regiment
up North; being methodical he had read all the letters from the front
which have appeared in the Press, and set about equipping himself
accordingly. Even if he should lose all except what he stood up in he
meant to keep dry and warm; so he scrapped all his shirts, socks, vests
and whatnots, and substituted others of monstrous weight and thickness,
lined his tunic with fleece, his breeches with waterproof, his puttees
with fur, and his boots, it was said, with all three. Within twenty-four
hours of completing his fortifications he was sailing for India.

We all contemplate that time when our valises shall be, unhappily, no
longer with us. The odd things we must still have are: towel, razor,
soap, shaving soap, shaving brush, toothbrush, extra boots, socks and
so-on's, mess-tin, knife, fork, spoon, revolver, ammunition, compass,
clasp-knife, field-service pocket-book, note-books, sketching-books,
lamp, flask, bandages, mug and house-wife. These might be accommodated
in the haversack or elsewhere, but that all available sites are already
occupied by what we, or better still our relatives, friends and
acquaintances, consider indispensable, such as pipes, tobacco, matches,
compressed victuals and drinks, maps, dictionaries, medicine-chests,
chocolate, purses, cheque-books, letter-pads, fountain-pens,
fountain-pen fillers, chronometers, electric-torches, charges for same,
unpaid bills, unanswered correspondence, sponges, ointments, mittens,
bed-socks, camera, boot-brushes, dubbin and spare parts. Obviously one
will eliminate (as you were about to write and suggest) the bills and
the correspondence, but those, Charles, are the only things that don't
occupy room. What else can one eliminate? The only thing is to reform
one's life and learn to be a pantechnicon; one may also, with a little
ingenuity, use one's clothes to serve a double purpose. I have only got
as far as evolving a scheme for tying up all the outlets of my breeches
and then filling them with air, so that one leg makes a bolster and the
other a pillow--two articles which, you will observe, were omitted from
the inventory.

By the way, our new officer was only gazetted on the very day he
travelled down with us. He started badly with a heavy reverse and
casualty list, for we played bridge on the way and he lost his first
day's pay, messing allowance and field allowance, all except twopence,
which goes (I believe) to income-tax. When we arrived at our billet we
found Pay in process. A private, who has a moment or so ago saluted and
withdrawn with his pay, seeks re-admission. "Colour-Sergeant!" he says.
"What is it?" "I think you have given me sixpence short." To which the
brutal Colours replies briefly, "'Op it." Later another private comes.
"Colour-Sergeant!" says he. "What is it now?" "I think you have given me
sixpence too much." "Come in, my lad, come in," replies the kindly
Colours.

We were lectured in map-reading and so forth this morning, and were told
that, all else failing, we might get our bearings from observing the
direction in which the local church pointed. But an active brain
suggested that these Germans had no doubt thought of that years and
years before and, in order to deceive us, had built their churches with
the east windows pointing west. When, the other day, the R.A.M.C. man
inspected the feet of the battalion, the same intelligent unit wished to
know who had got the first prize and whether for quality or quantity.

Yours,         HENRY.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _Mary Jane_ (_at climax of fearful story of German spy_).
"AND WHEN THE POLICE SEARCHED THE CELLARS THEY FOUND ENOUGH AMBITION TO
BLOW UP THE WHOLE OF LONDON."

       *       *       *       *       *

"PROGRESL IN NORTHERN FRANCE."

_North Eastern Daily Gazette._

Przemysl, however, remains in Galicia.

       *       *       *       *       *

STUDIES IN DISCIPLESHIP.

(_In humble imitation of the exploits of the German Wireless Service._)

Mr. RAMSAY MACDONALD and Mr. KEIR HARDIE have joined Mr. BLATCHFORD in a
recruiting campaign, with most gratifying results. In the course of one
of his speeches Mr. RAMSAY MACDONALD announced that the experience he
had gained while tiger-shooting in India had enabled him to organise an
elephant-gun battery, with which he was shortly about to proceed to the
front.

It is reported that, at the instigation of the Chevalier WILLIAM LE
QUEUX, the Republic of San Marino has declared war on Germany, and
appointed the Chevalier as _generalissimo_ of its forces, which are
estimated at 250 men.

Great consternation has been caused in Vienna on receipt of the news
that, in view of BEETHOVEN'S full name being VAN BEETHOVEN, and his
origin Dutch, he has been removed from the list of belligerent composers
and regarded as a neutral by concert-givers in London and Paris. A
counter-movement has in consequence been started with the object of
treating BEETHOVEN as a hostile alien during the progress of the war.

The transports of enthusiasm caused in Berlin by the announcement that
Mr. G. B. SHAW had decided to be known in future as Mr. BERNHARDI SHAW
have given place to bitter disappointment on the peremptory denial of
the rumour by the famous comedian himself. As a matter of fact he is
hesitating between Benckendorff, Balakirev and Bomboudia.

       *       *       *       *       *

    "War F. N. Belgian Manager going home, sold new F. N. Motorbike
    2-1/2 H.P. kick starter at cost price."

    _Advt. in "Ceylon Independent."_

The starter will probably consider that it is not worth it.

       *       *       *       *       *

    "A flag day on behalf of the Belgian refugees was held at Wimbledon
    yesterday. A procession was formed in front of the Town Hall headed
    by the High Sheriff of Paris, M. Leo Strachey."--_Sunday Chronicle._

We welcome M. STRACHEY to England, and trust that he will be impressed
by such British institutions (_e.g. The Spectator_) as he may chance to
come across during his stay.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN.

  Who ran to watch how Nancy fell
  Beneath a storm of shot and shell,
  And, when she didn't, felt unwell?
        THE KAISER.

  Who stimulates his gentle sons
  To ape the manners of the Huns?
  Who doesn't feed the Bear with buns?
        THE KAISER.

  Who circulates ingenious glosses
  To minimize his army's losses,
  And scatters showers of Iron Crosses?
        THE KAISER.

  Who suffers agonizing pains
  When stern necessity constrains
  The bashing-in of Gothic fanes?
        THE KAISER.

  Who has for several weeks of late
  Omitted to communicate
  With any foreign potentate?
        THE KAISER.

  Who in a cage of steel, we're told,
  The tides of war about him rolled,
  Watches the scroll of Fate unfold?
        THE KAISER.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _The Recruit here portrayed, being most anxious to get
into KITCHENER'S Army, is determined to accommodate himself to any
conditions as they arise._

_Officer_ (_filling in form_). "WHAT'S YOUR RELIGION?"

_Zealous Recruit._ "WELL, WHAT ARE YOU SHORT OF?"

       *       *       *       *       *

FALSE PRETENCES.

Since the War began the military experts have monopolised one corner of
the smoke-room. Don't imagine I am going to write about them. It is in
the other corner of the smoke-room that the Cheering-Up Association
meets. There we all come and relate our business troubles and listen to
the troubles of our friends. It is wonderful how consoling other
people's troubles are. Robinson brightens perceptibly when he discovers
that Jenkins is also heading for the Bankruptcy Court.

Of course the talk began with Mitchell's play. It always does. We have
followed with tempered interest its pilgrimage from one manager to
another these two years.

"All U P," groaned Mitchell. "Algernon Princeton had promised faithfully
to produce it in October. Now he's closed his theatre. He's a pretty
patriot. If it had run--let us put it moderately--two hundred nights I
should have made £4,000 clear. American rights would have been worth
quite as much. Touring companies in the provinces, Colonial rights,
translation rights--why, I should have made ten thousand--no, in
business matters one must be accurate--say, twenty thousand. It's all
that WILLIAM! If I wasn't over age and hadn't tobacco heart, I'd go and
have a pop at him myself."

"That's just speculative loss," said Nairn. "Now I've lost an actual
income. You men know I'm by way of being a financial authority. Well,
who wants financial advice nowadays? I give you my word of honour I've
sold nothing since the war began except half-a-dozen articles on the
weakness of Germany's financial position. If it is anything like my
financial position the war won't last long. I envy Wilson over there.
He's got something to sell that's wanted. Nothing like the wholesale
woollen business nowadays."

Wilson shook his head. "You don't know all," he said. "I don't mind
telling you fellows in confidence that I owe over four thousand pounds,
and I don't know when I shall be in a position to pay it."

Everyone looked sympathetic, and when Wilson had risen from his seat and
walked towards the door there was a general murmur of "Poor fellow, it's
hit him very hard."

Wilson paused at the door and looked back. "Did I mention," he said,
"that I owe that sum to German manufacturers?"

It was unanimously voted by the Cheering-Up Association that no club
rule was violated when Mitchell hurled a match-stand at the member whom
we had been cheering up on false pretences.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE LAST LINE.

III.

As our wives remark to each other nowadays over the knitted helmets,
"It's extraordinary how dark London is at night." They then drop two and
purl two, and add, "Particularly as the evenings are drawing in so." But
while they prattle of it thus lightly we (their husbands) are outside in
it all, marching ... and wheeling ... and tripping over each other. At
what risk to ourselves I will show you.

It was Thursday the 22nd, and at six o'clock our Company might have been
seen (had there been a better light to see it by) progressing smartly in
column of platoons. The shades of night were falling fast as over
Regent's Park we passed, and my platoon was marching last, excelsior. As
my platoon came opposite our Commanding Officer he gave the order,
"About turn." We did so. "Form fours, left"--we made it that. The night
fell thicker; I can now speak only for myself and my immediate
neighbours. "Right incline"--we inclined rightly. Another "Right
incline" and a "Halt," and then the C.O. came up to look for us. My
platoon had got together somehow, and murmurs came to us from the
platoons behind us. You know how quickly a rumour will run through a
company. Such a rumour now ran through ours. It went from man to man; it
came to me at last; it went on ... it got to our Commander.

_"No. 1 platoon missing!"_

The C.O. came up to us, struck a match and counted us. Only three
platoons--we were a platoon short.

The rumour was true!

We never saw that platoon again. Its story, as we piece it together from
the tales of park-keepers, policemen and other non-combatants, is as
follows. It failed to hear the order "About-turn" and marched straight
forward. In the Regular Army a combination of obedience with initiative
is taught the recruit; we are still at the implicit obedience stage. No.
1 platoon had its orders. It came to some railings three hundred yards
further on and climbed over. At the Ornamental Lake it took to the
water. The survivors continued the march south. They were seen for a
moment at the Marble Arch, and then again at Epsom. Nothing more is
known definitely; but a specimen of the Corps badge has been found on
the beach at New Shoreham, and it is supposed.... Well, well--we shall
miss them.

These, then, are some of the dangers which we who drill in the evenings
face cheerfully. But there are other spirits, less brave but more
energetic, who drill in the early mornings. I have been told the hour at
which they fall in, and I tried at once to forget it. I am in bed then.
But there is, I know, one hero who comes up thirty miles from the
country to attend. In order to be there punctually he has to get up
three days beforehand each morning, and have his breakfast over-night;
but he does it.... And I think the Germans ought to know.

However, he and all of us had our reward last Saturday, when we marched
down to camp five hundred strong. It was not so much the remarks of the
spectators (many of whom foolishly mistook us for Belgian refugees)
which flattered us, as the respectful way in which the police held up
the traffic to let us pass. Five hundred men take some time passing; to
delay for that time the taxi of some impatient War Office official,
bulging with critical despatches, gave one an importance never to be
acquired in civil life. For a mere editor not even a tricycle would be
held up.

As I have said, our exact status in the military world was
misapprehended by the spectator. It so happened that our more elderly
members were on the left or pavement side, and it was from the pavement
side that I heard the remark (evidently from one who felt that his
relief-fund subscription had not really been wanted), "Well, they don't
_look_ 'ungry." Others on this side surmised that we were suspected
waiters rounded up from the different restaurants, and made humorous
complaints to us in our late capacities--as that their ice-pudding had
been fried too long. But on the road side we did better. Dear ladies,
observing only the flower of the Corps (myself and others), took us for
the real thing and called down blessings and kisses upon our heads; and
for a time we even deceived a small boy who had been watching us
eagerly. But only for a time. "Lumme," he said aloud to himself,
"there's _anuvver_ of 'em wiv knock-knees," and disillusionment cannot
have been long delayed.

It may be admitted that some of the more active ones feel it a little
that they have to carry the more elderly ones with them. A suggestion
has been made that there should be an age-limit of eighty-five, but I
don't know if it will come to anything. Another suggestion is that a
special Veterans' Wing should be formed, which, instead of marching,
would go out at the week-ends with a couple of cement-hounds, and look
for cement foundations. It is felt that the work would be useful and yet
not too active. It is in the same spirit that we discuss what will be
done with the Corps as a whole when the Germans arrive. The pessimistic
view is that we shall be immediately interned by the War Office, to keep
us out of trouble. Others, more hopeful, think that we might be kept for
"exchanges," in case the enemy make any notable captures. For instance,
five of us might be considered the equivalent of an artillery mule; a
platoon would balance a Territorial subaltern; and the whole bunch could
be offered for (say) the return of the Albert Memorial. But the most
popular impression is that we shall be asked to give some sort of
display in the centre, _in order to lure the Germans on_. And while we
are forming fours strongly and persistently in front of them ... the
real attack (Regulars and Territorials--with rifles) ... will fall
suddenly upon their flanks ... and decimate them.

So we talk, but at heart we take it seriously; and very seriously and
gratefully we take the real soldiers who give up their time to teach us,
and do not seem to think that that time will be altogether wasted.

  A. A. M.

       *       *       *       *       *

MISTAKEN POLICY.

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--I am directed to give you notice that the Vesuvius Fire
Insurance Co., Ltd. has lately acquired the freehold of these premises
and desires to have the insurance against loss or damage by fire
transferred to itself. The premium, at the rate of one shilling and
sixpence per cent. on their value, is fifteen shillings. Upon receipt of
this sum I will give immediate instructions for a policy to be issued
and forwarded to you.

I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully,

  D. SMITH, Secy.,

The Vesuvius Fire Insurance Co., Ltd

  H. JONES, Esq.

       * * *

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--In reply to your letter of yesterday, I find that I have an
unexpired policy for £1,000 with the Etna, an office which has enjoyed
my confidence for many years and in which I have other insurances. Under
this policy I am held covered till Lady Day not only against fire, but
also against lightning, explosions of gas--most things, in fact, except
riots, earthquakes, the King's enemies, aeroplanes and volcanoes.
Regretting, therefore, that I am unable to give you the business,
because of the more extensive benefits conferred by the Etna.

I am, yours faithfully,

The Secy.,        HY. JONES.

The Vesuvius Insce. Co.

       * * *

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--I am in receipt of your letter, but I would beg to refer you
to your lease. You will find it there expressly stipulated that you
shall insure in some office of repute in London or Westminster _to be
approved of in writing by the Lessors_. In these circumstances you will
no doubt be persuaded of the desirability of sending me the premium
forthwith, in order to effect an insurance which has your Lessors'
approval. It is possible that the office you name would give you credit
for so much of the premium as is proportionate to the risk unexpired.
Yours faithfully,

D. SMITH, etc., etc.

H. JONES, Esq.

       * * *

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--I feel very keenly the suggestion that the Etna is an office
of questionable repute. The likelihood of fire is small, as
unfortunately the premises are at present standing empty, though I have
a tenant in prospect. But in any case it is unthinkable that the Etna
could not assemble a thousand pounds, should the need arise. If you care
to write to me again shortly before Lady Day with terms no less
advantageous than those I now enjoy, I do not say that I should not be
prepared to consider them. But in the meantime this unprofitable
discussion must cease.

Yours faithfully,

The Secy.,          HY. JONES.

The Vesuvius Insce. Co.

       * * *

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--I am directed to inform you that, unless the premium for
effecting a fresh insurance in this office is forwarded within a week,
proceedings will be taken to enforce the forfeiture of your lease
without any further notice whatever.

Yours faithfully,

D. SMITH, etc., etc.

H. JONES, Esq.

       * * *

"Thorny Bank."

Dear Sir,--Being desirous of effecting an insurance of these premises
against fire, I should be obliged if you would kindly give instructions
for a policy to be issued at once. I enclose postal order for fifteen
shillings. The policy when issued should be forwarded to me.

Yours faithfully,

The Secy.,          HY. JONES.

The Vesuvius Insce. Co.

       * * *

Policy No. 3,262,854.

Dear Sir,--I regret that owing to my absence in Scotland the safe
receipt of this policy was not sooner acknowledged. But I still more
regret to have to inform you that the insured premises were totally
destroyed by fire at a late hour last night, the cause of ignition being
ascribed to the caretaker's habit of smoking in bed. Whilst sympathising
with you in your loss, I find, on reference to my lease, that I am under
covenant to reinstate them as speedily as possible. As I particularly
wish to avoid any unpleasantness with my Lessors, may I ask you to
proceed with the work at once?

Yours faithfully,

The Secy.,         HY. JONES.

The Vesuvius Insce. Co.

       * * *

Policy No. 3,262,854.

Sir,--I am in receipt of your letter of yesterday, which has been handed
to the Claims Department. I recollect that in a former letter you
adverted to an existing policy with the Etna Office, and as that office
will be liable to contribute a share of the moneys covered by the double
insurance you are required to furnish particulars of the policy.

Yours truly,   D. SMITH, etc., etc.

H. JONES, Esq.

       * * *

Policy No. 3,262,854.

Dear Sir,--I enclose, as requested, particulars of my policy with the
Etna. For my own part, I do not quite see how it will help you, since,
profiting by your advice, I succeeded in obtaining a part rebate of
premium--thus, I apprehend, releasing the risk. But no doubt you know
best.

Yours very truly,

The Secy.,        HY. JONES.

The Vesuvius Insce. Co.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _Patriotic Teacher._ "'ENGLAND EXPECTS----'NOW, WILL
ONE OF YOU BOYS FINISH THE SENTENCE? 'ENGLAND EXPECTS----'"

_Bright Pupil._ "TO WIN!"

       *       *       *       *       *

"91 TO SING SOLO."

_Asbury Park Evening Express._

Too many.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _First Trooper._ "THAT'S A NICE PAIR OF OOLAN BOOTS YOU
GOT THERE, BILL."

_Second Trooper._ "YES; NOT BAD. HAD TO KNOCK OUT SIX OF THE BLIGHTERS
AFORE I GOT A PAIR TO FIT ME!"

       *       *       *       *       *

IN DARKEST GERMANY.

(_Being a humble appeal to English Divines, suggested by the attitude of
Teuton Professors to the Belgian atrocities._)

  Hear me, most noble missionaries who,
    Toiling on Africa's half-tutored shore,
  Had words quite recently at Kikuyu
    Whereof the motley bard may say no more.

  I would not dare to judge of warring creeds;
    It may be that the dark-skinned Hottentot
  Has skill to balance up his spirit's needs
    And know that this is truth and that is not.

  But there are sloughs of ignorance so deep
    That sect and rubric seem to fade away,
  Souls unaroused as yet from barbarous sleep
    That have not glimpsed the prospect of the day.

  These have no art to tell the wrong from right
    Who tot up two and two to sums unknown;
  Uganda, relatively erudite,
    Has wants unfelt by Frankfurt and Cologne.

  So, when the flags are furled, the trumpets mute,
    And soft-voiced messengers replace the guns,
  Let it be yours to stifle old dispute
    And found a first-aid mission to the Huns;

  Teaching them not at first the subtler things
    Of dogma, suited to a folk more wise,
  Such gospel as ye bear to savage kings,
    But "steal no longer" and "have done with lies."

  Tell them that murder is esteemed "_tabu_",
    That the Red Cross is now a sacred sign;
  Tell them no more than that; it will be new;
    They have no need of ritual on the Rhine.

  Let presently a non-sectarian school,
    Where knowledge shall be taught to Teuton men
  That mumbo-jumbo is an out-worn rule,
    Be built at Heidelberg or Göttingen.

  There shall the Vandal sages come and go,
    And learn at last why Belgium felt chagrin,
  And pace the Prussian goose-step very slow,
    From class to class, with lots of halts between.

  They shall attain in time, but not as yet,
    To starrier heights that now the negroes win;
  Meanwhile your common goal is clearly set
    To wake the untouched blindness of Berlin.

  EVOE.

       *       *       *       *       *

ANOTHER IMPENDING APOLOGY.

    "Lieutenant Asquith's first thought is for the comfort and feeding
    of his mary ..."--_Daily Record._

       *       *       *       *       *

From an ante-War advertisement:--

    "HOLIDAY COURSES IN GERMAN, KAISERSLAUTEN, RHENISH PALATINATE.

    Lectures under the auspices of the International Peace
    Association.--Aug. 3 to Aug. 29."

This course of pacific lectures has had to be postponed, but it is hoped
that it may be given by the end of next summer under the auspices of the
Allies in Berlin.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: A PLAIN DUTY.

BRITANNIA (_to Holland_). "MY RESOURCES AND MY OBLIGATIONS ARE GREATER
THAN YOURS; LET THIS SERVICE FALL UPON ME."

[The number of Belgian refugees in Holland is probably ten times as
great as the number in England.]

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: "WELL, WILLIAM, HEARD ANYTHING OF YOUR SON?"

"NO, MISS; BUT THEY'LL SEND 'E TO THE FRONT RIGHT AWAY. 'E BE JUST THE
MAN THEY BE WANTIN' THERE."

"I'M SURE HE IS. BUT WHY DO YOU THINK HE WILL GO STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT?"

"WHY, YOU SEE, MISS, 'E'LL BE ABLE TO SHOW 'EM THE WAY ABOUT. 'E WAS AT
THE BOER WAR, AN' KNOWS ALL THEM FURRIN' PARTS."

       *       *       *       *       *

THE REAL REASON.

Mr. Arthur Grayson, recently returned from Bad Nauheim, brings an
interview with His Excellency Herr VON BODE, which he obtained under
curious circumstances. It seems that the famous Director of the Kaiser
Friedrich Museum in Berlin, and for long the ultimate arbiter of taste
in Germany, wishing to send a message to the American people, wrote to
an American journalist, also, as it chanced, named Grayson, and also a
resident in the other Grayson's hotel, making an appointment. But the
American Grayson had then gone, and the English Grayson having opened
his letter by mistake, and being not unwilling to see Berlin for himself
during war-time, carried the missive to the capital, met the illustrious
virtuoso and received the confidences intended for the instruction of
New York and Washington, correcting their preposterous view of the
German origin of the war.

We now give Mr. Grayson's words: "'To make you understand the situation
clearly,' said Herr VON BODE, 'we must go back a little into history.
Some years ago I was offered by an English dealer a wax bust of Flora,
which I saw in a moment was by LEONARDO DA VINCI. No trained eye could
have mistaken it for anything else. I therefore bought it and made it
the very jewel of this superb collection. England, however, always
envious and acquisitive, in matters of connoisseurship dense, and now
mad with rage to think that I alone had sufficient culture to discern
the true and beautiful, at once set up the cry that the bust was the
work not of LEONARDO in the fifteenth century, but of an Englishman
named LUCAS in the nineteenth. They stopped at nothing in defence of
this claim. The English sculptor's son was even produced to remember his
father at work on it; while it was affirmed that a piece of his father's
waistcoat had been used as an internal support for the bust. The
campaign of calumny and mis-information, in short, was as thorough as if
WOLFF'S Bureau--I mean it was very thorough.'

"'And what happened?' I asked.

"'We had no doubt ourselves,' said my companion. 'Had Mr. TUSSAUD
himself sworn that he was the modeller only yesterday we should have had
no doubt, so indelibly, to the competent German eye, was the genius of
LEONARDO stamped upon it. But we permitted the bust to be opened from
the back, and true enough a piece of modern cloth was found within.
That, however, as I say, could not affect the authenticity of the work,
for it might easily have been sent to LUCAS for renovation, and it is
well known that a renovator often stuffs something inside the shell of
these busts to keep it from falling in while he is at work.'

"'Still it was, perhaps, awkward for you?' I asked.

"'In the contemptible English art circles some cry of triumph was
raised,' he replied, 'but no one in Germany was shaken. Moreover, they
knew--what I knew--that England raised these doubts merely to cover her
own original stupidity and ignorance. She was now convinced that it was
by LEONARDO, because she knew I could not err, and her game was to
belittle the bust. How barbaric! how devilish! but how characteristic!
And why did she belittle it?" he continued.

"'Why, indeed, go to that trouble?' I said.

"'Because'--his words were slow and impressive--'_because she wanted
it_! She wanted it, hungered for it, thirsted for it. She had let it go
and she could not forgive herself. How much she wanted it no one will
ever know!' He paused.

"'What then did she do?' he resumed. 'Finding that her bitter attack on
the bust was useless, and served only to make us prize it the more, she
began to plot to steal it. I could not tell you the number of attempts
that have been made to get possession of this world-wonder. No one could
tell you. Day after day Englishmen, disguised even as German gentlemen,
thronged the museum, all asking the way to the bust. We were continually
on our guard. Attendants patrolled the room day and night. Our efforts
were successful.'

"He paused again and looked at me in triumph.

"'Yes,' he resumed, 'the bust remained where it was. England, in
despair, then decided that a supreme effort must be made, and began to
arm and mobilize. The art faction got hold of Sir EDWARD GREY--nobbled
him, as you say. It was upon learning of this treacherous preparation
and its dastardly motive, that our sublime KAISER took the action he
did. I say it with conviction, there would have been no war but for
England's mad desire to possess again the LEONARDO wax bust.'

"'But what about the violation of Belgium?' I asked.

"'Ah!' he said darkly. 'It was England's intention to march through
Belgium to Berlin to get the bust. Fortunately we knew that. We
therefore marched through Belgium first.'

"With these words the famous virtuoso sat back in his chair.

"'If you will consent to be blind-folded for a part of the journey--a
necessary precaution which I am sure you will appreciate,' he remarked a
moment or so later,--'I will show you the priceless masterpiece in its
hiding-place. Then you will understand. Also I should like the world to
know how Germany reveres and guards its choicest treasures."

"Naturally I consented, and a bandage being bound over my eyes I took
the hand of my companion and was led away.

"You may wonder that after everything that has been happening recently I
was willing thus to entrust myself to a German, but you must remember
that so far as he knew I was an American, a member of a country whose
goodwill has been angled for with every conceivable bait. It is not as
if I had been a cathedral or a French priest or a Belgian mother.

"For how far I was led I cannot say, but we seemed to descend an
incredible distance into the earth and then pass along interminable
passages. At last my eyes were unbound and I discovered myself to be in
the midst of a company of soldiers armed to the teeth, obviously
underground, and I saw opposite me, in the light of an electric torch, a
massive iron gate, which the supreme expert proceeded to unlock.

"We entered a gloomy cavern and again were confronted by a massive gate,
which in its turn was also unlocked, revealing an inner chamber in the
midst of which was a glass case.

"My companion reverently uncovered. 'The triumph of my career,' he
murmured. 'The coping-stone of my virtuosity. The cause of my
ennoblement.'

"Before us was the famous wax bust, fresh from the hands of LUC--I mean
LEONARDO.

"'And the early-Victorian waistcoat,' I said, 'which the clumsy fellow
who renovated this bust always stuffed into the Leonardos which he was
called upon to botch--you still have that?"

"'Oh no,' replied the enthusiast hastily, 'we threw that away. Why keep
that? But you can understand," he continued, "why we have taken all the
precautions we have? Whatever else might be lost in any attack on
Berlin--should one be within the bounds of possibility--this must be
saved.'

"'Not only must,' I replied, 'but will be saved. I feel certain that your
plans have been sufficient. England, whatever else she may take from
Berlin, will leave this bust with you.'

"He wrung my hand. 'You hearten me,' he said. 'But now for the return
journey;' and again the bandage was applied."

       *       *       *       *       *

ILLUSTRATION:

I.

II.

III.

"MORNING, MATE. BIT BREEZY FOR GETTING A LIGHT, AIN'T IT?"

       *       *       *       *       *

Among other items being produced at the Ambassadors' Theatre by an
Anglo-Franco-Belgian company is "My Lady's Undress." A contemporary
describes this as "a good take-off."

       *       *       *       *       *

    "English submarine after a rude battle drowned the German Ship
    Heine."

This is from _The Bahia Blanca Times_ (the only foreign paper we take
in), and shows how the news gets about.

       *       *       *       *       *

_The Daily News_ quotes the _Berlin Taegliche Rundschau_ as follows:--

    "Germany and Holland ... are neighbours of ethnological affinity and
    united by numerous commercial and intellectual bombs."

Even the bombs in Germany are cultured.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE ARREST.

"Excuse me, but can you tell me which is Hunter Street?" said the tall
pleasant-looking man with the slightly foreign aspect.

"Hunter Street," I said, waving a vague hand, "lies over there. It is,"
I continued, fixing him with a stern look, "for constabulary purposes a
chapel-of-ease to Bow Street."

He did not seem in the least perturbed.

"Ah!" he said, "a special constable, I suppose?"

I was only going on duty--theoretically I am never off duty--but I am
missing no chances.

"Yes," I said, "I am. Do you mind telling me, quite between ourselves,
you know, whether you are a German spy?"

He smiled slightly.

"Because if you are," I said, "perhaps you wouldn't mind holding on a
minute. The strap of my truncheon has (tug) got fouled (tug) with my
(tug) braces."

I got it out at last and stroked it lovingly. "I can't start before I'm
ready," I said. "Rather neat bit of wood--what? Chose it myself at Bow
Street. I take a 13-1/2-ounce racquet, you know."

"You seem," he said, "to have given up caring whether I am a German spy
or not."

"Your mistake," I said; "I was merely gaining time to size you up
properly. Better take your pince-nez off. Broken glass is such a
nuisance, don't you think?"

He ignored the friendly hint. "As a matter of fact," he said, "I _am_
partly German."

"Show me the German part," I said, gripping the corrugations of my
truncheon more tightly. "I'm a little pressed for time."

"And partly French," he went on.

"That's rather awkward," I said.

"And I was born in Russia."

"Worse and worse," I said.

"And spent practically the first twenty years of my life in Italy."

"This," I said, "is the absolute boundary. Yours is a case for the New
Prize Courts."

"But you haven't formally arrested me yet," he said.

"True," I said, "I'm just coming to that part, but at the moment I've
forgotten the opening movements of the half-nelson."

"My wife," he said musingly, "will be very annoyed. She's extremely
English, you know."

"Look here," I said, "I really think I shall let you go, after all. So
little of you is the enemy, so much the friend, that I don't care to
take the responsibility of arresting you. But perhaps I ought to resign.
Come and have a sandwich, I've just time for one, and we can talk it
over."

"Right," he said, "we may as well. By the way, it was my grandparents on
my mother's side who were French and German." Then, producing his
warrant card, he said, "I am a Special too. My name's Briggs."

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: TALES FROM THE TRENCHES.

_Some of our Soldiers, who were within seventy yards of the German
trenches, hoisted an improvised target. The Germans did the same. Both
sides signalled the result of the shooting._

_First Tommy._ "GET DOWN! DO YOU WANT 'EM TO COP YER?"

_Second Tommy._ "BLIMY! THE PERISHERS SIGNALLED MY BULL A MISS, AND I'M
JUST AGOIN' TO 'OP OVER AN' TELL 'EM ABAHT IT."

       *       *       *       *       *

The following reaches us from General Headquarters abroad:--

    "ARMY TROOP ORDER, NO. 40.--Information has been received that many
    Field Service postcards are arriving at the G. P. O. without any
    address on them. The instructions printed on the cards that nothing
    is to be written on them does not apply to the address. O. C.'s are
    requested to bring this fact to the notice of all ranks. _Oct. 12,
    1914._"

The discipline in the Army seems to be almost too good.

       *       *       *       *       *

    "The German Press is conducting a campaign to prove that Belgium was
    deceived by the English, who, it is asserted, depicted the Germans
    as sausages; hence the people were frightened when the German troops
    approached."--_Yorkshire Evening Press._

The Scotch, however, are even less polite, _The Aberdeen Evening
Express_ announcing boldly--

    "GORILLA FIGHTING ON THE BELGIAN FRONTIER."

       *       *       *       *       *

THE KHAKI MUFFLER.

The blinds were drawn, the lamps were lit and the fire was burning
brightly. I was reading an evening paper--we get the 5.30 edition at the
moment of publication, though we are thirty miles from London--and I had
just found Prezymyzle (my own pronunciation) on the map for the
thousandth time. Helen says that quite in the early days of the war she
was told it ought to be pronounced Perimeeshy, but that seems
impossible. Rosie declares for Prozmeel. Still she isn't very confident
about it. One thing seems certain: when the Russians take this
jaw-cracking town they will pronounce it quite differently from the
Austrian form, whatever that may be. Just think of what happened to
Lemberg. There appeared to be a kind of finality about that, but no
sooner were the Russians in it than it turned into Lwow. After that
anything might happen to Przemysl.

However, there were the three of us sitting in the library. I was
helping the common cause with the evening paper and the map, and Helen
and Rosie were knitting away like mad at khaki mufflers for Lady FRENCH.
Click-click went the needles; the youthful fingers moved with incredible
deftness and celerity, and line after line was added by each executant
to her already enormous pile. There had been a long silence, and the
time for breaking it seemed to have come.

"Well done, both of you," I said. "You really are getting on to-day. A
week ago I thought you'd never get finished, and now----" I waved my
hand encouragingly at the two heaps of wool-work.

"There," said Helen, "you've made me drop one."

"Pick it up again," I said with enthusiasm. "What were girls made for if
not to pick up dropped stitches? But tell me," I added, "what would
happen if you didn't pick it up?"

"My soldier," said Helen gloomily, "would go into the trenches and,
instead of having a muffler, he would suddenly find himself coming
undone all over him. Do you think he would like that?"

"No," I said, "he wouldn't. No soldier could possibly like a thing of
that sort when he's got to fight Germans."

"I wonder," put in Rosie, "what _my_ soldier will be like. I think I
should like him to have a moustache--yes, I'm sure I want him to have a
moustache."

"He'll have a moustache all right," said Helen, who is practical rather
than dreamy. "And he'll have whiskers, too, and a beard as long as your
arm. Do you think people have time to shave when they're in trenches?"

"Well, anyhow," said Rosie, "both our soldiers will be very brave men."

"That," said Helen, "is quite certain. Let's put in some good hard
stitches to thank them for their bravery."

There was a short silence while this operation was performed with great
zeal. The fingers flew through their complicated task and the web seemed
to grow visibly.

"Haven't you both," I said, "done about enough? Talk about mufflers! In
my day a muffler was something a man wore round his neck; but your
mufflers would serve to clothe a whole platoon from head to heel with
something left over. Benevolence is all very well, but you shouldn't
overdo it. There isn't a soldier alive who wouldn't trip over your
mufflers. Think of him tripped up by a muffler and caught by a German."

"Lady FRENCH," said Helen, "wrote in her letter to _The Times_ that
every muffler was to be two yards and a half long and twelve inches
broad."

"Well," I said, "you've got the breadth all right."

"Yes," said Helen, "we got that in the first line, and we've never let
go of it since. Anybody could get the breadth. _You_ could do that if
you tried."

"Graceless child," I said, "you don't seem to be aware that in my
earliest boyhood I once began to knit a sock."

"But you didn't finish it," said Helen. "I know that story."

"Fathers," said Rosie, "could knit very well if they tried, but they
won't try."

"Come," I said, "I won't compete with you in knitting, but I'm game to
bet you've done seven feet six inches in length already."

"All right," said Helen, "we'll bet a penny. Only remember, mine was
only six feet yesterday and Rosie's was four inches shorter."

I spread the fabrics on the floor and set to work with a tape measure.
The first result was, Helen five feet eleven inches; Rosie five feet six
inches.

"This," I said, "is maddening. You are imitating Penelope."

"I don't know about Penelope," said Helen, "but you haven't straightened
them out enough."

I smoothed them out carefully and measured again. This time the result
was, Helen six feet two inches; Rosie five feet ten inches.

"Capital!" I said; "I will do some more smoothing."

"No," said Helen, "that won't be fair to Lady FRENCH or our soldiers. We
must give them an inch or so over, if anything;" and they picked up the
unfinished mufflers and set to work at them with renewed energy.

       * * *

This was four days ago. Now both the mufflers are gloriously finished
and ready to be despatched. When our two soldiers wear them we hope they
will feel that there is a little magic in them as well as a great deal
of warmth. There is love knitted into them and admiration and gratitude,
and there are quiet thoughts of beautiful English country-sides and
happy homes which our soldiers are helping to guard for us, though they
are far away.

  R. C. L.

       *       *       *       *       *

THE LOST SEASON.

(_A Point of View._)

  Farewell to the stretches of pasture and plough
    And the flicker of sterns through the gorse on the hill,
  And the mulberry coats there, alone with them now,
    To cheer as they're finding and whoop at the kill;
  Farewell to the vale and the woodland forlorn,
    To the fox in his earth and the hound on his bench;
  Unheard is the pack and unheeded the horn,
    So loud and so near are the bugles of FRENCH.

  The lines of blood hunters are gone from the stalls
    And a host of good men to the millions that meet,
  For grim is the Huntsman, in thunder he calls,
    And continents roar with the galloping feet;
  There's a country to cross where the fences are steel,
    And, though many must fall and the finish is far,
  There is none shall outride them, with heart, hand and heel,
    Who have gone hard and straight in "The Image of War."

       *       *       *       *       *

THE GERMAN "DOVE."

(_Suggested by recent exploits of the "Taube" Aeroplane._)

  In ancient and in happier days the Dove
  Stood as an emblem sure of peace and love;
  Now must we link it with the fiend who flies
  Down-dropping death on children from the skies.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _Sportsman._ "LAST TWO CARTRIDGES, DAN. WHAT'S TO BE DONE
NOW?"

_Dan'l._ "YE'LL HEV TO TAKE TO THE BAINIT, COLONEL."

       *       *       *       *       *

A NEW ART.

    [It is rumoured that Cinema playwrights, following the example of
    certain well-known stage dramatists, are likely in future, in
    addition to the film representations, to publish their works in
    novel-form. The manuscript of one of the earliest of these
    productions has just come into our hands.]

LOVE AND DIPLOMACY.

CHAPTER I.

The last rays of the setting sun, shining through the windows of the
Foreign Office, fell upon Clement Carmichael, the brilliant young
Foreign Secretary, as he sat at his desk studying despatches. A slight
noise caused him to raise his head sharply, and he observed a stranger
of alien appearance standing before him.

Without a word the intruder produced a revolver and levelled it at
Carmichael. Caught like a rat in a trap, the latter, after a moment's
hesitation, handed over the despatches and leaned back with an
expression of bitter despair.

"It is Raymond Blütherski!" he gasped when he was again alone. "I am
ruined!"

CHAPTER II.

There was not an instant to be lost. Dashing down the steps of the
Foreign Office, Carmichael leapt into the waiting motor and shouted
hoarsely to the driver. A moment later the car was disappearing rapidly
down the street.

CHAPTER III.

Felix Capperton, the detective whose fame had penetrated two
hemispheres, was playing chess with his daughter Madge, a tall and
beautiful blonde. Suddenly the door opened and Carmichael entered
hastily. In a few tense words he explained the situation to the famous
sleuth, while Madge Capperton stood silent, pressing her hands to her
heart.

The detective pointed meaningly at the chessboard, and Carmichael bent
over it with an expectant face.

"It is checkmate!" he said.

"We will checkmate Blütherski!" replied the other confidently.

The eyes of the Foreign Secretary met those of the girl and a
sympathetic smile passed between them.

CHAPTER IV.

In his private sanctum Capperton with skillful fingers fixed a moustache
and side whiskers to his lean and mobile face. His daughter handed him a
soft hat and a Gladstone bag, and he was transformed before her eyes
into a commercial traveller.


CHAPTER V.

Raymond Blütherski paced the deck of a Channel steamer, deeply absorbed
in the fateful despatches. Suddenly he turned smartly on his heels.

He was face to face with Capperton, disguised as a commercial traveller.

Accustomed to such emergencies his mind was made up in an instant.
Rolling the papers into a ball, he hurled them into the mouth of a large
ventilator which stood near.

Unhesitatingly the detective threw himself into the ventilator and
disappeared head first. With a cry of baffled rage Blütherski followed.

CHAPTER VI.

In the bows of the same steamer stood Madge Capperton and Clement
Carmichael, gazing anxiously before them. Her fingers tightened on his
arm. Their faces took on an expression of horror and despair.

A huge liner was bearing directly down upon them!

CHAPTER VII.

In the treacherous waters of the English Channel the brilliant young
Foreign Secretary supported Madge Capperton with one arm, while with the
other he swam strongly towards the only floating object in view.

As they drew near he perceived that it was a large ship's ventilator. It
was sinking fast, and from its mouth protruded the heads of two men
engaged in a life-and-death struggle. They were Capperton and
Blütherski.

With a cry of encouragement Carmichael redoubled his efforts.

CHAPTER VIII.

A ship's lifeboat, propelled by strong and willing arms, travelled
swiftly across the sea. Presently a shout went up from the man in the
bow. Four figures were seen struggling frantically in the water, and the
rowers bent themselves with renewed energy to their oars.

CHAPTER IX.

On board the liner which had been responsible both for the collision and
the rescue, Raymond Blütherski, a sinister figure, was seen to leave his
cabin and disappear down the corridor. An instant later Carmichael and
Capperton entered stealthily. With quick cat-like movements the
detective pushed open the door and tip-toed into the cabin.

Carmichael waited outside in an attitude of intense watchfulness. As a
steward passed down the corridor he assumed a careless expression and
lit a cigarette with nonchalant elaboration.

Directly the steward had gone the watcher resumed his vigil, every nerve
on the alert.

CHAPTER X.

Inside the cabin the detective hurriedly opened drawers, turned over
bed-clothes, tapped partitions and felt in boots. Then with an
expression of disappointment he turned to the door.

CHAPTER XI.

In the corridor the two men stood face to face.

"Have you found them?" asked Carmichael hoarsely.

"No. They have sunk in the sea!" replied the other.

CHAPTER XII.

Across the smooth waters of the English Channel a motor-boat moved
swiftly. In the bows the Foreign Secretary and the detective gazed
earnestly forward.

Presently the latter clutched Carmichael's arm with an oath. Another
boat had come into view, and they perceived that a diver in full costume
was climbing into it.

The motor-boat came to a stop alongside the other. It could be seen that
the diver held in his hand a ball of paper.

CHAPTER XIII.

The diver's headpiece was being unscrewed. On either side of him stood
Capperton and Carmichael, each with a loaded revolver.

At length the cumbrous helmet was lifted off and the face of the diver
was revealed.

It was Madge!

CHAPTER XIV.

The motor-boat drew up beside the quay and the Foreign Secretary stepped
out with the detective and his daughter. All were plainly in a joyous
mood, and they smiled happily at each other.

So gratified were they at their success that they quite failed to
observe three men, who crept up stealthily behind them and thrust pads
soaked in chloroform over their mouths.

In a few seconds the struggles of the victims ceased, and their inert
bodies were roughly thrust into a waiting motor.

From the driver's seat Blütherski smiled sardonically.

CHAPTER XV.

Madge Capperton lay in a cellar of Blütherski's house, tightly bound and
gagged. But her indomitable spirit was not yet cowed.

Using the edge of a rough stone as a saw she was laboriously severing
the cord which tied her wrists. At length her persistence was rewarded
and the frayed ends of the rope fell apart.

In fifteen seconds she stood up free.

CHAPTER XVI.

In another cellar, similarly shackled, the resolute detective was
exerting all his mighty strength to burst his bonds.

With a superhuman effort he broke the cord which held his arms, and in
fifteen seconds he also was free.

CHAPTER XVII.

In a small room in the same house the detective's daughter methodically
pressed her hand against picture after picture hung on the walls. Her
face was grimly determined.

At last she was successful. A large section of the wall slid back,
revealing a dark opening.

After a few seconds' natural hesitation the brave girl stepped through
the aperture.

CHAPTER XVIII.

Raymond Blütherski lay asleep. On his dressing-table rested the fatal
ball of paper.

Suddenly a portion of the wall moved back and Madge Capperton appeared
in the opening. As noiselessly as possible she crept forward and
snatched up the despatches. In a few seconds she would be safe!

At that instant Blütherski awoke, leapt out of his bed and grasped her
roughly by the arm. But he had reckoned without Capperton.

The commanding figure of the detective appeared in the room. He levelled
a large revolver at Blütherski, and the latter threw up his hands with a
cry of baffled hate.

CHAPTER XIX.

In a moonlit garden Clement Carmichael was waiting impatiently.
Presently Madge came to him with a radiant face and placed the lost
despatches in his hands. His reputation was saved!

Seizing the girl in his arms he pressed his lips to hers in a long
passionate kiss.

THE END.

       *       *       *       *       *

CASUS BELLI.

(_For a sensitive Scot._)

  Tea-shop, how I loathe thee!
    Our connection's o'er;
  Henceforth I don't know thee
    Any more.

  'Tisn't that I did not
    On thy pastry dote;
  'Tisn't that it slid not
    Down my throat;

  'Tisn't that thy crumpets
    Fell a trifle flat--
  If I've got the hump it's
    Not from that.

  'Tisn't that the waitress
    Tried to wink at me,
  Or let fall a stray tress
    In my tea;

  'Tisn't that I tossed thee
    Tenpence in the till
  For a snack that cost thee
    Almost _nil_....

  Nay, 'twas _this_ unnerved me--
    Just a sc[)o]ne alone,
  Which the lass who served me
    Called a sc[=o]ne.

       *       *       *       *       *

IN A GOOD CAUSE.

In connection with his chief Cartoon of this week, _Mr. Punch_ begs to
invite his readers to help the kind people of Holland on whom the care
of so many Belgian refugees has fallen. Contributions will be gladly
received by the International Women's Relief Committee (Miss Chrystal
Macmillan, Treasurer), 7, Adam Street, Adelphi, W.C.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: _Scene: A Recruiting Station in Ireland._ IN ORDER NOT TO
LOSE A STALWART RECRUIT WHO HAPPENS TO BE UNDER THE STANDARD HEIGHT
MEASUREMENT THE EXAMINING OFFICER MAKES A BRILLIANT SUGGESTION TO
SERGEANT O'FLANAGAN--

Illustration: --WHICH SUGGESTION SERGEANT O'FLANAGAN CARRIES OUT WITH A
HIGHLY SATISFACTORY RESULT.

       *       *       *       *       *

OUR BOOKING-OFFICE.

(_By Mr. Punch's Staff of Learned Clerks._)

_Coasting Bohemia_ is the attractive title of a series of essays upon
men and matters by Mr. COMYNS CARR, issued in a portly volume published
by MACMILLAN. During the last forty years Mr. CARR, eminently a clubable
man, has made the acquaintance and enjoyed the friendship of a galaxy of
painters, authors and actors. He was equally at home with MILLAIS,
ALMA-TADEMA, ROSSETTI, BURNE-JONES, WHISTLER, GEORGE MEREDITH, HENRY
IRVING and ARTHUR SULLIVAN. A shrewd observer, quick in sympathy, apt in
characterisation, he has much that is interesting and informing to say
of each. Perhaps the chapter on WHISTLER is the most attractive, since
in some respects his individuality was the most pronounced. In a couple
of brief sentences, pleasing in the slyness of their gentle malice, Mr.
CARR hits off a striking quality in the character of the WHISTLER we
most of us knew. "At times," he writes, "Whistler was even greedy of
applause, and, provided it was full and emphatic enough, showed no
inclination to question its source or authority. There were moments
indeed when, if it appeared to lack volume or vehemence, he was ready
himself to supply what was deficient." Mr. CARR has in his time played
many parts. He made a start at the Bar, but did not get further than the
position of a Junior, which suited him admirably. As a critic, he cannot
plead in extenuation the dictum of DISRAELI that critics are those who
have failed in Literature and Art. He has written several successful
plays, was English editor of _L'Art_, was among the founders of the New
Gallery, and remains established as one of our best after-dinner
speakers. Of such is the kingdom of Bohemia. From these various sources
he draws a stream of reminiscence that runs pleasantly through many
pages. The only drawback to the delight with which I read them arose
from the circumstance that the volume was uncut. Why should a harmless
reviewer be compelled to "coast Bohemia" armed with a paper-knife,
interrupted, when he comes to an exceptionally interesting point, by
necessity for cutting a chunk of pages? _R.S.V.P._, Messrs. MACMILLAN.

       * * *

  The ease with which the nuptial knot
    In Yankee-land is severed--such is
  The underlying theme of what
    _The Letter of the Contract_ touches;
  So, but that BASIL KING has brain
    And uses it when he is writing,
  The book (from METHUEN) might contain
    Little that's novel or inviting.

  Yet it's so good it's doomed to miss,
    I rather fear, the approbation
  Of folk who hope such books as this
    May help the cause of reformation;
  For, if divorce in U.S.A.
    Inspires such work, it stands to reason
  To change the law in any way
    Amounts to literary treason.

       * * *

In contemplating the present season's output of fiction I have been
impressed by the number of novels that might apparently have been
written with an eye to the conditions that attended their publication.
Which, unless one credits our romancers with much further sight than is
commonly supposed to be their portion, is absurd. The thing is a
coincidence; and of this there is no more striking example than the
story that ANNE DOUGLAS SEDGWICK has prepared for the world this autumn.
She calls it _The Encounter_ (ARNOLD), and it is all about the struggle
between "the Nietzschean attitude of mind in Germany," as exemplified in
an egotistical, crack-brained genius named _Ludwig Wehlitz_, and the
ideals of civilized Christianity exemplified in several other more
agreeable persons. You will own that this is at least _á propos_. The
whole thing is, of course, quite charmingly told. All the characters are
thoroughly alive; most of all perhaps the placid, tolerant and entirely
practical mother of the heroine. _Persis Fennamy_ had been introduced to
the genius as a suitable disciple and possible helpmate by the
_Signorina Zardo_, who worshipped him from afar. _Persis_ met _Ludwig_,
was interested, impressed and even willing to admire. There were two
other men also, attendant upon the great one: _Conrad Sachs_, who was
gentle and deformed, and _Graf von Ludenstein_, who represented another
type of German manhood. He represented it so well, indeed, that, when
_Mrs. Fennamy_ discovered that he had taken _Persis_ off for an intimate
conversation in a wood, even her tolerant placidity was deranged. But it
was all right, and _Persis_ escapes heart-whole from the lot of them,
clay superman and all. She is to be congratulated. So is the author, for
her book is both apt to the moment and interesting in itself.

       * * *

There is, for all its gaiety, a certain external quality of pathos (now
that the German is to us so sinister a figure) in much of _The Pastor's
Wife_ (SMITH, ELDER) with its types of an East Prussian village drawn in
with those deft, half kindly, half malicious touches to which the
creatrix of _Elizabeth_ of the Garden has accustomed us. _Ingeborg_ is
the daughter of an English bishop--a bishop, by the way, so needlessly
odious that even those who would cheerfully believe the worst of the
order must protest against this hitting below the gaiters--and she meets
her pastor in a railway carriage on a cheap trip to Lucerne. This
so-utterly-by-the-pursuit-of-knowledge-dominated _Herr Dremmel_ (his
subject is scientific manure) has a lapse from the even paths of
research into the disturbing realms of love, and with an egotistic
single-mindedness which is beyond all praise overwhelms her into
marriage by the heroic process of ignoring all objections, refusals and
obstacles. And lo! in this manse of lonely Kökensee we have a problem!
_Elizabeth_, tongue in cheek, in the mask of IBSEN!... I couldn't get
myself to believe in the ineffable preoccupations of _Herr Dremmel_ that
made so desolate a pastor's wife; nor could I see the later enchanting
_Ingeborg_ in the little negligible mouse of the episcopal study (though
I liked them both); and, as I said, I entirely refused to accept the
bishop. But I heartily and thoroughly enjoyed the story, the happy
little strokes of humour and irony, the apt, pert thumbnail-sketches of
the subsidiary characters, the tender love of country things and moods;
and saw that I'd been an ass to take it all too seriously. It was
written to charm--and it's charming.

       * * *

Laughter in these dark days is so wholesome a corrective that we mustn't
be too exacting with Mr. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM, that fertile spinner of
yarns, when in _The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton_ (METHUEN) he
presents us with the diverting idea of a mean, little, loud, untruthful
auctioneer's clerk converted by the eating of a mysterious brown bean
into a paragon of candid truth, refined taste and romantic desire.
There's an amusing scene when _Burton's_ chief, a thoroughly resourceful
specimen of his tribe, cries down, under the same mysterious influence,
the pseudo-antiques he is selling, and so intrigues his old friends the
dealers that, with a curious _naïveté_, they make absurdly high bids in
the belief that the auctioneer is up to some profitable little game.
_Mr. Alfred Burton_ himself becomes at a stroke a famous author just by
merely writing what he sees and seeing true. (But wouldn't his readers
also need a nibble at the bean?) Finally falling from grace as the
effect of this food of the gods wears off, he accepts a directorship of
the new mind-food company, "Menatogen," which brings him untold wealth.
Quite innocent fooling which yet leaves one with the impression that our
popular authors let themselves off rather lightly from the labour of
working out their themes.

       *       *       *       *       *

Illustration: A GARGOYLE OF NÔTRE DAME DE PARIS.

(_With acknowledgments to the etching by M. Méryon._)

SPIRITS OF EVIL, WHEN THEY'RE THROWN
OUT OF A CHURCH, ARE TURNED TO STONE;

BUT THE ABOVE WAS PETRIFIED
EVEN BEFORE HE GOT INSIDE.

       *       *       *       *       *





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