You can now read the latest
issue of London's "Punch" magazine, that has just been printed up, a hundred years ago, today.http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22672/22672-h/22672-h.htm
Here are a some items of interest from it:
An American barque with a cargo of beans for Germany has been seized and unloaded by the Swedish authorities. A cruel fate seems to overtake every effort of the United States to give Germany these necessary commodities.
Several inmates of the Swansea workhouse, having been told that margarine was to be served out instead of butter, returned their portions, only to discover that it was butter after all. As similar incidents have occurred in many other establishments it is suggested that margarine should in future be dyed scarlet or blue in order to prevent a repetition of these embarrassing contretemps.
Extract from a letter written to a loved one from the Front:—
"I received your dear little note in a sandbag. You say that you hope the sandbag stops a bullet. Well, to tell the truth, I hope it don't, as I have been patching my trousers with it."
From a chemist's reminiscences:—
"In the early part of the last century the sale of leeches was one of the most important. Doctors bled their patients for every imaginable ailment. To-day all that we can say of leeches is that we just keep them."—Observer.
As pets, we suppose.
Also, a number of nicely drawn cartoons, some of which are actually funny.