Punch,  29 (1855), 53.

By the Margins of Thames' Dirty Waters



Song, Drollery


Pollution, Public Health, Disease, Sanitation

    Describes 'a youth who was sick night and day' owing to his 'pestilent quarters' on the riverside. On asking for the 'vile river' to be cleansed, the authorities could only answer 'Ur-ah-oh-ugh!'. The youth later complains of his illness and, preferring to drown than die of typhus, contemplates throwing himself in the river. However, he chooses to move 'apartments instead'.

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