Punch,  35 (1858), 47.

How Father Thames Appeared to the Cabinet, On the Road to the Whitebait Dinner, and What he Said to Them



Poetry, Drollery


Disease, Pollution, Manufactories, Government, Politics

    On their journey to their 'annual white-bait lark', the cabinet meet the 'grisly form' of Father Thames who is covered with slime and whose mouth pours 'fetid stench and sulphurous flames'. He points out that Father Thames has accelerated other parliamentary legislation but complains that statesmen have given him up, thus forcing the poison from the Metropolitan Board of Works to flow in his veins.

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