Punch,  48 (1865), 118.

The Telegraphic Clerks. A Masque, Dedicated to Sir C. Wood



Drama, Drollery


Telegraphy, Technology, Government

    Similar to PU1/48/10/10, this pokes fun at Charles Wood's irritation at the number of telegrams he receives via the newly completed Karachi-London telegraph. It begins with a song, sung by the 'HEAD CLERK' to the tune of 'In my Cottage', which describes the incessant flow of telegrams 'both bad and good' that he will send to Wood, each of which has taken 'eight hours' and 'five pounds ten' to send. The 'Chorus of Telegraph Clerks' chants out 'Needles and pins! Needles and pins! / When a man telegraphs, trouble begins'.

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