Punch,  55 (1868), 236–37.

The Old Tory's Young Days (Occasional Song at an Election Dinner)



Song, Drollery


Time, Progress, Transport, Railways, Accidents, Medical Practitioners, Telegraphy, Political Economy

    Compares the 'old days' of England to the present, noting that ''Tis true no railways then we had', it was a time when people travelled by coach or on horseback and when 'surgeons had some work to do / On them that were upset, or flung [from horses and carriages]', but that 'monster accidents we knew / Not'. Adds that in his youth there were no telegrams or India-rubber, which he regards as the 'chief good Free Trade has done'. (236)

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