Punch,  63 (1872), 160.

A Railway Company's Question (Chairman Sings.)



Song, Drollery


Railways, Accidents, Commerce, Skill

    Addressing company directors, the singer begins by noting 'Lots killed and maimed' in another collision; thus, 'There will be much to pay' in 'damages' which will 'Reduce our dividends'. Suggests that an actuary should compute how much money the company looses from accidents and asks whether it would be more cost-effective to spend more money on wages 'To make collisions rare'. Concludes by affirming that the company needs 'more skilled hands', so that 'each pointman' is 'no mere clown'.

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