. . . But their heavy weights upon the ice, it grieves me to relate,
Were more than it could bear, and so they tumbled in like this!
By Louis Wain
Illustration by Matthews.
S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.
“A STRANGE MONKEY.”
What have we here?
How very queer!
A monkey can it be?
But such a monkey in my life
I ne’er before did see.
Oh, dear, dear, dear,
I sadly fear
That something has gone wrong;
‘Tis Charlie fastened to a chain
That’s stout, and strong, and long.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
And Other Good Stories
Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.
When Jacko the monkey escaped from his show, the geese at the farm hissed loudly, “Now go away, Sir, at once!” Are you blind? Can’t you see that notice which says that ‘Trespassers will be Prosecuted?’ Well, then, YOU are trespassing here, and we’ll peck at your heels if your course you don’t steer for some other port, without further delay. Go away! We repeat – go away!! Go away” !!!!
“Consequently in a jiffy they had Billy dressed in black trousers and red jacket, with a big, black helmet on is head. Then he was told to jump on the front seat of the beautiful little brand new fire engine that was shining like gold. He was told to sit down and let his fore legs stick out like arms, and to them fastened the reins. It looked as if Billy was guiding the ponies, but in reality he was only holding the reins, for the ponies had been taught just what to do and where to go.”