All That Confounded Climate!
Fun 28 (23 October 1878): 168
Source: Hathi Digital Library Trust web version of a copy in the Princeton University library.
From left to right in the top line the captions read as follows: “We cannot preserve a statue in our climate! Only a year ago we put up a beautiful statue; and we stationed two policemen to keep off boys; And we hired a man to scrape it hard every week with chisels; [second line] And yet that statue’s surface seemed to gradually wear away! Oh, that climate! [third line] So we hired a stronger man to scrape the statue every day, with bigger chisels; But, would you believe it, the surface seemed to actually wear away faster than ever! All that climate! We’ve ordered a patent steam scraper, warranted to scrape away a ton an hour — and if that won’t preserve the statue — well —!”
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