Fun (15 October 1864): 50. Source: Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it. Signed with monogram at lower left. Source:
Conscientious Curate: — “Go to the Ant, thou sluggard!”
Cadger: — “Uncles is EASIEST to find among most o’ us, Guv’nor.”
The begging navvy sits next to his shovel, which announces “I are starving,” so the young minister instructs him to act like the ant in Aesop’s Fables and work. The Cadger (i.e, beggar) brushes him off with a pun, responding that most construction workers are uncles or men. Given Fun’s poems and cartoons about extreme poverty and starvation, I'm not sure exactly how to take this cartoon. Is it rebuking lazy members of the working class, or is it rebuking an insensitive cleric who tells the man to work when none is to be found? — George P. Landow
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