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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, July 9, 1892

There were loud cries for TOBY


The

Sheriff inquired if it were desired to nominate any other Gentleman. (_A Voice_--"_I should think not!_") There being no other response, the Sheriff declared the Hon. Gentleman duly elected, and said he would like to be permitted to forego his fees, if indeed any were due.

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In response to loud calls from the assembled crowd, _Mr. Punch_ said he had great pleasure in recommending his young friend to the suffrages of this important constituency. (_Cheers._) He called him young, for though he had been on his (_Mr. Punch's_) establishment for over fifty years, he was very little altered. There were some people who never grew old (_A Voice_--"_Bully for you, Mr. Punch!_") and amongst them he might include his faithful follower, whom they had just unanimously re-elected Member for Barks. He trusted that in the future, his young friend would pursue the course honourably followed by him in the past. ("_Hear! Hear!_") This was the fourth Parliament to which he had been elected, and he trusted it would not be the last. (_Cheers._) He might perhaps allude to a rumour current in the ordinary channels of information, which seemed to point to their friend's transference to another place. He had the authority of TOBY, M.P., to say that, as far as his freedom of action is concerned--and _Mr. Punch_ thanked Heaven this is still free England--(_loud cheers_)--that prognostication would never be realised. The highest

honour ever done to his friend, was the selection of him by the men of Barks to represent them in the Commons House of Parliament. (_Renewed cheering._) His fullest pleasure was to retain their confidence and to serve them and posterity to the utmost extent of his power and opportunity. (_Disturbance at the rear of the hall; cries of "Put him out!" "Sit on 'is 'ead!"_) _Mr. Punch_ begged they would do no such thing. It would be sure to give way under pressure. (_Laughter._) In conclusion, he begged to thank them for the honour they had done his friend, and he might add, themselves.

There were loud cries for TOBY, M.P., but the Hon. Member begged to be excused from making a speech on this occasion. For one reason he shrank from coming into competition in the lists of platform-speaking with his revered friend and Leader. Another thing was, he was really so overcome by the honour just done him, that he could not trust himself to speak. He would write--as soon as the new Parliament met.

After the customary votes of thanks had been carried by acclamation, the new Member was hoisted shoulder-high by the enthusiastic mob, and carried off to his country residence, The Kennel, Barks, where he will remain during the Recess.

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[Illustration: THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERNALS.

"BUT WHY DON'T YOU SEND FOR DR. MASHER, AUNT JANE? HE'S THE CLEVEREST DOCTOR IN THE WHOLE COUNTY!"

"OH, MY DEAR, I COULDN'T! HE _DRESSES_ SO IRRELIGIOUSLY!"]

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