Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An early critic of NORAID

Here's another gem from Puck Magazine, again from 1881 and, as in the previous post, illustrated by Frederick Burr Opper. It shows another simian Irishman floating across the sea in a hat with a pipe for a mast. The sail says "Money wanted fur to free the ould country!" The poor mariner, whose coat tails say "Land League" and "Free Ireland" is proclaiming "Wonst more, me byes, for Ould Oireland - the land of divilment and distriss." So nothing much has changed in the intervening 132 years. He's sailing towards Michigan and its "American Greenback Crop". Again, plus ça change.

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