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Punch, or the London Charivari

Vol. 158, April 14, 1920

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,721 / 46 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 423
Added to site: 2007.10.12
mnybks.net#: 18490
Genre: Humor
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escribed them. It is divided into two by a swing-door. One part is the female Private Secretary part, the other is the male Private Secretary part, and it is lamentable to record that no romance has ever occurred between a male Private Secretary and a female one.

The room is plentifully supplied with House of Commons' stationery, which disappears at an astonishing rate. This is because the Members come in and remove it by the gross, knowing full well that the SERJEANT-AT-ARMS will suspect the Private Secretaries. It is a hard world.

However, this is where the Members come to their Private Secretaries for instructions. They come there nominally to dictate letters to their constituents, but really they come to be told what amendments to move and what questions to ask and what the Drainage Bill is about, and whether they ought to support the Dentist Qualification (Ireland) (No. 2) Bill, or not. It is awful to think that if the Private Secretaries downed tools the whole machinery of Parliament would

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