The Books of To-day and the Books of To-morrow, February 1904



THE Russian votes the thing a bore:
He doesn’t want to go to war.

2. I fail to see the pleasure
Of spending hard-earned leisure
In daily jaunts
To slummy haunts
In search of buried treasure.

3. A wholly unprincipled pirate
Sold a book to whoe’er might desire it
At a ludicrous price.
If he tries the game twice,
On the treadmill he’s likely to gyrate.

4. Upon the fiscal question I
Hold no decided views.
I sometimes read the Daily Mail,
Sometimes the Daily News,
And thoroughly agree with each
That nought is true but what they teach.

5. In speaking of our cricketers,
This maxim guideth me,
If they win a match they’re ‘England,’
If they lose they’re ‘M.C.C.’



Printed unsigned; entered by Wodehouse in Money Received for Literary Work.