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PROPOSITION—Can you decipher the illustrated charade?

HERE IS A LITTLE Indian meal for our puzzlists suggested by certain interesting facts pertaining to the census report of Uncle Sam’s aborigines possessions. In view of the intimation that poor Lo pertains to a past generation, as the Indians are now on the high road to wealth, and the “untutored minds” have submitted to enforced education, we will take a look at a Winnipeg chief, whose head, like the head of Winnipeg Lake, is full of craft, and ask the simple conundrum: Why is this noble savage a person of education?

Incidentally, to illustrate the advanced course of study introduced by the Indian Commissioner, our puzzlists are asked to decipher the hieroglyphical puzzle which is printed upon the sign board.

That Indian is “a well read man” and the inscription tells you to “th in k twice before u s peak.”


Where was Adam going when he was in his thirty-ninth year? Into his fortieth.

When is a disengaged cab like a Yankee witness? When it is on the stand.

3. The Reason Why

It is reported that during a recent conversation between the Duke of Cornwall and York, surprise was expressed at the popularity of tobogganing. When we remember, however, that it was a summery view of a winter sport, drawn entirely from imagination, without a realistic view of the pretty girl who shares the danger, his prospective Royal Highness may be pardoned for preferring to shoot the chutes or loop the loop in a quiet way after the American fashion.

The puzzling feature of the incident, to which the attention of our young folks is directed is to see if they can discover the locality hidden in the description of the picture which is supposed to be a part of the conversation between the Duke of Cornwall and York.

As showing how our English cousins fail to appreciate our Yankee humor when we attempt to precipitate an American bull, it is worth mentioning that I have received scores of letters telling me that the Duke of Cornwall and York are one and the same person!


The toboggan puzzle conceals the name Canada.


Why is a hive like a spectator at a show? Because it is a be-holder.

In what does a lawyer resemble a woodcock? In the length of his bill.


My first's a dirty little brute,

     My second's at the end on't;

My third, like many an honest man,

     Is on a fool dependent.



Water soft is my first, water hard

     is my second,

Sticks made of my whole are by

     many sweet reckon’d.


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