Threepenny Novel

Threepenny Novel

Threepenny Novel

Threepenny Novel

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And now they're off to the war
And they all need cartridges badly
And of course there are plenty of nice kind people
Who'll find them the cartridges gladly
"No ammunition, no war!
Leave that to us, my sons!
You go to the front and fight,
We'll make you munitions and guns."

And they made munitions in piles
And there wasn't a war to be found
And of course there were plenty of nice kind people
Who conjured one out of the ground.
"Off you go, dear boy, to the front!
For they threaten your native sod
March, for your mothers and sisters,
For your King and for your God!"

(War-Song.)

The Need of Her Majesty's Government

WILLIAM COAX WAS A BROKER by profession. According to his visiting-card he had an office somewhere in the City; but scarcely anyone went there, and he himself very seldom used it. He had really no reason to, for only a pale, ineffectual girl sat there with an old typewriter with battered keys, and she did nothing because there was never anything to type. The girl only sat there to wait for the post, and that was delivered to the office so that Mr Coax never need tell anyone his homeaddress. He never received anyone at home and conducted all his business in a restaurant.

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