Charming pen and ink sketch of Jock Mills, Jock Mills (real name John Mullen) was a popular Scottish music hall comedian whose recorded output spanned the years 1906 to 1916. One of his most famous songs was "The Suffragee" which was his riposte to the Suffragette movement of the time, lyrics below After retiring from the stage he open a Glasgow public house.
Picture 23.5 x 18 cm
I'm a downtrodden man as you'll easily see The wife's been and gone and done this on me She's joined what is known as the Down With Men club And like poor Simple Simon I wash and I scrub We used to be happy when first we were wed She trusted me then and she called me dear Ned But now I'm a monster and just a mere man And to end my existence she's done all she can.
Chorus: I'm suffering from a suff-e-ragette Suffering sore you can see Since my wife's joined the suffragists I've been a suffragee I've suffered it long and I've suffered it strong How long will the suffering last I'm sighing sure for the Golden Shore When the sufferings will all be past.
Along with some others as dotty as herself They're mostly old maids who're laid on the shelf A week-end excursion to London they went To interview Bannerman was their intent He gave them advice, most kindly and true And promised them votes in two thousand and two The wife lost her temper, outside she'd a fight Was rushed into jail, what a beautiful sight.