“His New Wife Is Too Quick For Him”

I found this hilarious illustration in Fern Riddell’s A Victorian Guide to Sex. This illustration first appeared in the Illustrated Police News, 18 September, 1897.

bridegroom wanted drink ipn 9 18 1897

I cannot.

Stop.

Laughing.

The worst part, though, is that I’ve read the whole digitized issue of the Illustrated Police News and they give absolutely NO CONTEXT for this picture. I was really hoping there would be an article in there explaining what was going on and precisely why this was newsworthy. The digitized version of this picture claims that there is an article of 75 words attached, but I’ll be damned if I can find it.

Can anyone provide me with the article, assuming that it exists in the first place?

 

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