Spotted while researching The Vagabond was this regular feature of the Windsor and Richmond Gazette. After searching the heading “Scissors and Paste” at Trove, most came from that paper.
The articles were snippets of larger stories, supposedly cut and pasted by the “Colonel”, who ever the “Colonel” was. They are similar in tone to the “They Say” articles featured recently on Trove Tuesday, with a mix of serious and amusing snippets.
This offering from September 12, 1896, includes ostriches and Chow dogs, Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens Jnr. Public officials were put to task, such as Judge Windeyer and his questionable penison and the Dandenong Shire Councillors, believed to have consumed one hundred rate-payer funded bottles of whiskey over the course of the year. There are statistics aplenty and court news.
This snippet was from February 4, 1899 and I think you will appreciate it…
You can count on Trove to find an image. With just a little searching, I was able to come up with this postcard held at the State Library of Victoria to compliment “Scissors and Paste”.