Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 02:15:53 EST


Subject: Canuck (part three)

While in Toronto, I finally got to look at the publication PUNCH IN

CANADA, a high-quality humor magazine that unfortunately ran briefly--from

1849-1850. I found many wonderful items (a bearded Uncle Sam in 1849, years

before Nast's Lincoln-inspired Uncle Sam!!), but will present only the

"Canucks" here.

17 February 1849, PUNCH IN CANADA, pg. 20, col. 2.

Old England, return to your blundering old Stage Coaches; the Canucks

have put your pipes--(steam)--out.

17 February 1849, PUNCH IN CANADA, pg. 21.

(In the full page cartoon, one character says the word "Kenada"--an

important spelling because "Canuck" would often be "Kanuck" or even


3 March 1849, PUNCH IN CANADA, pg. 32, col. 2.

The first volume now ready will contain the speeches of the Hon. members

for Kamouraska aud L'Islet, Messrs. Charles Fournier and Pierre Canuck dit

Marquise, they have been carefully translated into French Canadian English, by

the Hon. Augustus N. Morin, who will receive "ord-hairs" for the work.

31 March 1849, PUNCH IN CANADA, pg. 48, col. 1.


Let each Canuck his weapon wield

Howling as he takes the field.


Affecting, almost to tears, is the fond familiarity of the playful

epithet "Canuck." Mark how the soul of the poet rises with the occasion too;

"disposing" of the Scot is no longer the indefinite operation recommended;

"skiver" is now the word--a term equally applicable to the administration of a

pitchfork and the introduction of a bayonet.

19 May 1849, PUNCH IN CANADA, pg. 75, col. 2.


Another negative has been added to the cry of the Canuckian Cuckoos! it

is now, "No lois; no institutions; no langue, et no Soldats."

There are now 13 known "Canuck" citations before 1850. I've found nine

of them.