The Hunting Of The Snark

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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10                         THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.
"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines ?" So the Bellman would cry : and the crew would reply " They tire merely conventional signs!
" Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes! But we've got our brave Captain to thank " (So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us
the best----------
A perfect and absolute blank!"
This was charming, no doubt: but they shortly found out That the Captain they trusted so well