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Long-distance Omnibuses

published, in 1865, a satire on life seen from an

Richmond Conveyance Company omnibus, end view.

omnibus roof. It was entitled "The Omnibus." Here are a few lines from it—

          "August four-wheeler! Rolling Paradise!
           Thou Juggernaut to dawdling men and mice!
           Thou blissful refuge to the footsore cit!
           Thou boast of science and inventive wit!
           To thee, in pride careering o'er the stones,
           The homeward labourer drags his weary bones.
           The burdened porter, staggering on the road,
           Climbs up thy hulk and there forgets his load.