Southern Punch
March 26, 1864
Mr. President, I present to your favorable consideration my African brother. He is an applicant for the position of Minister [text is unclear] and Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Hayti.
Intelligent Contraband.
Yes, massa, I'se jest run away from ole Virginny and wants to go whar de rebels can't cotch me. If dey do, dis dar- key goes up [text is unclear] spout, sure.
King Abraham.
My friend, really I cannot accommodate you just now. I remember a joke—
Great King! this is a better joke than you can tell. The joke is contraband!


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