And so the war between the French and the Germans rages, Ladies & Gents, and so your Sloper becomes further embroiled within it. Here we are at The Siege of Metz, a terrible battle whereupon thousands of people died terrible deaths. And, as we shall see in the pictorial reference which follows, not least amongst those casualties was those tools of my trade, those two symbols which maketh the Sloper… no, not my dashing good looks and my ready wit, I refer of course to my Titfer and my Gamp (my hat and my umbrella, to the uninitiated).

An outrage!!

24 august 1870 - ally sloper's retreat - judy or the london serio comic journal