The Sound But Not the Sense

The Sound But Not the Sense. Signed with monogram lower right. Source: Fun. (1 January 1876): 14. Click on image to enlarge it.

Bus Conductor (to Purblind’s intense disgust): — “Near sight up, Bill!”

Here’s one I do not understand. The word purblind, apparently the name of the passenger, can mean near-sighted or dim witted, so is the conductor telling the driver that someone with poor sight is climbing on board? Note the advertisements on the Bus.

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Last modified 29 February 2016