“The Child in the Budget”
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.26(340))
Found in: Ireland
Tinkers, out drinking, exhaust their funds. One puts his baby in his tool bag and pawns the bag. When the baby cries the pawnbroker laughs at being outwitted, finds the tinker, and gives him a pound to take back the toolbag and contents.
Notes to IRClare01: "A budget is a bag or knapsack used for carrying tools." - BS
- Bodleian, Firth b.26(340), "The Tinker and His Budget ("Come all you good people attend for awhile"), H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Firth b.27(85), "The Tinkers Budget" or "Pawnbroker Outwitted"
- Martin Long, "The Child in the Budget" (on IRClare01)
- Roud #2993
- BI, RcTCitB