An Old, Old Snow Joke

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Incompetence on the Roof

A snowman wearing a rather fetching hat
"The snow is deep," the Justice said;
"There's mighty mischief overhead."
"High talk, indeed!" his wife exclaimed;
"What, sir! shall Providence be blamed?"
The Justice, laughing, said, "Oh no!
I only meant the loads of snow
Upon the roofs. The barn is weak;
I greatly fear the roof will break.
So hand me up the spade, my dear,
I'll mount the barn, the roof to clear."
"No!" said the wife; "the barn is high,
And if you slip, and fall, and die,
How will my living be secured? –
Stephen, your life is not insured.

From 'The Green Mountain Justice' by Reverend Henry Reeves. Dunno when he wrote this, but it was printed in an anthology about 1890.

So yes, people worried about insurance and roofs back then. And, yes, of course both those people end up on the roof and in snowbanks. You don't think that joke is new, do you?

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