He regrets the departure of the British Fleet, because he thinks he might have been able to raise a real English shilling aboard.
"A Rock in the Baltic" by Robert Barr
The British allowance is much higher, the wife getting twelve shillings and sixpence a week.
"Mobilizing Woman-Power" by Harriot Stanton Blatch
We shall be swept off the face of the earth, and if I could buy the British Empire to-day for five shillings I wouldn't pay it.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson