Punch, 35 (1858), 23.
The Enemy of the Atlantic Telegraph
Telegraphy, Technology, Accidents, Scientific Practitioners, Expertise, Monstrosities
Atlantic Telegraph Company
Opens by describing the motionless state of the Atlantic telegraph cables on the ocean bed, but then observes that the cable 'Has a second time failed [...] And why, the sages are wholly unable [...] to explain'. Notes that this is to be expected of sages 'Being out of their depth when they get where [the cable] lies'. Concludes by arguing that the failure of the cable is plain 'to the simple'—it is due to 'The [Sea] Serpent enormous' who 'Cuts the Cable right through with teeth sharp as a knife'.
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