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Punch, Or the London Charivari [1st]  Introduction
Volume 54  (January to June 1868)

Punch,  54 (1868), [v]–[viii].

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Introduction

Anon

Genre:

Notes

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Disease, Public Health, Education, Nutrition, Zoology, Political Economy, Universities, Exploration, Spiritualism, Crime


    Under 'Notes' summarises the subjects of forthcoming articles, including an inquiry into conditions at Farnham Poor Law Union Workhouse Farnham Poor Law Union—Workhouse
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(Anon, 'Dense Darkness at Farnham', Punch, 54 (1868), 15), the attempt to introduce horse-flesh into English cuisine (, Anon, 'Suggestions for Hippophagists', Punch, 54 (1868), 67), the appointment of Bonamy Price Price, Bonamy (1807–88) ODNB
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as Professor of Political Economy at the University of Oxford University of Oxford
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(, Anon, 'Oxford Political Economy', Punch, 54 (1868), 80), false reports of David Livingstone's Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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death (, Anon, 'Academy Catalogue. 1867. NO. 1106', Punch, 54 (1868), 175, , Anon, 'To the Roderick that's Nae Doo', Punch, 54 (1868), 176, , Anon, 'Roderick Vich Murchison!', Punch, 54 (1868), 199), the trial of Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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(, Anon, 'Home, Sweet Home! (A Song of the Day)', Punch, 54 (1868), 205, , Anon, 'Turning a Type Inside Out', Punch, 54 (1868), 207), and spiritualistic séances held by William H H Davenport Davenport, William Henry Harrison (1841–77) WBI
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and Ira E Davenport Davenport, Ira Erastus (1839–1911) WBI
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(, Anon, 'The Political and the Davenport Brothers', Punch, 54 (1868), 222).



Issue 1381* (17 December 1867) 'Punch's Almanack for 1868'Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), [i].

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Calendar for the Year

Anon

Genre:

Notes

Subjects:

Scientific Practitioners, Natural History, Botany, Electricity, Astronomy, Philosophy, Architecture, Mathematics, Chemistry, Religion, Statistics, Zoology, Physiology, Medical Practitioners, Light, Engineering, Invention, Manufactories, Steam-power

People mentioned:

Carl Linnaeus, Linnaeus (or von Linné), Carl (1707–78) DSB
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Benjamin Franklin, Franklin, Benjamin (1706–90) DSB
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Luigi Galvani, Galvani, Luigi (1737–98) DSB
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Nicholas Copernicus, Copernicus, Nicholas (1473–1543) DSB
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David Hume, Hume, David (1711–76) DSB
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Christopher Wren, Wren, Sir Christopher (1632–1723) DSB
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Joseph Priestley, Priestley, Joseph (1733–1804) DSB
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Georges L Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de (1707–88) DSB
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John Graunt, Graunt, John (1620–74) DSB
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Georges Cuvier, Cuvier, Georges (1769–1832) DSB
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Roger Bacon, Bacon, Roger (c. 1219–c. 1292) DSB
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Matthew Boulton, Boulton, Matthew (1728–1809) ODNB
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James Watt, Watt, James (1736–1819) DSB
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Auguste Comte, Comte, Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier (Auguste) (1798–1857) DSB
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Dominique F J Arago, Arago, Dominique François Jean (1786–1853) DSB
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James Cook, Cook, James (1728–79) DSB
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Gottfried W Leibniz, Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm (1646–1716) DSB
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Tycho Brahe Brahe, Tycho (1546–1601) DSB
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Punch,  54 (1868), [ii].

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Agricultural Growls

Anon

Genre:

Diary, Spoof

Subjects:

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry


Punch,  54 (1868), [ii].

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Mental Exercise for Idiots

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Zoological Gardens, Zoology

Institutions mentioned:

Zoological Society—Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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Punch,  54 (1868), [iii].

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A Few Educational Definitions

Anon

Genre:

Catechism, Spoof

Subjects:

Education, Mathematics, Physical Geography, Political Economy


Punch,  54 (1868), [iii].

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"Men who have Risen"

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Aeronautics


    'Aëronauts'.



Punch,  54 (1868), [iv].

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Flirts in Hades

Anon

Genre:

Illustration, Drollery; Poetry, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

D M Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Human Development, Animal Development, Zoology


    The illustration represents the scene depicted in the poem. It shows a brook in a wooded area through which fly the heads of young men and women, powered by butterfly wings attached to the sides of the heads.



Punch,  54 (1868), [v].

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New Ologies

Anon

Genre:

Reportage, Spoof

Subjects:

Biology, Animal Magnetism, Electricity, Physiology, Comparative Philology, Narcotics, Pathology, Psychology, Disciplinarity, Language


    Comprises a list of parodies on scientific and medical disciplines. For example, defines 'Buyology' as 'How to get great bargins at sales', and 'Pathology' as 'How to find your way where the roads meet'.



Punch,  54 (1868), [v].

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Remarkable Days

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Biology, Physical Geography, Discovery, Commerce, Vaccination

People mentioned:

Isaac Newton Newton, Sir Isaac (1642–1727) DSB
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Punch,  54 (1868), [vi]–[vii].

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This Genealogical Picture of Mr. Punch's Forefathers (and Fore-Mothers), in Direct Line from 1066 to 1868, Illustrating the Gradual Triumph of Mind over Matter through Natural Selection, &c., &c., is Respectfully Dedicated to Mr. Darwin Darwin, Charles Robert (1809–82) DSB
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D M Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

D M Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Evolution, Human Development, Darwinism, Gender


    Shows a long procession of male and female ancestors of Mr Punch. The figures are dressed in the costumes of their period, from 1066 to 1868. All the male ancestors are drawn with hooked noses to indicate the long ancestry of this prominent feature on Mr Punch's face.



Punch,  54 (1868), [vi].

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Science

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Astronomy, Instruments, Observation, Scientific Practitioners, Gender


    Shows a frosty night scene at the back of a house. In the middle of a snow-covered lawn, the bald-headed Professor Parallax kneels on the grass to look through his telescope at the star Capella, which is high in the night sky. The Professor urges the corpulent Mrs Spudgrove to stoop down and observe the star, but as the caption explains, she has already seen several other heavenly objects and has 'almost had enough of it'.



Punch,  54 (1868), [vi]–[vii].

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Apothecaries' Toast and Sentiment

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Treatment


Punch,  54 (1868), [viii].

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Weather Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Meteorology, Comparative Philology, Superstition


Punch,  54 (1868), [ix].

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How Captain Bettington Binks "Won His Wajah, by Jove" at the Zoological Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoological Gardens, Amusement


    Shows Captain Bettington Binks riding a young elephant past a crowd of onlookers at the Zoological Society Gardens.



Punch,  54 (1868), [x].

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A Fogy on the Freezing Point

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Heat, Instruments


Punch,  54 (1868), [x].

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Farm Notes

Anon

Genre:

Instructions, Spoof

Subjects:

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry


Punch,  54 (1868), [xii].

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Question

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Zoological Gardens

Institutions mentioned:

Zoological Society—Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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Issue 1382 (4 January 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 1.

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Mr. Punch's Allocution to Mankind

Anon

Genre:

Address, Spoof

Subjects:

Zoology, Comparative Anatomy


    Lists various 'griefs' of the day including the death of the walrus (at the Zoological Society Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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) and 'the dear little Hippocampi, that were like the Knights of Chess'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 2.

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Workhouse Curiosities

Anon

Genre:

Reportage, Spoof

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Class, Human Development, Health, Disease, Pollution, Crime, Periodicals


    Lists various 'curiosities' shown at a recent 'Conversazione of the Poor Law Commissioners'. These ridicule poor law guardians, particularly those responsible for the notorious Farnham Poor Law Union Workhouse Farnham Poor Law Union—Workhouse
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, for creating such woefully poor conditions in workhouses and workhouse infirmaries. For example, the exhibits include a 'Specimen of an infirmary blanket, warranted not to keep the cold out', 'A bottle of air taken from a workhouse bedroom. In proof of its impurity, a light being placed in it immediately goes out', and 'A few stalactites found in the "Stalactite cave of filth" referred to in the Lancet Lancet (1823–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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Commissioners' Report' (a reference to the Lancet's investigation of the Farnham workhouse).



Punch,  54 (1868), 2.

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Evenings from Home

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Poetry

Subjects:

Lecturing, Amusement

People mentioned:

John H Pepper Pepper, John Henry (1821–1900) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 2.

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Saturn Finds some Mischief Still

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Astronomy, Religious Authority, Religion, Astrology


    Corrects a claim made by Pope Pius IX Pius IX, Pope (1792–1878) CBD
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regarding the satellites of Saturn. Mystified by the Pope's further claim that the planet and its satellites 'unchain their fury in the most horrible manner against our religion', noting Thomas Moore's Moore, Thomas (1779–1852) ODNB
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poetic description of Saturn's gaiety.



Punch,  54 (1868), 3.

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Great Days and Events

Anon

Genre:

Reminiscences, Drollery

Subjects:

Psychology, Education, Astronomy, Observation, Exploration, Instruments

People mentioned:

Dugald Stewart, Stewart, Dugald (1753–1828) ODNB
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William Paley Paley, William (1743–1805) DSB
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    Anticipates the events of 1868. The author regrets that the next solar eclipse will not be visible from Britain, noting that 'If the assiduous watchmen on the hill at Greenwich [the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Royal Observatory, Greenwich
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] [...] wish to see the total Eclipse of the Sun on August 18th, they must take their smoked glass to the Cape of Good Hope or Mauritius'. The forthcoming eclipse is therefore 'grudged to a country which has produced a DOLLOND Dollond, John (1706–61) DSB
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and a FLAMSTEED Flamsteed, John (1646–1719) DSB
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'. He also notes that the next transit of Mercury across the sun's disk will occur in November 'after the Whitebait Season is over, or the Astronomer Royal would have been happy to see all the London stars [...] to dinner at the Observatory'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 4.

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Hair-Brushing by Machinery

Anon

Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct. [3]

Subjects:

Invention, Machinery


    The first illustration shows a man having his hair brushed by a large brush rotated by a machine above the barber's shop. The other illustrations show the barber, believing that his machine requires oiling, finally discovering that its poor performance is due to the fact that the boy who turns the belt of the machine has fallen asleep.



Punch,  54 (1868), 8–9.

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"Beggars of Bethnal Green"

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Class, Education, Museums, Human Development, Nationalism, Cultural Geography, Government, Patronage, Amusement, Narcotics


    Begins by announcing that 'It is not all dark in East London' and proceeds to describe the attempt by Septimus C H Hansard Hansard, Septimus Cox Holmes (1823–95) WBI
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and three other individuals to establish a 'Museum of Science and Art' in Bethnal Green (opened in 1872 as the Bethnal Green Branch of the South Kensington Museum South Kensington Museum—Bethnal Green Branch
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). Notes that the museum will 'be the means of enabling our workmen to compete on more equal terms than at present with the skilled workmen of foreign countries, especially in matters of taste', and describes the government's enthusiasm and progress towards building the museum. Points out that 'All that remains to be done [...] is to pay for the land' and invites readers to subscribe. (8) Explains that since the museum will have long opening hours it will be able 'to fight the gin-shop and the tap-room on fair terms' and anticipates that the flowers that will grow in the museum garden will be 'flowers of Hope', unlike those of 'sorrow and despair' which have usually graced Bethnal Green.



Punch,  54 (1868), 9.

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A Few Friends (From my Photographic Book). Tableau XI.—The Long-Engaged  [18/25]Anon, 'A Few Friends. (In Several Tableaux From My Photograph Book). Tableau I', Punch, 53 (1867), 84
Anon, 'A Few Words. (In Several Tableaux from My Photograph Book). Tableau II—My Gloomy Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 114–15
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III—A Relative—Necessary Preparations for Exhibiting Tableau of "My Funny Friend"', Punch, 53 (1867), 123–24
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III., My Aunt—Tableau IV., My Landlady—Tableau V., My Funny Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 133–34
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V—My Funny Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 156–57
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V.—My Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 173
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 22
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend (Continued)', Punch, 54 (1868), 30–31

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Anon

Genre:

Diary, Spoof, Serial

Subjects:

Pollution, Government, Mental Illness


Punch,  54 (1868), 9.

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Scientific Intelligence

Anon

Genre:

Announcement, Spoof

Subjects:

Societies, Lecturing, Geology


    Announces that the next Bakerian lecture at the Royal Society Royal Society of London
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will be on 'the Earth's Crust'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 9.

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A Tramsformation Scene

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Railways, Transport


    'Making a Railway'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 10.

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Art and Science in the Wilderness

E G Griset, Ernest Henry (1844–1907) WBI
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct. [4]

Illustrators:

E G Griset, Ernest Henry (1844–1907) WBI
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Photography, Astronomy, Animal Behaviour, Zoology


    Shows monkeys responding to the attempt by a man to paint, take photographs, play music, and look through a telescope in the wilderness. The illustrations headed 'Photography' and 'Astronomy' show monkeys clambering over the instruments and imitating the behaviour of the man.



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Issue 1383 (11 January 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 15.

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A Competitor for the Plate

An Ass Ass, An
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Nutrition, Animal Development, Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Spiritualism


    Written from the perspective of a donkey, the letter begins by noting that some people wonder where donkeys go when they die, and suggests that the ghosts of asses might be responsible for table-rapping. Argues that members of his species do not die but 'disappear' and asks that they be 'decently put out of sight'. Expresses a wish that donkeys should be disposed of in the same way as horses—by being 'stalled and fattened when past work', 'dispatched' by a butcher, and then eaten.



Punch,  54 (1868), 15.

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Dense Darkness at Farnham

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Health, Disease, Morality, Periodicals


    Responds to a testimonial supporting the guardians of the Farnham Poor Law Union Workhouse Farnham Poor Law Union—Workhouse
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signed by the Bishop of Winchester and ratepayers and residents in and around Farnham. Asks John Bright Bright, John (1811–89) ODNB
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to denounce signatories for their ignorance, and challenges the proposal of the guardians' supporters to raise a subscription for the chairman of the Farnham Poor Law Union board. Concludes by suggesting that the most suitable testimonial for this individual would be a copy of the New Testament (in order to raise his morality) and the Lancet's Lancet (1823–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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damning report of the workhouse.



Punch,  54 (1868), 15.

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A Deal in a Name

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Veterinary Science, Pharmaceuticals, Language, Medical Treatment


    Discusses a Pall Mall Gazette Pall Mall Gazette (1865–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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advertisement for a 'lotion for strains' called 'Neurasthenippouskelesterizo'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 16.

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Our Combustibles of Common Life

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Chemistry, Military Technology, Organic Chemistry, Politics


    Containing a description of modern explosives, this poem begins by noting how in the days 'Before Chemistry has started' there was no louder or more damaging explosive than gunpowder. Proceeds to 'Modern chemic science' and details the new explosives including 'the fulminates / Of mercury, and silver', the highly unstable 'chloride of ammonium, / To be named with small encomium', nitroglycerine and gun-cotton, 'all sorts of matches, / To be fired by rubs and scratches', and the volatile hydrocarbons that 'blow all to shatters'. Concludes by considering the consequences of the Romans and Athenians being armed with such weapons.



Punch,  54 (1868), 19.

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Truth in Black and White

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Industry, Manufactories, Human Development, Disease, Health, Race


Punch,  54 (1868), 20.

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Horrible Idea Suggested by the Twisted Chignon

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Gender, Zoology, Amusement


    Shows a woman with a snake coiled on the back of her head, the shape of the snake resembling the latest fashion in chignons.



Punch,  54 (1868), 20.

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A Most Unseasonable Idea

Anon

Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Exploration, Physical Geography, Heat,


    Discusses a letter in The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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from Sherard Osborn Osborn, Sherard (1822–75) ODNB
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who proposes to travel to the Arctic this winter. Observing the extreme coldness of the present season, the writer suggests that explorers would be better to travel to the interior of Africa than the North Pole, and that only a 'blazing hot' summer could explain 'a man's' wish 'to be afloat in the Polar Sea'. Concludes by suggesting that Osborn must have a very 'ardent temperament' and be motivated by 'mere geographical curiosity'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 21.

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A New Humane Society

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Morality, Nutrition, Health, Education, Class


    Begins by noting that with the passage of the Reform Bill, there have been calls for greater educational provisions for the poorer classes. Points out that the poor need to be fed before they can be educated and announces the formation of a new 'Humane Society' for 'providing weekly dinners for poor children', a society conducted by Anthony A Cooper (7th Earl of Shaftesbury) Cooper, Anthony Ashley, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (formerly styled 'Lord Ashley') (1801–85) ODNB
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which aims to improve the health and powers of children through provision of 'good solid dinners'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 22.

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A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend  [19/25]Anon, 'A Few Friends. (In Several Tableaux From My Photograph Book). Tableau I', Punch, 53 (1867), 84
Anon, 'A Few Words. (In Several Tableaux from My Photograph Book). Tableau II—My Gloomy Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 114–15
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III—A Relative—Necessary Preparations for Exhibiting Tableau of "My Funny Friend"', Punch, 53 (1867), 123–24
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III., My Aunt—Tableau IV., My Landlady—Tableau V., My Funny Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 133–34
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V—My Funny Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 156–57
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V.—My Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 173
Anon, 'A Few Friends (From my Photographic Book). Tableau XI.—The Long-Engaged', Punch, 54 (1868), 9
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend (Continued)', Punch, 54 (1868), 30–31

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Anon

Genre:

Diary, Spoof, Serial

Subjects:

Invention, Electricity, Music, Military Technology, Amusement


    Describes some of the inventions of his 'Portable Friend' including a camp stool whose legs contain revolvers and daggers, a galvanic attachment to a piano enabling the instrument to play tunes and light cigars and pipes during parties, and a 'galvanic portmanteau' which will 'mark the time, the distance, tell the day of the month, cook a dinner, be a bed carriage' and 'a boat'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 22.

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"Painless Dentistry"

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Treatment


    'Drawing the Stumps at "Lord's"'.



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Issue 1384 (18 January 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 25.

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The Effects of Eating Horse-Flesh for Supper

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Psychology


    'Night Mare'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 29.

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Twelfth Night Thoughts (Desultory)

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Politics, Medical Treatment, Homeopathy, Controversy

Institutions mentioned:

Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
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Punch,  54 (1868), 30–31.

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A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend (Continued)  [20/25]Anon, 'A Few Friends. (In Several Tableaux From My Photograph Book). Tableau I', Punch, 53 (1867), 84
Anon, 'A Few Words. (In Several Tableaux from My Photograph Book). Tableau II—My Gloomy Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 114–15
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III—A Relative—Necessary Preparations for Exhibiting Tableau of "My Funny Friend"', Punch, 53 (1867), 123–24
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau III., My Aunt—Tableau IV., My Landlady—Tableau V., My Funny Friend', Punch, 53 (1867), 133–34
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V—My Funny Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 156–57
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book). Tableau V.—My Friend—(Continued)', Punch, 53 (1867), 173
Anon, 'A Few Friends (From my Photographic Book). Tableau XI.—The Long-Engaged', Punch, 54 (1868), 9
Anon, 'A Few Friends. (From My Photograph Book) Tableau XII–My Portable Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 22

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Anon

Genre:

Diary, Spoof, Serial

Subjects:

Invention, Technology, Domestic Economy


    Describes more inventions of his 'Portable Friend' including a travelling-cap that can be turned into a portable bath, a waterproof coat, a boat, a hot-water bottle, and a sponge-bath. In a discussion, the narrator's friend works out how to turn his invention into a house on wheels.



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Science Gossip

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Natural History, Ornithology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 32.

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Short and Sweet

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Astronomy, Periodicals


    Defines 'Periodical Meteors' as 'Magazines that make a flash for a time or two, and then suddenly disappear'.



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Issue 1385 (25 January 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 33.

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Mending our Ways

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Engineering, Environmentalism, Cultural Geography


    Begins by comparing the smoothness of Parisian streets (accomplished with steam-rollers) to the roughness of England's thoroughfares, but relishes news that the City of London Commissioners of Sewers City of London Commissioners of Sewers
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have resolved to use asphalt instead of grouting to cement the granite pavements, a plan which will prevent mud from passing up from beneath the pavements.



Punch,  54 (1868), 33.

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An Old Revolver

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Astronomy, Geology


    'The Earth'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 42.

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Science Gossip

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Announcement, Spoof

Subjects:

Exploration, Zoology, Animal Behaviour


    Reports that travellers in America have recorded that, after watching the 'wonderful agility of the opossum in its native forests, they could but exclaim, in conscious inferiority—Non opossumus', a reference is to the Latin plea 'non possumus' (i.e. 'we cannot').



Punch,  54 (1868), 43.

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Problem for Mathematical Bobbies

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Mathematics, Politics


    'Find the centres of the Fenian Circles'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 44.

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Britannia to Australia

Anon

Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Exploration, Imperialism, Zoology, Zoological Gardens

People mentioned:

James Cook, Cook, James (1728–79) DSB
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Joseph Banks Banks, Sir Joseph (1743–1820) DSB ODNB
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Institutions mentioned:

Zoological Society—Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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Punch,  54 (1868), 44.

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Punch's Evidences

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Patronage, Heroism, Telegraphy, Invention


    Recalls the theological argument 'that the proof of the small value which Providence sets upon Wealth is shown by the sort of persons who get the most of it'. Supposes that 'the same rule applies to Honours', noting the number of unworthy peers, while Charles Wheatstone Wheatstone, Charles (1802–75) DSB
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, 'who invented the Electric Telegraph and the Stereoscope', is only to be knighted, and that 'after thirty years'.



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Issue 1386 (1 February 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 45.

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The Correct Thing in Luggage

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Astronomy, Travel


Punch,  54 (1868), 45.

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A Bob's-Worth of Education

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Education, Experiment, Mathematics


Punch,  54 (1868), 46.

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Curiosities of Natural History

F E Eltze, Fritz (fl. 1868) Spielmann 1895
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

F E Eltze, Fritz (fl. 1868) Spielmann 1895
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Natural History, Zoology, Disease, Human Development, Scientific Practitioners


    Shows a young girl standing before her father, a 'Naturalistic Papa', in his study. The girl tells her father that 'George' (presumably her brother) has caught a worm—a 'ring worm'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 47.

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The Aristocracy of To-morrow

Anon

Genre:

Introduction, Drollery; Reportage, Spoof

Subjects:

Class, Agriculture, Invention


Punch,  54 (1868), 54.

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Starvation in the Midst of Turtle

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Crime, Class, Health, Nutrition


    Discusses a report of the death of a pauper in Holloway Prison Holloway Prison
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, one of fifty-one paupers who have been imprisoned for begging. The alderman who sent them to prison subsequently treated his charges to hard labour and a diet of 'dry bread and gruel'. Presents an extract from the report which reveals that the prisoners were genuine beggars suffering from starvation and physical exhaustion. Notes that following the inquest into the death of one of the prisoners, the coroner's jury advised that the prisoners' diets should be changed. Concludes by bitterly condemning the alderman for his barbarous act.



Punch,  54 (1868), 55.

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Spiritualism and Stretching

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Periodicals, Controversy, Observation


    Responds to a Spiritual Magazine Spiritual Magazine (1860–77) Waterloo Directory
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attack on Punch's Punch (1841–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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apparent 'misrepresentation' of 'Spirit-Poetry' and contests a report in the spiritualist periodical on the veracity of Daniel D Home's Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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powers of self-elongation.



Punch,  54 (1868), 56.

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Mr. Lowe in "Tom and Jerry"

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Politics, Reasoning, Quackery, Medical Treatment

People mentioned:

James Morison, Morison, James (1770–1840) ODNB
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Thomas Holloway Holloway, Thomas (1800–83) ODNB
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Issue 1387 (8 February 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 59.

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Armadillo. A Song of Bloated Armaments

Anon

Genre:

Song, Drollery

Subjects:

Zoology, Zoological Gardens, Military Technology, War, Politics


    Describes the armadillo to be seen at the Zoological Society Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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. Draws attention to the strong coat of armour which covers the species and considers 'how well it would be, / Were all of our neighbours armed only like thee'. Describes the precarious political situation in Europe, wishing that its countries would 'leave one another alone', in which case they would not need as strong a 'safeguard' as the armadillo's. Notes that 'France will arm to the teeth, not with rivals to cope, / But to fight, if required, for the crown of the POPE Pius IX, Pope (1792–1878) CBD
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', but that if France were to disarm, its example would prompt other European countries to follow suit.



Punch,  54 (1868), 63.

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How to Check Poaching

Anon

Genre:

Essay

Subjects:

Hunting, Morality


Punch,  54 (1868), 63.

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Subterranean Spelling

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Language, Education


Punch,  54 (1868), 64.

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A Plea for Tight-Lacing

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Domestic Economy, Health, Periodicals


    Discusses a recent controversy in the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine (1852–90) Waterloo Directory
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concerning the harm caused by tight lacing. Draws attention to the satirical way in which contributors to the controversy express their views.



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Issue 1388 (15 February 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 67.

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Education!

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

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Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Education, Mathematics, Nutrition, Human Development


    Shows a father attempting to teach his son 'Harry' geometry using a cake. He tells his son that the circumference of the cake is roughly equal to three times the diameter and is then interrupted by his son begging to have the 'c'cumf'rence for my share!!'.



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Suggestions for Hippophagists

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 68.

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Diomedes on the Hippophagi

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 69.

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Tax the Sun

Punch Punch
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Photography, Commerce, Government


    Mr Punch presents Benjamin Disraeli Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81) ODNB
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with an argument for putting a penny tax on photographs.



Punch,  54 (1868), 69.

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Where Bad Hippophagists Expect to Go

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 70.

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A Ruffled Prophet

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Prognostication, Eschatology, Religion, Religious Authority, Astrology

People mentioned:

Richard J Morrison, Morrison, Richard James ('Zadkiel') (1795–1874) ODNB
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Robert C Smith Smith, Robert Cross ('Raphael') (1795–1832) ODNB
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    Calls on John Cumming Cumming, John (1807–81) ODNB
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not to be 'angry because the universe does not explode at the exact time he fixes for that event'. Noting that Cumming denies that he has 'prophesied anything', the writer insists that theologians such as Cumming have predicted the end of the world in 'about 1868'. Claiming that 'We are never angry—except when people richly deserve it', insists that just as Punch has treated Cumming with good humour, so Cumming should do the same.



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Nuts for Hippophagists

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), [71].

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Dr. Bull's Waiting-Room

J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Caricature

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Politics, Education


    Shows a general practitioner's waiting room in which are several statesmen and allegorical figures associated with the key political issues of the day. Standing near the door to Dr Bull's surgery, and dressed as a footman, is Benjamin Disraeli Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81) ODNB
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. In the foreground stands Erin, representing Ireland, while around her are John Bright Bright, John (1811–89) ODNB
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(dressed as a woman and wearing a dress labelled 'Universal Suffrage') and a figure clutching a scroll marked 'Education' (probably intended to be Henry A Bruce Bruce, Henry Austin, 1st Baron Aberdare (1815–95) ODNB
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or William E Forster Forster, William Edward (1818–86) ODNB
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). In the back of the room sits an old and miserly-looking John Russell (1st Earl Russell) Russell, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell (1792–1878) ODNB
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.



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As Active as Ever

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Vulcanology, Geology


    Discusses a report in a 'Neapolitan newspaper' describing the apparent refusal of Mount Vesuvius to die out.



Punch,  54 (1868), 75.

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Nursery-Songs for Little Horse-Eaters (Sung with Great Applause at the Great Langham Hotel Horse Feed)

Anon

Genre:

Song, Drollery

Subjects:

Nutrition, Zoology, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 76.

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Ireland's Quack Doctors

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Disease, Politics, Pharmaceuticals, Narcotics


    Describes solutions to the problems of Ireland as if the country were a patient. Notes that the 'doctors' differ over 'the case of Ireland', while 'empirics' propose to administer 'tonics, stimulants, and alteratives'. Believes solutions to the Irish problems may be presented in the style of patent medicines (for example, 'Try the Endowment of Irish Roman Catholic Priests in grants and glebes taken from the Established Church'), but concludes that the only panacea likely to prove effective is tobacco.



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Issue 1389 (22 February 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 78.

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Meetly Worded

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Museums, Amusement

Institutions mentioned:

South Kensington Museum South Kensington Museum
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Punch,  54 (1868), 79.

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A Speech-Gauge at St. Stephens Houses of Parliament
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Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Time, Invention, Religion, Politics, Government


    Discusses the advantages of using a 'sixteen minute' gauge to limit sermons in churches and speeches in the Houses of Parliament.



Punch,  54 (1868), 80, 81.

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Adventures of a Monastic Missionary

Anon

Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Subjects:

Observation, Instruments, Ornithology, Animal Behaviour


    Depicts the adventures of a missionary who is directed by his bishop to the 'plains of Timbuctoo'. His recitation of 'his nones' attracts the attention of a savage cassowary which is subsequently attacked by vultures (80).



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Oxford Political Economy

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Political Economy, Universities, Religion, Religious Authority


    Describes James E T Rogers's Rogers, James Edwin Thorold (1823–90) ODNB
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failed attempt to secure for himself the chair of political economy at the University of Oxford University of Oxford
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, a result that the author attributes to the fact that he spoke in a Baptist chapel.



Punch,  54 (1868), 81.

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Physicians of the Fair Sex

Chip Chip
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Gender, Periodicals, Education


    Responds to a Lady's Own Paper Lady's Own Paper (1866–72) Waterloo Directory
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article on Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (née Garrett), Elizabeth (1836–1917) ODNB
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which includes a portrait and sketch of her medical career. The author recommends a career in medicine to 'young ladies disposed thereto, and capable thereof' and proceeds to attack 'the Apothecaries Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London
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' for preventing women from taking their diploma. Ridicules the argument made by male medical doctors (Dr Prig and Dr Pumpwater) that 'the constitution of the female mind is not adapted to the cultivation of medical science', insisting that many women are 'quite as capable of routine practice as the average of medical men', and urging Mr Punch to tell the 'medical corporations' that they are 'afraid of female competition'. Draws attention to the fact that some women 'object to matrimonial servitude' and that those 'who have as much brain as heart would make first rate doctors'. Suggests the possibility that a medical lady 'might marry as well as practise' and 'go into double partnership with a medical gentleman'. Believes that while ladies' fortunes are often made from their face, they could gain a fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons
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. Concludes by asking Mr Punch to 'blow up the Council which presides over medical education' and to open the 'healing profession' to qualified women.



Punch,  54 (1868), 86.

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Refuge for Rogues

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Adulteration, Crime


    Discusses a recent address given to the Social Science Association National Association for the Promotion of Social Science
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by Henry Letheby Letheby, Henry (1816–76) ODNB
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. Notes Letheby's evidence for food adulteration and his description of the way that 'in the olden times' traders convicted of adulterating their articles were forced to expose their shady practices in public, were placed in the pillory, and then had their trading license revoked. Concludes by regretting that this practice has been stopped.



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A Village in Arcadia

Anon

Genre:

Essay

Subjects:

Sanitation, Public Health, Health, Disease, Government, Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Patronage, Hospitals, Politics, Industry, Manufactories, Pollution


    Begins by reminding readers of the criticism aimed at Mr Punch for his views on the manufacturing districts in the Black Country (see Anon, 'The Queen in the Black Country', Punch, 51 (1866), 238, , Anon, 'The Black Country. Is it as Black as Mr. Punch has Painted it?', Punch, 51 (1866), 240–41, , Anon, 'The Black Country, Not all Black', Punch, 51 (1866), 262 and , Anon, 'White Upon Black', Punch, 52 (1867), 17) and in New Zealand. Urging readers to 'fly' to the 'pure air and primitive simplicity of the country', introduces and presents extensive extracts from a damning report, by Dr Thorne Thorne, Dr (fl. 1868) PU1/54/8/6
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, a medical inspector of the Privy Council Office Privy Council Office
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, of the grim conditions in the village of Terling. Punch stresses that villagers endure stagnant water, ramshackle houses, and a poor diet. The extracts reveal the poor mental and physical health of the villagers, a state of affairs owing much to 'inter-marriages' and the 'moisture of the soil and the atmosphere'. Thorne laments that the cottages are surrounded by cesspools, dilapidated privies and other filthy nuisances that are associated with outbreaks of typhoid. Adds that the owner of the land on which the village is built, John J Strutt (2nd Baron Rayleigh) Strutt, John James, 2nd Baron Rayleigh (1796–1873) WBI
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, has given his tenants allotments on which they can store 'foul accumulations'. The following extract contains Thorne's description of the shocking state of the wells and drainage in the village, facilities which make the water 'nothing better than stinking pools'. (87) Expresses no surprise that Terling was recently visited by 'King Typhus', killing hundreds of people, and presents Thorne's damning evidence against Terling's poor-law guardians who had taken measures to disinfect the village and to supply villagers with medical provisions, but had ignored Thorne's repeated calls for the removal of the foul 'nuisances'. Thorne adds that the guardians could have prevented the cholera outbreak had they performed their duty, and adds that Lord Rayleigh had informed him of the properly constructed cesspools with which he was supplying villagers. Includes an extract from Thorne's second report on Terling, which presents further evidence of the board of guardians' signal neglect of Thorne's advice, the continuing presence of 'abominable' nuisances in the village and of the board's failure to build properly constructed cesspools. Punch sarcastically concludes that this illustrates what 'a great principle is "Local Self-Government"' whose prophet is Bumble (the parish beadle in Charles Dickens's Dickens, Charles (1837–96) ODNB
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Oliver Twist [Dickens, Charles John Huffam] 1838. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress, 3 vols, London: Richard Bentley
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.) Presents Thorne's praise for Dr Gimson Gimson, Dr (fl. 1868) PU1/54/8/7
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, who has attended sick villagers, and Lord Rayleigh and his wife Clara E L Stutt (Baroness Rayleigh) Strutt, Clara Elizabeth La Touche, Lady Rayleigh (fl. 1868) PU1/54/8/7 ODNB, s.v. Strutt, John William
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, who have embarked on such philanthropic schemes as establishing a convalescent hospital for children. In a final extract, Thorne describes the equally dire conditions of Witham, a village near Terling, whose guardians have also ignored the unsanitary conditions of the houses and streets. Concludes by pointing out that the Sanitary Act of 1866 empowers the Secretary of State to inquire into such cases of neglect, and to force boards of guardians to perform their duty. (88)



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Issue 1390 (29 February 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 90–91.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Telegraphy, Government, Politics, Education, Military Technology, Steamships


    Notes the government's introduction of a bill to nationalize electric telegraphs and points out that since the Civil Service Civil Service
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is now 'reasonably educated, we may now hope that our messages will be accurately transcribed'. Also notes that in the House of Lords House of Lords
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a question was raised on floating batteries for coastal defence, and reports were heard on the establishment of Charles Seely's Seely, Charles (1803–87) WBI
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committee on Admiralty Admiralty
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accounts and dockyard expenditure. (90)



Punch,  54 (1868), 91.

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"The Book of the Farm"

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Agriculture, Breeding, Class, Education, Reading, Evolution, Darwinism, Science Communication, Animal Development


    Pokes fun at a review of Darwin 1868 Darwin, Charles Robert 1868. The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, 2 vols, London: J. Murray
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which claims that the book will be as interesting and illuminating to 'Country Gentlemen' as 'all Biologists and Speculative Thinkers'. Imagines how a 'Country Gentleman [...] of the finest old-crusted Tory politics and views on education' might read Darwin's Darwin, Charles Robert (1809–82) DSB
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work. Relates that 'Old JOHN STOCKWELL, of Bathley Wood Farm' is prompted by talk at his local public house to borrow the volumes from 'his clergyman, who is scientific, and subscribes to a London Library', and to peruse the work while being stimulated by brandy and water. Relates that since the farmer's education stopped at fourteen he fails to 'master the polysyllabic difficulties' in the work, and after struggling with 'Hybridism' and 'Provisional Hypothesis of Pangenesis' 'throws DARWIN down' and retires to bed where he 'resolves never again to stray away from Old Moore Vox Stellarum (1701–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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, the weather-glass, and Bell's Weekly Register Bell's Weekly Messenger (1796–1896) Country Sport and Messenger of Agriculture (1896–1900) Waterloo Directory
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'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 97.

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Elementary Instruction

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Education, Meteorology


    'In Meteorology'.



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Issue 1391 (7 March 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 106.

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The Nine Days' Wonder

Jeremiah Bumps Bumps, Jeremiah
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Mental Illness, Exploration, Psychology, Phrenology


    Presents a discussion between the author and his friend, Mr Bruff, who think that explorers are insane, not least because of their tendency to 'go roaming about [...] among lions and cannibals'. The author retorts that the same 'gentlemen of wealth' are equally insane to 'put themselves in the way of cannon balls' and insists that such famous travellers as David Livingstone Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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and John H Speke Speke, John Hanning (1827–64) ODNB
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are sane but actuated 'by a particular impulse'. The discussion then focuses on Bruff's claim that two brothers must both have an insane interest in travel, although the author argues from phrenology that a large organ of 'Locality' will, for one brother, find 'relief in exertion', but for the other brother the size of this organ will produce large amounts of 'pent-up energy' and mental imbalance.



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Issue 1392 (14 March 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 110.

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Teach Him to Find Fault!

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Utilitarianism, Politics


    Discusses the suspension by the Poor Law Board Poor Law Board
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of Dr Rogers Rogers, Dr (fl. 1868) PU1/54/11/2
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, the medical officer of the Strand Poor Law Union Workhouse Strand Poor Law Union—Workhouse
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. Explains that Rogers was dismissed because he 'repeatedly appealed to the public and the Poor Law Board' rather than the guardians, and suggests that he had 'paid the penalty of his zeal'.



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A New Musical Conductor

Anon

Genre:

Essay, Drollery

Subjects:

Sound, Music, Invention, Steam-power


    Notes from a passage in Tyndall 1867 Tyndall, John 1867. Sound: A Course of Eight Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London: Longmans, Green and Co.
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how John Tyndall Tyndall, John (1820–93) DSB
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explained that music could be transmitted to great distances using wooden conductors. Discusses the possibility of using this to listen to Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
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concerts 'without the bore of going to them'. Warns that 'great care must be taken in laying down the sound-tubes, so that no unpleasant noises [for example, 'the whistle of a steam-engine'] may chance to be conveyed by them'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 112.

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A Growing Evil

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Language, Mechanics, Dynamics


    Believes the title of a paper recently presented by James C Maxwell Maxwell, James Clerk (1831–79) DSB
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to the Royal Society Royal Society of London
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—'On Governors'—is evidence that 'The encroachments of Slang are daily becoming more and more audacious'. A version of this paper was published as Maxwell 1868 Maxwell, James Clerk 1868. 'On Governors', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 16, 270–283
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Punch,  54 (1868), 112.

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A Triad

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Botany, Breeding, Darwinism, Language


    Three comic definitions: 'Hybridism—In DARWIN Darwin, Charles Robert (1809–82) DSB
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(a reference to Darwin 1868 Darwin, Charles Robert 1868. The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, 2 vols, London: J. Murray
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)', 'Highbreedism—In Belgravia', and 'Highbreadism—In baking circles, when the quartern loaf goes up'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 117.

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To Correspondents

Anon

Genre:

Editorial Reply, Spoof

Subjects:

Photography, Language, Chemistry, Railways


Punch,  54 (1868), 119.

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Dear, Dear Boy!

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoological Gardens


    Shows a young boy and his aunt standing beside a lion's cage in the Zoological Society Gardens Zoological Society of London —Gardens
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. The boy tells his aunt that he would like to see his school headmaster placed in the lion's den.



Punch,  54 (1868), 120.

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Scientific Cruelty

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Veterinary Science, Dissection, Surgery, Cultural Geography, Nationalism


    Expresses horror at cruel practices perpetrated at French schools of veterinary science. Noting how students are obliged to dissect live horses, considers French veterinary surgeons to be 'bigger brutes than those on which they operate', and emphasises that English dissecting rooms are for instructing students, not for torture.



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The Quick March of Civilisation

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Manufactories, Industry, Religious Authority


    Discusses news of a Lyons factory that produces nine hundred Chassepot rifles every day. Punch sarcastically praises this rate of production because it causes such carnage on behalf of Pope Pius IX Pius IX, Pope (1792–1878) CBD
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Issue 1393 (21 March 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 122–23.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Public Health, Architecture, Government


Punch,  54 (1868), 127.

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Compensation for Hampstead Heath Hampstead Heath
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Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Environmentalism, Railways, Transport, Commerce


    Discusses an attempt by the Metropolitan Board of Works Metropolitan Board of Works
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to negotiate the purchase of Thomas M Wilson's Wilson, Sir Thomas Maryon, 8th Baronet (1800–69) WBI
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lands for which he is charging a huge price. Suggests that the Board of Works be allowed to take legal action against Wilson, just as a railway company could take action against a landowner who charged exorbitant costs for buying his land.



Punch,  54 (1868), 127.

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Convivial Definition

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Practitioners


Punch,  54 (1868), 129.

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An Omen to Quackery!

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Quackery, Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Commerce


    Begins by describing the recent collapse of Thomas Holloway's Holloway, Thomas (1800–83) ODNB
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shop premises on the north side of the Strand. Believes Holloway 'surpassed in name OLD PARR' and how, in his shop, Holloway had 'compounded Pills' which he 'declared in puffs and bills'. Explains that the site of the shop is to be used for 'Courts of Law' and warns those 'Quacks, on public health who prey' to glean a bad omen from the fall of the house of Holloway.



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Issue 1394 (28 March 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 131.

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"Ignoramus" on Some Geographical Troubles

Ignoramus Ignoramus
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Physical Geography, Education, War


    The writer describes his attempts to improve his knowledge of geography. Stresses how his familiarity with various geographical locations has come from major conflicts, such as the Crimean war, the war between Austria, France, and Italy, and the current war between Britain and Abyssinia.



Punch,  54 (1868), 132.

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A Paradox!

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

C K Keene, Charles Samuel (1823–91) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Mathematics, Domestic Economy


    Shows a 'Studious Lodger', standing near a table, in conversation with his landlady, Mrs Priggins. Pointing, with a knife, to a plate of meat he tells Mrs Priggins that if she had a better understanding of mathematics she would 'readily comprehend how impossible it is that this steak which I sent from table last night a rectangular parallelogram, is now an irregular pentagon!!'.



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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI  [3/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

George L P B Du Maurier Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Vulcanology, Exploration, Geology, Zoology, Human Development

Institutions mentioned:

Acclimatisation Society, Acclimatisation Society, New South Wales
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Royal Geographical Society Royal Geographical Society
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Punch,  54 (1868), 134.

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Mr. Punch's Designs after Nature

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Genre:

Regular Feature, Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Gender, Zoology, Amusement


    Shows a woman wearing a hat in the shape of a swan's head. Around her shoulders, she wears a white-feathered shawl, and warms her hands in a muff made from a swan's feathers and feet. The caption explains, 'This little duck wear and effective aquatic jacket, strongly recommended for the boating season'.



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A Rich Cole Cole, Sir Henry (1808–82) ODNB
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Mine

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Exhibitions, Museums, Representation, Architecture

People mentioned:

Christopher Wren Wren, Sir Christopher (1632–1723) DSB
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Institutions mentioned:

South Kensington Museum South Kensington Museum
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The Great Zagazias (A Bumpkin Ballad)

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

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Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoology, Class, Exhibitions, Display


    Narrates the experiences of two yokels, Josias Gutch and Zacharias Brown. Josias describes to his friend a visit to a 'Zircus' which advertised a mysterious animal called 'the great Zaga-zias'. He explains that he demanded his money back on not seeing the beast before being directed to a tent where he saw what Zacharias identifies from his description as 'an Nellyphant'. The two friends disagree about the identity of the beast and ask the parson for help; he takes them back to Wombwell's menagerie Wombwell's Menagerie
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in his trap. What Josias took to be 'the Great Zaga-zias' proves to be an elephant identified as 'THE GREAT SAGACIOUS'.



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Paddy's Bad Tooth; or, Doctors Differ

J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

J T Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Disease, Politics, Religion


    Shows Dr Disraeli (Benjamin Disraeli Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81) ODNB
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) and Dr Gladstone (William E Gladstone Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–98) ODNB
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) standing near a chair on which sits Paddy, a comic representation of Ireland. Paddy's swollen jaw is wrapped in a bandage labelled 'Protestant Church', which is identified as the bad tooth of the title. The dialogue between the two doctors reveals their different solutions to Catholic opposition of the established Church of Ireland Church of Ireland
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, Gladstone believing that it should 'come out at once' (be disestablished), Disraeli being 'decidedly in favour of stopping'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 139.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Archaeology, Geology, Museums, Railways, Transport, Accidents


    Notes the discovery of evidence that English porcelain may have been manufactured at Bow, where 'moulds have been found whence China now at South Kensington South Kensington Museum
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is stated to have been made'. Adds that geologists at the Museum of Economic Geology Museum of Economic Geology, Charing Cross
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have reported that the owners of the land on which the discovery was made want to advance research 'in the interests of English art'. Later notes the introduction of a railway bill making it compulsory to provide means of communication between guards and passengers.



Punch,  54 (1868), 140.

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Question for Railway Contractors

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Charlatanry, Commerce

People mentioned:

Samuel M Peto Peto, Sir Samuel Morton (1809–89) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 141.

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Well! Why Not?

Anon

Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Invention


    Presents a short drama describing how a hairdresser defended his use of machinery to brush the hair of a swell.



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Punch,  54 (1868), 144.

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Ideas on Advertising (By a Wondering Mind)

Anon

Genre:

Introduction, Drollery; Advertisement, Spoof

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Heroism, Religion


    Includes an advertisement from a firm of dubious sounding 'Ecclesiastical Decorators, Plumbers, and Glaziers' who propose to construct a stained glass window 'representing the progress of the construction of a Railway, and designed to illustrate the life and works of an eminent Engineer'.



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Fly not Yet

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Aeronautics


    Announces that a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Royal Aeronautical Society
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'has flown' and will 'fly the length of the Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
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'.



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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.  [4/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Subjects:

Mesmerism, Physical Geography, Mathematics, Medical Treatment


Punch,  54 (1868), 151–52.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Military Technology, Government, Politics


    Notes John S Pakington's Pakington, John Somerset, 1st Baron Hampton (1799–1880) ODNB
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bringing forward of the Army Army
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estimates and his announcement that 'the Enfields are nearly all converted into Sniders Snider, Jacob (1820–66) WBI
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' (151).



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An "Official English" Dictionary Wanted

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Class, Health, Disease, Language


    Laments the ways in which poor-law inspectors 'use fine official language to veil in some degree the horrors they discover, and which it is their duty plainly to disclose'. Presents extracts from a report describing some of the grim conditions in Bedminster Poor Law Union Workhouse Bedminster Poor Law Union Workhouse
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and reporting that the words 'inadquate' and 'insufficient' have been used by guardians to describe conditions which, as Ernest A Hart Hart, Ernest Abraham (1835–98) ODNB
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found, were inhumane and even fatal to paupers.



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Issue 1396 (11 April 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 156.

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Conundrum

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Railways, Sound, Pollution


Punch,  54 (1868), 160.

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Scientific and Seasonable Intelligence

Anon

Genre:

Announcement, Spoof

Subjects:

Societies, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Medical Treatment, Charlatanry


    Announces that Thomas Holloway Holloway, Thomas (1800–83) ODNB
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delivered the Harveian Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
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, and, following John Abernethy's Abernethy, John (1764–1831) ODNB
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saying that 'at forty every man is either a fool or a physician', observes that many in the audience were aged over forty.



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More Grist to the Mill

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Practitioners, Education


    Believes that medical students will be interested in a report on the Florentine chamber of deputies who are debating the 'Grinding-Tax Bill'. Suggests that this is a 'tax upon grinding, the consideration whereof may occasion some of those youths who design themselves candidates for diplomas in medicine and surgery to rejoice as being better off than the Italian students'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 163.

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Submarine Obstructions

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Government, Politics


    Notes the existence of a 'Special Committee' for 'floating obstructions and submarine explosive structures for sea-defence' and its publication of a report on 'Passive Obstructions for the Defence of Harbours and Channels'. Wonders if the board of the Admiralty Admiralty
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is included in the list of obstructions.



Punch,  54 (1868), 164.

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Pictures in the Right Place

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Hospitals, Medical Treatment, Representation


    Praises the work of John Absolon Absolon, John (1815–95) WBI
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, an artist who, 'without money-payment has given three months of well-occupied time to the painting of ten pictures in distemper, for the decoration of one of the sick wards of Guy's Hospital Guy's Hospital
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'. Holds that the pictures, which represent 'scenes of pleasant, bright, outdoor life', will successfully illuminate an otherwise dreary hospital ward.



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Health and Longevity for Ireland

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Politics, Medical Treatment, Pharmaceuticals


    Referring to William E Gladstone's Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–98) ODNB
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proposal to pacify Ireland by disestablishing the Church of Ireland Church of Ireland
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, this poem describes the action of the 'Anti-Church Pills' manufactured by 'GLADSTONE & CO.' Boasts that the pills are a 'certain cure / Of Chronic insurrection' and 'revolution', and will 'much improve / The general constitution'.



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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital  [5/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

D M Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Evolution, Human Development, Darwinism, Ornithology, Zoology, Nutrition


    The illustration shows activity on the top of a house-boat (the 'Volcano Villa' of the story), which is sailing into a sunset. On the chimney of the house is perched a strange spoonbill (a 'pangofflin') with a beak formed in the shape of two forks. On the roof, a simian William Nutt (the long-serving man servant in the story) balances on the top of a chair, juggles various items of cutlery, and balances several bottles on its nose. This entertainment pleases Nutt's employer, Grace Marchmont, who looks on admiringly from her resting place near the chimney stack.



Punch,  54 (1868), 166.

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Something More from Our Artist

Gaston de Malaloeil De Malaloeil, Gaston
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Ornithology, Evolution, Darwinism


    Addressed to the editor of the 'Chikkin Hazard', this explains his choice of illustration accompanying Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66. The letter-writer points out that the bird in the illustration is a 'tame pangofflin' which is a 'variety of the spoonbill' whose 'peculiar bill' is, according to the author's ornithological friend, 'a splendid illustration of MR. DARWIN'S Darwin, Charles Robert (1809–82) DSB
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well-known theories on the origin of species'.



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Punch,  54 (1868), 169.

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Another Smash for Spiritualists

Anon

Genre:

Essay

Subjects:

Sound, Physics, Spiritualism, Charlatanry


    Boasting that Mr Punch's jokes have stopped the 'spirits' from giving musical concerts, tha author stresses how 'easy it would be to copy their performance', appealing to a passage in Tyndall 1867 Tyndall, John 1867. Sound: A Course of Eight Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London: Longmans, Green and Co.
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in which the physicist insists on the unlimited distance through which sounds and music can be transmitted. Interprets this as suggesting that the sounds of a guitar or an accordion (instruments frequently used at séances) could be transmitted from a room beneath the 'apartment where the spirits were holding their séance' and thus 'wondrously astonish the weak minds of the audience'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 173.

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A Terrible Street Improvement

One of the Old School One of the Old School
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Transport, Steam-power, Palaeontology


    Records the 'horror, surprise, and indignation' with which he responded to the sight of a 'large steam-roller' at work in Park Lane. Likens the crowd's reaction to that elicited by a 'Dodo or Plesiosaurus, or some other praediluvian and now non-extent monster'. Proceeds to condemn this aspect of 'street-improvements', not least because it has been borrowed from France. Upholds the virtues of travelling in carriages along bumpy roads, and thinks steam-rollers 'must end in revolutions' as in France.



Punch,  54 (1868), 174.

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Woman's Strength and Weakness

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Gender, Psychology, Mental Illness, Disease, Mesmerism, Spiritualism, Religious Authority, Religion


    Written from the perspective of a bachelor, this links a variety of female maladies to hysteria. Explains that women's tendency to 'laugh or cry / Without reason why' and to indulge in violent actions is attributable to hysteria. Similarly, believes that hysteria is responsible for a woman's cunning and ability 'to feign [...] without her will', as well as her 'prophetic fits', her obedience to mesmeric and spiritualistic forces, and her subordination to the will of 'divines' and 'Ritualism'. Concludes by wishing that his future wife be content with her husband and his intention to 'avert her from that dire disease, / Hysteria'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 175.

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Exeserit Rabidos Ignes

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Astronomy, Politics


Punch,  54 (1868), 175.

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How to Quash the Quacks

Punch Punch
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Quackery, Medical Practitioners, Politics, Government, Public Health


    Addressed to the Home Secretary, Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy Gathorne-Hardy, Gathorne, 1st Earl of Cranbrook (1814–1906) ODNB
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, the letter-writer supports a plea in 'a medical journal' for him to 'press forward the Medical Acts Amendment Bill, which will rob the quacks of their power to assume medical titles', and which has been neglected for several years. Believes that 'There can hardly be much public business which should be deemed more pressing than that of taking care of the health of the public', and insists that depriving quacks of medical titles will undermine their power to endanger people's lives.



Punch,  54 (1868), 175.

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Academy Royal Academy of Arts
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Catalogue. 1867. NO. 1106

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Exploration, Heroism, Representation


    Compares the false stories promulgated by the 'Johanna men' about David Livingstone's Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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death to the lies of Joanna Southcott Southcott, Joanna (1750–1814) ODNB
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(Southcott is spelt 'Southcote' suggesting an allusion to the Secretary of State for India, Stafford H Northcote Northcote, Sir Stafford Henry, 1st Baron Iddesleigh (1818–87) ODNB
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). Notes the 'pride' with which Roderick I Murchison Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, 1st Baronet (1792–1871) DSBODNB
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announced 'brave' Livingstone's safety and return home, and dismisses a recent bust of 'the late' Livingstone in favour of a real 'LIVING STONE'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 175.

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Horsepital Contributions

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Hospitals, Patronage

Institutions mentioned:

St George's Hospital St George's Hospital
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Punch,  54 (1868), 176.

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To the Roderick Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, 1st Baronet (1792–1871) DSBODNB
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that's Nae Doo

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Heroism,


    In response to news that Roderick Murchison has been elected to the Académie des Sciences, Paris Académie des Sciences, Paris
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, the poet hails him as 'the Chief that in Science advances, / First in the geographical line'. Points out that he has been chosen 'in FARADAY'S Faraday, Michael (1791–1867) DSB
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place' and is famed in France for 'his work in geology's mine'. Concludes by noting Murchison's heroic announcement of David Livingstone's Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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letters demonstrating his safety.



Punch,  54 (1868), 176.

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Taking it in Snuff

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Telegraphy, Government, Politics, Commerce


    Discusses the opposition of Robert Grimston Grimston, Robert (1816–84) ODNB
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to the plan to put the telegraph system into government hands. Notes his dubious argument that the telegraph companies, 'for doing the work badly, get enough out of the public to pay a good dividend'.



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Issue 1398 (25 April 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 177.

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The Celestial Hat

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

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Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Gender, Zoology, Amusement


    Shows a woman wearing a hat in the shape of an exotic bird—presumably a 'celestial' bird.



Punch,  54 (1868), 177.

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Important Railway News

Anon

Genre:

Essay

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Race, Human Development


    Begins by noting the recent 'opening of two railways into wild and savage Northern districts'—the Sutherland Railway Sutherland Railway
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in Scotland and the St John's Wood Railway Company St John's Wood Railway Company
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extension to the Metropolitan Railway Metropolitan Railway Company
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. Describes Mr Punch's experience of the latter, which terminates in a 'swarthy moor' and which uses 'new and luxurious' carriages and agreeable porters. Proceeds to describe the inhabitants of St John's Wood as if they were an exotic civilisation: for example, the author stresses that they are 'not ill-conditioned', that their language 'has affinity with that of the Pembridge districts, and Bayswater', that they indulge in 'dreary' amusements 'usual among savage tribes', and that they sustain worship of a 'Great Spirit called the Pine-Apple Ghost'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 177.

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Potage à la Coster

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Zoology, Nutrition


Punch,  54 (1868), 177.

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Question for Dr. Mary Walker Walker, Mary (1832–1919) WBI
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Anon

Genre:

Catechism, Spoof

Subjects:

Gender, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Charlatanry


    'Why ought a Medical Quack to be a Woman? / Because he's always a Charlotte Anne.'



Punch,  54 (1868), 178.

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Looking Forward

G B Bowers, Georgina (b. 1836) WBI
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

G B Bowers, Georgina (b. 1836) WBI
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Economic Geology, Domestic Economy, Political Economy


    Shows an elderly man sitting by a fire in his drawing room. He tells his maidservant not to 'put too many coals on' because it makes him 'shiver when I think that in three hundred years we shall have none left'. This responds to contemporary debate on the rapid depletion of Britain's coal measures.



Punch,  54 (1868), 179.

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Punch's Political Stereoscope. Lord Russell Russell, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell (1792–1878) ODNB
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Anon

Genre:

Extract, Reportage

Publications extracted:

Daily Telegraph Daily Telegraph (1856–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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, Standard Standard (1827–60) Evening Standard (1860–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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Subjects:

Photography, Light, Instruments, Politics, Religion


    Presents two different reports (from the Daily Telegraph Daily Telegraph (1856–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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and the Standard Standard (1827–60) Evening Standard (1860–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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) of Russell's recent stance on his younger political colleagues' policy of disestablishing the Church of Ireland Church of Ireland
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. The format of the article is designed to mimic the two, subtly different, photographs used in a stereoscope.



Punch,  54 (1868), 179.

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A Poor Look Out for Country Paupers

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Utilitarianism, Disease, Health, Medical Practitioners, Politics, Government, Charlatanry


    Begins by noting how attention has recently been directed to the filthy condition of workhouses, and discusses a report in the Pall Mall Gazette Pall Mall Gazette (1865–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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of the way in which inspectors working for the Poor Law Board Poor Law Board
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investigate workhouses 'blindfolded by routine and red-tape'. Explains how poor-law commissioners now propose to make the already overworked and poorly paid workhouse medical officers carry out inspections for the board. Points out that such practitioners fear offending poor-law guardians who will make 'a scapegoat of their surgeon and consider him responsible for their own shortcomings'. Concludes by insisting that 'Punch protests with all his might against such vile humbuggery' and heartily supports the Pall Mall Gazette's plan for 'an auxiliary corps of medical and technical inspectors', a move that has led to 'improved management and inspection of workhouses', and in turn 'an immense and unexpected saving'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 185–86.

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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.  [7/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

George L P B Du Maurier Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Human Development, Music, Anatomy, Instruments


    Includes two illustrations of a monkey sitting and playing musical instruments. It also includes an illustration of several birds and fishes, and a snake, all of which have cutting implements (for example, a saw and a bradawl) for mouths.



Punch,  54 (1868), 186.

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Another Letter from Our Artist

G de Malalœil Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

George L P B Du Maurier Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Human Development, Amusement


    Includes an illustration of a monkey dressed in gentleman's clothing. It is shown in two poses: 'Working out a problem' and 'Solving a problem'.



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Issue 1399 (2 May 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 191.

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Good News from Paraguay

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Steamships


Punch,  54 (1868), 195.

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Evenings from Home

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, News-Commentary

Subjects:

Amusement, Music, Evolution, Darwinism, Language


Punch,  54 (1868), 195.

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"Not Done Yet, Edinburgh"

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Cultural Geography

Publications cited:

London Scotsman London Scotsman (1867–71) Waterloo Directory
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    Discusses a stormy meeting to discuss the affairs of the Caledonian Railway Caledonian Railway
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.



Punch,  54 (1868), 195.

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Quotation Wanted—"The Lushy Eglantine"

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Botany, Natural History, Language, Taxonomy


Punch,  54 (1868), 195.

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To Epicures

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Medical Treatment, Spiritualism

People mentioned:

Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 196.

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Medical Intelligence

Anon

Genre:

Catechism, Spoof

Subjects:

Gender, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Charlatanry, Analytical Chemistry, Scientific Practitioners


    Following Anon, 'Question for Dr. Mary Walker', Punch, 54 (1868), 177, insists that since a 'Medical Quack can be called a woman because he's a Charlotte Anne', so 'a Chemist might be called a Ditto, as he is an Anne Eliza (Analyser)'.



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Issue 1400 (9 May 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 199.

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Roderick Vich Murchison Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, 1st Baronet (1792–1871) DSBODNB
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!

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Exploration, Physical Geography, Imperialism, Travel, Heroism, Controversy, Human Development, Mapping, Ethnology, Anthropology, Geology


    Possibly a response to a meeting of the Royal Geographical Society Royal Geographical Society
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at which the geographical aspects of Robert C Napier's Napier, Robert Cornelis, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala (1810–90) ODNB
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expedition to Abyssinia were discussed. Begins by praising Murchison, the president of the society, and 'the Chief in Johanna'. Notes the support for Murchison's views by Samuel W Baker Baker, Sir Samuel White (1821–93) ODNB
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, Richard F Burton Burton, Sir Richard Francis (1821–90) ODNB
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, Francis Galton Galton, Sir Francis (1822–1911) DSB ODNB
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, 'PETH'RICK' (probably John Petherick Petherick, John (1813–82) WBI
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), James A Grant Grant, James Augustus (1827–92) ODNB
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, and Mr Osborne Osborne, Mr (fl. 1868) PU1/54/18/1
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, all of whom loudly declare Murchison, a 'ho-ieroe'. Describes the way that Murchison stood alone 'like a rock' ''Gainst F.G.S.'s shock' in seeing through the large 'lie' of 'Moussa' (this is possibly Moussa of Sati Moussa of Sati (d. 1883) WBI
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), a move that won the praise of Baker and Burton. Proceeds to praise David Livingstone's Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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feats, including his defiance of 'slave-hunters and fevers and tsetse', and his tracing, mastering, and mapping of tribes. In the concluding stanza, urges the fellows of the Geographical Society to reiterate their praise for 'the pride of the Highlands' who hails from a 'high Gaelic line' that is as 'Old as Silurian slates' on which Murchison 'may be proud to recline'. However, anticipates that the rooms of the Geographical Society will witness 'a still brighter gem'—the return of Livingstone.



Punch,  54 (1868), 201–02.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Railways, Commerce, Charlatanry, Government


    Notes William Hutt's Hutt, Sir William (1801–82) ODNB
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introduction of a bill to 'promote something like honesty on the part of Railway and Joint Stock Companies' (201).



Punch,  54 (1868), 202.

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"Science Gossip"

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Announcement, Spoof

Subjects:

Military Technology, Ornithology, Animal Behaviour, Patenting, Electricity, Manufactories, Supernaturalism, Spectroscopy


    Lists various items of scientific news which involve puns on technical terms. For example, 'The proper thing to use with gun-cotton is shot silk', and 'A Scientific Ghost-story will shortly appear in fortnightly numbers, founded on Spectrum Analysis'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 205.

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The Laureate's New Poem

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Catechism

Subjects:

Matter Theory, Cosmology, Periodicals, Comparative Philology, Ancient Authorities


    Anticipating the wide readership of Alfred Tennyson's Tennyson, Alfred, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809–92) ODNB
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'Lucretius' Tennyson, Alfred 1868. 'Lucretius', Macmillan's Magazine, 18, 1–9
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, which had just appeared in Macmillan's Magazine Macmillan's Magazine (1859–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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, Punch offers 'the Diner-Out' a set of questions that 'young ladies' are likely to pose about the poem. The questions include 'What is the Atomic Theory?' and 'What is cosmic order?'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 205.

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Home, Sweet Home! (A Song of the Day)

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Crime, Charlatanry, Patronage, Scientific Practitioners


    Begins by identifying Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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as an unprecedented 'worker of wonders' and introduces the chorus, 'HOME, HOME, DAN HOME, / No Medium like HOME'. Proceeds to describe the sensational legal case in which Jane Lyon Lyon, Jane (fl. 1868) Jenkins 1982
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accused Home of using fraudulent 'spiritualistic' means of proving himself to be the true heir to her considerable legacy. It emphasises that Lyon's 'terrors are vain' in the face of Home who flies 'Into fortune'. Describes the various phenomena allegedly produced through his mediumship (including levitation) and insists that his fame 'should be pinned' on his ability to raise the wind rather than himself. Concludes by noting that 'He is vouched for by friends, F.R.S.'s, M.P.'s' and other dignitaries, and that he has 'on tap draughts for thousands of pounds'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 205–06.

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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On  [9/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Relevant illustrations:

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Illustrators:

George L P B Du Maurier Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–96) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Zoology, Reasoning, Palaeontology, Nutrition


Punch,  54 (1868), 207.

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Turning a Type Inside Out

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Crime, Charlatanry, Patronage, Scientific Practitioners


    Believes the legal trial between Jane Lyon Lyon, Jane (fl. 1868) Jenkins 1982
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and Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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forces the 'type of faith or Spiritual reliance' illustrated by 'DANIEL in the den of lions' to be changed to 'LYONS in DANIEL'S den'.



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Punch,  54 (1868), 211.

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Farming without Land

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Agriculture, Human Development, Politics


    Discusses the 'prevalent practice of baby-farming', practitioners of which are distinguished from other farmers because they are never protectionists and always 'utterly heartless', since they do not wish for any legislation that will protect their livestock.



Punch,  54 (1868), 211.

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[Charity Belongs at Home]

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Crime, Charlatanry, Commerce

People mentioned:

Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 215–16.

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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.  [10/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Subjects:

Telegraphy, Technology


Punch,  54 (1868), 217.

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Kissing v. Scratching

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Crime, Charlatanry, Commerce

People mentioned:

Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 217.

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"Ignoramus" on "The One Hundreth"

Ignoramus Ignoramus
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Genre:

Essay, Drollery

Subjects:

Education, Ornithology, Palaeontology, Statistics, Public Health


Punch,  54 (1868), 218.

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Tricksy Spirits

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Charlatanry


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Issue 1402 (23 May 1868)Expand    Contract

Punch,  54 (1868), 219–20.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Government, Politics, Measurement, Nationalism, Cultural Geography, Gender


    Notes the discussion in both Houses of Parliament Houses of Parliament
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on 'the metric System of Weights and Measures, which is adopted by nearly all other civilised nations, but which it is good clap-trap to resist, call, un-English, and otherwise abuse' (219). Announces John S Mill's Mill, John Stuart (1806–73) DSB
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presentation to the House of Commons House of Commons
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of 'a petition signed by 21,757 women, who asked for the Franchise', the first signatory being Mary Somerville Somerville, Mary Fairfax Greig (1780–1872) DSB
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, 'the Mechanist of the Heavens' (a reference to Somerville 1831 Somerville, Mary 1831. Mechanism of the Heavens, London: J. Murray
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), and Florence Nightingale Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910) ODNB
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, the 'Healer on Earth' (220).



Punch,  54 (1868), 220.

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The Right Position

Anon

Genre:

Reportage, Spoof

Subjects:

Astronomy, Instrument-makers, Scientific Practitioners, Representation, Exhibitions


    Describes how the companion of a 'scientific friend' consoled him by explaining that the portrait of telescope inventor James Gregory Gregory (Gregorie), James (1638–75) DSB
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had been placed high on a wall at the National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery
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because it was 'only proper to place him as near to the sky as possible'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 221.

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Spirit Face Painting

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Domestic Economy, Gender


    Pokes fun at an advertisement from a woman medium for 'séances of Youth'. Punch suggests that this means that lady séance-goers can 'get themselves enamelled by disembodied impostors'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 222.

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The Political and the Davenport Brothers

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Politics, Spiritualism, Language


    Following remarks in The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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about William E Gladstone Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–98) ODNB
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and John Bright Bright, John (1811–89) ODNB
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having 'allowed themselves to be tied up', suggests that there are similarities between the liberal statesmen and the mediums William H H Davenport Davenport, William Henry Harrison (1841–77) WBI
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and Ira E Davenport Davenport, Ira Erastus (1839–1911) WBI
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(celebrated for producing spiritualistic phenomena while being tied up within a wooden box).



Punch,  54 (1868), 222.

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A Great Disappointment

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Periodicals, Language

People mentioned:

Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 225.

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The Paragraph-Puff Nuisance

Anon

Genre:

Advertisement, Spoof

Subjects:

Exploration, Physical Geography, Heroism | Medical Practitioners, Controversy, Quackery


    Includes advertisements for a watch with which to 'count the minutes' until David Livingstone's Livingstone, David (1813–73) ODNB
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return, and one for the 'Balsam of Timbuctoo' which is proffered as a more effective drug than Punch.



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Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

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Subjects:

Human Development, Zoology, Evolution


    Includes an illustration showing Grace Marchmont and her simian-looking servant, William Nutt, standing on a beach.



Punch,  54 (1868), 227.

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Science Applied to the Political Arts

Anon

Genre:

Essay, Spoof

Subjects:

Politics, Government, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Matter Theory, Force, Commerce, Electrochemistry, Electricity


    Divided into two sections. In 'To Dissolve Parliament Houses of Parliament
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', explains that the 'common Parliament' is composed of 'Ministerial Varnish, Soft Soap, Gum Benjamin Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81) ODNB
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', and 'Colouring Matter'. 'Gum Benjamin' is responsible for giving Parliament its 'adhesive' properties while being 'wonderfully plastic'. Points out how the 'sensitive atoms' of Parliament can be held in suspense by 'an occult influence'—presumably that of 'Gum Benjamin'. In 'Electoral Affinities', gold is claimed to be a 'universal political solvent, specially remarkable for its electoral affinities'. Using an analogy between politics and electrochemistry, explains how bringing the 'auriferous wires of a powerful club battery' in contact with 'the Poll' causes the latter to become 'positively electrified with venal avidity, the whole body surrounding the Poll, being charged with a subtle fluid technically called craft'.



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Punch,  54 (1868), 229.

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Memorandum on Military Economy

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Military Technology, Government, Political Economy


    Discusses an extract from The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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lamenting the high cost of ordnance, and suggests that this makes it desirable to enforce the 'prevention, or diminution to the smallest possible amount' of the expense of military projectiles.



Punch,  54 (1868), 229.

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As Shylock Said

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Railways, Transport, Commerce


Punch,  54 (1868), 230.

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Density and Dirty Water

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Pollution, Analytical Chemistry, Disease, Death, Industry, Sanitation, Morality, Progress


    Anticipating a performance at the forthcoming Handel Festival of 'They Loathed to Drink of the River' from Georg F Händel's Händel, Georg Friedrich (1685–1759) ODNB
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oratorio Israel in Egypt, discusses a report in The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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concerning William Farr Farr, William (1807–83) ODNB
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, who could find no evidence of a decline in the mortality rates from fever, a result that Farr linked to a rising population and therefore water contamination. Punch agrees on the link between population and contamination, but adds that an increased 'moral density' pollutes the streams, kills its fishes, and discolours flowers. Suggests that decreasing the 'moral density' of the population would lower the population and therefore the death rate. Offers this for consideration by those who dismiss conservation of the environment to be backward-looking.



Punch,  54 (1868), 230.

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Axiom for the Admiralty Admiralty
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Anon

Genre:

Catechism, Spoof

Subjects:

Military Technology, Steamships


Punch,  54 (1868), 231.

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Magnetism of the Horse

Paracelsus Minor Minor, Paracelsus
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Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Animal Behaviour, Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, Crime, Morality, Magnetism, Electricity


    Begins by arguing that, irrespective of the credibility of mesmerism, 'there is in some reality in a species of animal magnetism; a magnetic force which attracts some people to some animals'. Proceeds to note that the horse has the power to attract the 'multitude' and can 'possess some people with infatuation'. Presents an extract from the Argus Argus (cited 1868) PU1/54/22/5
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describing the case of a marquis who lost his property in bets on horses. Insists that horses emit 'a very demoralising influence', causing rogues to win and fools to loose money. Argues, however, that this is a 'magnetic' influence, owing to the fact that it exists in a polar form (roguery and folly corresponding to the north and south poles), and it can induce an 'aptitude to cheat or be cheated' (analogous to magnetic induction). Concludes by suggesting that the 'Horsey magnetic influence does not seem always to confer the ability to pronounce the word "horse" aright' and to stop people dropping their aitches.



Punch,  54 (1868), 232.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Government, Politics, Railways, Transport, Pollution


    Notes the reading of the 'Regulation of Railways Bill', a measure penalising railway companies for smoke pollution.



Punch,  54 (1868), 232.

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The Latest Spiritualist Style of Cloak

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Charlatanry


    'A Wrap-rascal'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 233.

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Comfort for Campaigners

One of the Old School One of the Old School
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Genre:

Letter, Spoof

Subjects:

Military Technology, War, Health, Disease


    Criticizing the 'milk and water' tenderness which he believes is 'running the Army Army
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', discusses an extract from the Lancet Lancet (1823–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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describing a new design of knapsack which is better for the solider's health. Anticipates that investigations into the health of the Army will lead to similar 'soft' measures, including soldiers being 'stethescoped' before marching. Concludes by condemning the measures that are being taken to 'keep our Army in good health'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 233.

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Poisonous Plants

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Pollution, Industry, Environmentalism, Manufactories, Government, Crime


    Discusses a letter in The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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from representatives of the Patent Wheel Works Patent Wheel Works
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who were fined for 'unlawfully using a furnace not constructed so as to consume its own smoke'. Although the representatives recognised their crime, Punch reports that they had really desired a furnace that would burn smoke and had urged the government to adopt the best smoke-consuming apparatus. Concludes by pointing out that the government already 'does its part' and urges manufacturers that it is up to them to 'discover how not to establish nuisances'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 237.

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Rather Type-Confounding

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Societies, Animal Behaviour, Class, Taxonomy, Mechanics


    Shocked by the title of a paper recently presented at 'one of the Scientific Societies'—'Elasticity of Animal Type'—and suggests that 'Bourgeois' is the only type that can possibly be considered animal.



Punch,  54 (1868), 238.

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A Homœopathic Home

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Homeopathy, Medical Treatment, Crime


    Discusses an advertisement from a physician who 'can receive an inmate with or without medical care' and who can teach. Suggests that the title of the advertisement, 'Homœopathy' is not 'to be taken to mean Humbug'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 238.

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Spirit Hands Wanted

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Music, Spiritualism


    Mystified by an advertisement for a cornet player who can 'play First Violin Inside', suggests that one way in which the latter might be accomplished is with a 'spirit hand', but then points out the lack of spirit hands since Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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has 'left off playing "Home, Sweet Home" on the accordion' and William H H Davenport Davenport, William Henry Harrison (1841–77) WBI
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and Ira E Davenport Davenport, Ira Erastus (1839–1911) WBI
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'disclaim connection with spirits'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 240.

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Punch's Derby Prophecy

Anon

Genre:

Essay, Drollery

Subjects:

Zoology, Animal Behaviour


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Punch,  54 (1868), 241.

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Speeches by Machinery

Anon

Genre:

Essay, Drollery

Subjects:

Sound, Machinery, Amusement, Human Development


    Considers the advantages of producing after-dinner speeches by machinery, an idea that would involve using a machine-operated wax figure dressed as the chairman, who could 'mumble what might pass for a good sample of after-dinner oratory'. Suggests that famous after-dinner speakers 'go about' with mechanical replicas of themselves which might be offered for hire.



Punch,  54 (1868), 247.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Meteorology, Electricity, Politics, Government, Politics


    Notes that on the previous Friday 'a great thunderstorm came to-day' although this did not 'get rid of the Electricity in either House Houses of Parliament
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'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 248.

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Levitation by Law

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Crime

People mentioned:

Daniel D Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 251.

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The Horse Show

Anon

Genre:

Essay

Subjects:

Animal Husbandry, Animal Behaviour, Zoology, Exhibitions, Display, Nutrition, Breeding,


    The author discusses his visit to the fifth annual horse show at the Agricultural Hall, Islington Agricultural Hall, Islington
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, an experience that benefits 'the real admirer of the noble brute'. Argues that contemplating horses in this way 'must have its due effect on those heartless utilitarians' who eat horses and thereby 'degrade the horse to the level of the dinner-table'. Notes that a 'grim suggestion' of an equine version of the 'sausage machine' was on display, but hopes the day of booming markets for horse flesh are far distant. Upholds the importance of the show as a means of improving 'the quadruped himself' and displaying horses of a variety of 'shapes and sizes'. Describes and criticises some of the decisions made by the show's judges, attacks the barbarous practice of shortening horse's tails, and praises the 'behaviour of the animals in their stalls and boxes'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 251.

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The Way to Rule the Waves

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Military Technology, Steamships, War


    Thanks the Admiralty Admiralty
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for providing Britain with a fleet of ironclads which, according to The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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, can only fire their guns in the kind of weather that would not be anticipated for naval action.



Punch,  54 (1868), 252.

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Mr. Punch's Designs after Nature

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Regular Feature, Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Ornithology, Zoology, Amusement


    Shows a woman wearing a hat which comprises a large dove whose head is tucked under its body. She also wears a jacket showing the head and feathers of a dove.



Punch,  54 (1868), 252.

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What Mr. Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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Is and Has no Longer

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Crime


    'The Lyons' Lyon, Jane (fl. 1868) Jenkins 1982
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cher'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 253.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Government, Politics, Engineering, Public Health

People mentioned:

John Thwaites Thwaites, Sir John (1815–1870) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 259.

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Many-Spectacled Jack

Anon

Genre:

Poetry, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Subjects:

Instrument-makers, Light, Instruments, Physiology, Mining, Commerce, Class, Astronomy, Microscopy


    The initial letter forms part of an illustration showing the subject of the poem (the spectacle maker) holding a large sheet on which is printed 'Pity / Poor Directors'. Written from the perspective of the spectacle maker, this poem recounts the author's attempts to sell his spectacles of 'rare' quality. Reveals that his spectacles are of different colours; the yellow-hued ones makes everything appear golden, causing the wearer to mistake coal for gold and thus embark on fruitless boring in coal mines. Describes a pair of spectacles 'set in lacquer', which allow one to see the world as black, including John Bright Bright, John (1811–89) ODNB
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, and another pair 'made on a telescopic plan', which 'dwarf' everything, making 'Heaven itself just a bit of a place, / Where there's room for the one or chosen few': these are worn by learned men. He concludes with his 'specs of introspection', which he is having difficulty selling and which are put on 'at our final hour'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 260.

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A Table Fight

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Zoology, Breeding


    Notes that in a recent speech on fish breeding in rivers Francis T Buckland Buckland, Francis Trevelyan (1826–80) ODNB
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attacked millers for injuring fish by keeping dams closed.



Punch,  54 (1868), 261.

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De Lunatico

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Mental Illness, Language

People mentioned:

Forbes B Winslow Winslow, Forbes Benignus (1810–74) ODNB
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Punch,  54 (1868), 262.

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Thoughts from the Philosophers

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Philosophy, Machinery, Human Species


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Punch,  54 (1868), 263.

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Transmogrification

Anon

Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct. [3]

Subjects:

Music, Zoology, Animal Development


    The first illustration shows the representation by a 'Chinese Artist' of a piano, at which a women is seated, and near which a man (dressed in traditional Chinese costume) stands. The subsequent illustrations show the artist's impression of the piano 'as it appeared in his dreams': the piano gradually assumes the shape of a dog with its mouth being formed from the keyboard and cover.



Punch,  54 (1868), 263.

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Not for England!

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Steamships, War, Internationalism, Politics


    Responds to a telegram announcing that the Russian government wishes other countries to limit their use of projectiles to torpedoes. Punch points out that since a torpedo is not a projectile the latter will fall into disuse, and that this would enable the Russians to sail ironclads in safety.



Punch,  54 (1868), 264.

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The One Thing I Could Make

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Nationalism, Engineering, Military Technology, Steamships, War, Cultural Geography, Government, Politics

Institutions mentioned:

Admiralty Admiralty
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    Written from the perspective of Britannia, this laments the nation's dwindling status as a military power. The narrator recalls the time when she could build ships that outstripped those of 'all other people', but looks enviously 'all around' at other nations' ironclads, prompting her to question whether her ships 'excel, or fail, / For defence, or for attack, or locomotion'. Describess the deficiencies of her ships—the slow ones which 'lag', and the fast ones which 'roll so in rough weather' and cannot fire a shot. Blames this sorry situation on 'those old Bunglers at Whitehall', and urges them to 'charter COWPER COLES Coles, Cowper Phipps (1819–70) ODNB
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'—otherwise foreign ironclads will 'Beat JOHN BULL upon the sea'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 264.

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A New Invention

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Invention, Technology, Domestic Economy


    Discusses a new machine for cutting hair. Considers the advantages of this over attending barber's shops and notes that the machine will give users the appearance of 'the immortal hatter'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 265.

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Woman's Vote

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Gender, Politics


    Begins by announcing that Mr Punch, 'Ever zealous in his championship of Woman', gives 'universal publicity' to news of the establishment of the National Society for Woman's Suffrage National Society for Women's Suffrage
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, an organisation which includes Mary Somerville Somerville, Mary Fairfax Greig (1780–1872) DSB
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, Florence Nightingale Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910) ODNB
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, Barbara L S Bodichon Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith (1827–91) ODNB
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, Lyon Playfair Playfair, Sir Lyon, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews (1818–98) DSB
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, and Thomas H Huxley Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825–95) DSB
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on its general committee.



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Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This  [15/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End', Punch, 54 (1868), 276

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Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Subjects:

Education, Lecturing, Language, Wonder, Microscopy, Pollution, Spiritualism, Industry


    In this chapter, the manservant William Nutt explains how he was 'apprenticed to a lecturer at the Polytechnic Royal Polytechnic Institution
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' where he 'acquired that scientific knowledge' which made him 'extremely happy', and where he 'mastered that clear and lucid style' of explaining the 'wonders of nature' and the marvels of the microscope. Adds that he has given his employer, Grace Marchmont, a survey of all the topics covered in the Polytechnic lectures, including the creatures in the Thames water drop, spiritualism, 'glass-blowing for the tails of peacocks, and the diving-bell'. (266) Proceeds to explain his experience as an aeronaut.



Punch,  54 (1868), 271.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Government, Politics, Telegraphy, Electricity, Progress, Cultural Geography, Railways, Transport


    Describes the debate on the proposed bill to put the telegraph system into government hands. Notes that the bill was opposed by George Leeman Leeman, George (1809–82) WBI
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'for the Companies' who Punch thinks only wanted to 'extort' money from the nation. Leeman claimed that the government would be reading 'our messages' and that it was also 'averse to improvements in electrical science'. Mocks the latter claim on the basis that companies 'never introduce any improvements' and that 'our Telegrams are the worst in Europe' and are not mechanically printed as in America. Later discusses a bill that would prevent railway companies extorting money from the public.



Punch,  54 (1868), 272.

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An Amalgamated Sage Union

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Societies, Ethnology, Anthropology, Controversy, Phrenology, Geology, Palaeontology, Evolution, Human Development, Darwinism, Analogy, Boundary Formation


    A response to proposals to amalgamate the Ethnological Society Ethnological Society of London
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and the Anthropological Society Anthropological Society of London
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, and the bewildering number of 'ologies' with which they are associated. Begins by describing the differences and similarities between the societies, noting that the Anthropological Society 'contains / Believers in Phrenology' although both use 'old remains / Unearthed by new geology', both clash with 'popular theology' and 'smash / The old received chronology', and both exploit physiology and philology. Explains that their subject matter is closely 'allied' with zoology, and that it embraces '"Our poor relations", apes' as well as palaeontology. Concludes by stressing that members of the societies 'dispute / This precious genealogy' and their 'own analogy', but expects Thomas H Huxley Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825–95) DSB
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will urge the societies to unite to 'cease their alogy'.



Punch,  54 (1868), 272.

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A Bee in the Bonnett

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Genre:

Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

wdct.

Illustrators:

L S Sambourne, Edwin Linley (1844–1910) ODNB
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Spielmann, Marion Harry Alexander 1895. The History of "Punch", London: Cassell
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Subjects:

Gender, Entomology, Amusement


    Shows a woman wearing a bonnet on which sits a gargantuan (and presumably dead) bee.



Punch,  54 (1868), 273.

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Decorative Entomology

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Entomology, Gender, Amusement


    Discusses the new women's fashion for wearing coleopetera, including a range of beetles worn on the head. Anticipates that other insects might be worn.



Punch,  54 (1868), 273.

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Electrical

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Electricity, Invention, Technology, Domestic Economy, Machinery, Psychology


    Discusses a proposal to place a 'regular galvanic apparatus, and a small Rhumkorff coil' in a woman's chignon, where is would attract 'the sparks' and produce the 'requisite flutter in the body of the bird' and in the human heart.



Punch,  54 (1868), 274.

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Taking a Shot at it

Anon

Genre:

Notes, Drollery

Subjects:

Military Technology


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Punch,  54 (1868), 275.

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Punch's Essence of Parliament

Anon

Genre:

Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery

Subjects:

Government, Politics, Class, Sanitation, Narcotics, Pharmaceuticals, Professionalization, Telegraphy


    Notes that the John A Thynne (4th Marquess of Bath) Thynne, John Alexander, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831–96) ODNB
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was 'very properly added' to the Select Committee on Artizans' and Labourers' Dwellings Select Committee on Artizans' and Labourers' Dwellings
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, and hopes this will lead to baths in such dwellings. Notes that during a discussion of the 'Sale of Poisons Bill' John T F Mitford (2nd Baron Redesdale) Mitford, John Thomas Freeman, 1st Earl of Redesdale and 2nd Baron Redesdale (1805–86) ODNB
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urged that all poisons be stored in bottles of a 'peculiar shape', although other peers pointed out that this would 'be inconvenient to the chemical and druggical profession'. Later discusses Benjamin Disraeli's Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81) ODNB
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referral of the Electric Telegraphs Bill to a Select Committee Select Committee on the Electric Telegraphs Bill
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.



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Chikkin Hazard. Last Chapter. The End  [16/16]Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter VI', Punch, 54 (1868), 132–33
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter IX. A Bird in the Hand.', Punch, 54 (1868), 145–46
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital', Punch, 54 (1868), 165–66
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XVII. The Trick Act.', Punch, 54 (1868), 185–86
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX. Time Runs On', Punch, 54 (1868), 205–06
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XX.', Punch, 54 (1868), 215–16
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXII. An Old Friend', Punch, 54 (1868), 226–27
Anon, 'Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This', Punch, 54 (1868), 266–67

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Anon

Genre:

Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial

Subjects:

Ornithology, Zoology


Punch,  54 (1868), 276.

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"Les Beaux Espirts se Rencontrent" (Home Home, Daniel Dunglas (1833–86) ODNB
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to Rachel)

Anon

Genre:

Poetry

Subjects:

Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Crime


Punch,  54 (1868), 277.

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A Naval Reform Bill Wanted

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Experiment, Steamships, War, Nationalism, Cultural Geography, Government, Politics


    Begins by suggesting that the song 'Rule Britannia' will have to be changed after a report in The Times The Times (1777–1900+) Waterloo Directory
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which describes the instability (and therefore vulnerability) of British ironclads. Believes that only 'miracles' will make the ironclads 'effective against turret ones', and questions the continuing production of such unsteady and expensive ships. Supports The Times's attack on the Admiralty Admiralty
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for this sorry situation and considers that the Admiralty Board has proved to be more costly and wasteful than the useless ships it has sanctioned. Concludes by hoping that the next session of Parliament Houses of Parliament
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will witness measures reforming the Admiralty.



Punch,  54 (1868), 278.

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Far Above St. Paul's St Paul's Cathedral
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Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

Aeronautics, Amusement, Cultural Geography


Punch,  54 (1868), 278.

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The Fortification Fox Run to Earth

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary

Subjects:

Military Technology, Experiment


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