Punch,  11 (1846), 118.

Tremendous Potato Discovery





Agriculture, Religion, Disease, Religion, Morality, Sanitation

    Aggrieved to learn that, despite a costly 'scientific commission to discover the true causes of the potato evil', the disease lies in the heart of man—the granting of money to the impoverished Roman Catholic seminary, Maynooth College. Adds that 'scientific men—with the blindness of all speculative wisdom (whence the blink-eyed owl is the pet bird of Miss Minerva)—prescribed lime and alum washing, and in an unknown tongue preached fifty impossible remedies to the wondering peasant', whereas 'the repeal of the Maynooth Grant would have stayed the disease at once'.

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