Punch,  11 (1846), 149.

Travels of a Meteor



Reportage, Spoof


Astronomy, Observation, Superstition

    Offers a set of observations of a recent meteor to the astronomical correspondent of the Morning Herald, who desires such information, possibly to support a 'celestial theory'. The reports are absurdly crude and illustrate witnesses' confusion about the comet and other bright objects in the sky. For example, 'Cabman, Jim Downy [...] saw somfin blueish, then reddish, up in the 'eavens, but thought it vas the fireworks at Wauxhall [Vauxhall] [...]. They cum out of the chimbley of the Helephant and Castle, and vent he doesn't know where'.

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