Punch,  11 (1846), 180.

A Deep Design



News-Commentary, Drollery


Telegraphy, Invention, Gender

    Responds to news that electric telegraphs are to be laid under London's streets. Presumes that an 'undertone' will be used on such an invention, but is concerned about the effect of the 'whole population' wanting to 'talk' at once via the telegraph, and the arrangements for preventing messages going to the wrong people. Thinks 'no female' should be 'allowed to monopolise the use of the subterranean tongue for longer than ten minutes'.

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