Punch,  14 (1848), 209.

Astral Literature



Essay, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Astronomy, Periodicals, Observatories

    Suggests the possible contents of a new American newspaper, the Sidereal Messenger. Suggestions include a column 'inviting some missing star to return to his circle of disconsolate satellites', and announcements that Saturn 'will go through his celebrated scenes in the circle [ring system]', and that new milk can be bought from the Milky Way. Doubts whether the paper will be able to fill its pages or appeal to anybody but those 'thoroughly wrapped up in a comet's tail'. The illustrations depict the likely 'observatory' offices of the newspaper, perched on a church steeple.

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