Punch,  16 (1849), 15.

A Wire-Drawn Message



News-Commentary, Drollery


Telegraphy, Government, Politics, Anaesthesia, Magic

    Impressed by the feat of the electric telegraph transmitting the 'President's Message' from 'one corner of America to the other', an accomplishment that took some thirty-six hours to complete. However, thinks that a far better test of the telegraph's powers would be to submit the invention to the ordeal of Thomas C Anstey's notoriously long speeches, an ordeal which will require the telegraph to take 'ether or chloroform, together with the magical aid of Robert Houdin'.

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