Punch,  16 (1849), 214.

The Political Touchstone



Essay, Drollery


Instruments, Invention, Government

    Proposes an apparatus for gauging 'the real sense of the country' on major political questions. Claims that the apparatus 'will act more cleverly than the aneroid barometer' but it turns out to be a simple ballot box into which people would put pieces of paper bearing their opinions and enclosing a farthing. The latter arrangement is supposed to convey the sincerity of the user.

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