Punch,  16 (1849), 76.

The Californian Balloon Railway



Illustration, Drollery; Essay, Drollery

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N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Railways, Aeronautics, Charlatanry, Engineering, Commerce

    Discusses J Browne's request for English and American investors in his scheme to build a balloon railway across America. Considers Browne's style so inflated that he should have no problem supplying the 'bags of wind' for his invention. Suggests that a better scheme would be to use birds, notably the eagle, to carry people. The illustration shows a gold-digger riding an eagle heading for California.

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