Punch,  21 (1851), 169.

Sudden Indisposition of the French Telegraph



Essay, Drollery


Telegraphy, Accidents, Politics, Cultural Geography, Medical Practitioners

    Describes how a long spell of fog caused a 'sudden paralysis' of the arms of the French telegraph midway through the transmission of political intelligence. Speculates on what King Louis-Phillipe of France will do once conventional telegraphy is replaced by its electric counterpart, removing the excuse that it is the fog that keeps 'France in a perpetual fog'. Suggests that Louis-Phillipe will blame such events as geese snapping the telegraph wires. Calls for French physicians to observe the French telegraph.

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