Punch,  26 (1854), 12–13.

The Domestic Reformer; or, How Mr Paterfamilias Made Home Happy  [2/9]



Serial, Drama, Drollery


Domestic Economy, Pollution, Health,

    Includes stage directions describing the 'Ventilating Apparatus' that Mr Paterfamilias has installed in his house by 'the distinguished practical and consulting chemist, Mr. Bellows'. However, 'colds are prevalent' in his family, despite the 'triumph' of 'scientific principles of ventilation'. The drama consists of Mr Paterfamilias's attempts to give scientific justification for his now cold and draughty house, from which his family's health has suffered. Later, Mr Paterfamilias discovers that his scientifically-minded son, Newton, has damaged the apparatus, causing it to blow poisonous gas and smoke into the house. (12)

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