Punch,  26 (1854), 208.

National Defences of Russia



News-Commentary, Drollery


Military Technology, War, Technology, Electricity, Electrochemistry, Heat

    Describes a new weapon invented by Russia to defeat the British fleet in the River Neva. It consists of two charcoal electrodes, separated by a distance larger than the width of a ship which, when connected to a massive galvanic battery, produces an intensely hot and bright spark. Notes that any vessel sailing between the electrodes will be destroyed. Adds that 'Professor Hocus has also submitted to the Emperor a plan for poisoning the British Public by poisoning the East wind'.

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