Punch,  27 (1854), 237.

German Tinder



Poetry, Drollery


Botany, Military Technology, War

    Describes the properties of 'a certain sort of Fungus' popularly known as 'German Tinder' which catches fire so easily 'that 'twas used to strike a light, / Ere the time of Congreve matches'. Wishes 'another German thing / Were as quick of inflammation', because then the German nation could be fired up to join the British against the Russians.

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