Punch,  28 (1855), 107–08.

'Under Consideration': A Tragi-Comedy in Three Acts



Drama, Spoof


Invention, Government, Engineers, Military Technology, Steam-power, Electricity

    The first act opens in a waiting room of a 'Public Office' near Whitehall in which sit several people including a 'Man with a Grievance', who is still waiting for 'compensation or parliamentary enquiry', and 'a Monomaniacal Inventor, with a universally unacknowledged substitute for the steam engine', who hopes Mr Buffer will listen to his claims for a 'galvanic propeller'. Later a 'Gaunt Stranger' from America appears and seeks to offer to 'the old Country' his 'American Breech-loading Carbine', which he proceeds to explain in great detail. (107)

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