Punch,  28 (1855), 221.

Medals for the Millions—The Cloud of Bees





Nationalism, Engineers, Engineering, Heroism

    Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of decorating the 'millions' with 'an Order of our own': the 'Cloud of Bees'. Explains that 'the bees, even in the Garden of Eden, were shop-keepers, and would prettily enough represent the counter-industry and counter-sympathies of the English'. Points out that since 'genius cannot—like medals—be struck at the Mint', then 'Men's own works are their best Orders'. Asserts that the Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits, stands as the medal for Robert Stephenson.

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