Punch,  3 (1842), 64.

The Wharncliffe Ear-Plug



Reportage, Spoof


Invention, Government, Political Economy, Sound

    Reports that James A Stuart-Wortley (1st Baron Wharncliffe) 'begs to inform cabinet ministers, poor-law guardians, and others, who are subject to the importunities of distressed manufacturers, hungry paupers, or poor relations' that he's become the proprietor and vendor of an ear-plug that allows the wearer to 'hear or understand only as much as he pleases'.

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