A Street-Study in the Neighbourhood of the Horse-Guards
War, Government, Sanitation, Charlatanry, Quackery, Politics
Includes the character 'Foxey', a reference to the Minister for War, Fox Maule (2nd Baron Panmure), who is described as a 'Proprietor of the "Grand Commission Detergent", or "Universal Military Restorative"'. The latter alludes to Panmure's attempt to reform the Army. Foxey distinguishes his 'Restorative' from 'your two-penny-half-penny catch-penny compositions of rouge, plate-power, salts-o'-lemons, soft-sawder, and rotten stone', and demonstrates the cleaning power of his detergent on the ink-stained coat of 'Dick', an 'Airey-sneak'. This is a reference to Richard Airey, the Quartermaster General to the Army in the Crimea, whose reputation had been stained following accusations of inefficiency. Later in the scene, Foxey demonstrates the power of his detergent on other characters.
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