Punch,  30 (1856), 88.

Barnum at Niagara



News-Commentary, Drollery


Invention, Amusement, Race, Radicalism

    Reports on Phineas T Barnum's invention of a gutta-percha machine enabling a safe descent of the Niagara Falls. Responding to a proposal to test the machine with a dog then with 'a Nigger or an Irishman', suggests choosing 'the patriotic John Mitchell' as the subject.

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