Punch,  31 (1856), 113.

On the Sea-Side Properties of Salt



Reportage, Spoof


Chemistry, Lecturing, Medical Treatment, Gender, Physiology, Health, Morality

    A spoof report on Professor Snuffin's lecture concerning the 'peculiar properties of salt as developed morally and physically in lady-visitors generally to all marine abiding places'. The professor explained that saline solution entering a woman confers 'upon the female system, a hardness and rigidity of fibre, moral, and physical' that is not otherwise observed. Remarks that this phenomenon explains why women sit 'inconveniently near to the waters in the swimming time of the day'.

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