Punch,  31 (1856), 143.

Humbug in High Life



News-Commentary, Drollery


Astrology, Charlatanry, Superstition, Class, Progress

    Discusses an advertisement headed 'Prognostic Astronomy' in which E Procter, of '2, Waterloo Road', offers predictions and boasts that he correctly predicted the fate of Emperor Napoleon III. Surprised to find the advertisement in a periodical read by the 'superior' classes—the Morning Post. Believes there is 'enough folly and credulity in the world of fashion to supply an astrological impostor with a remunerative number of dupes', and insists that the appearance of the advertisement in this publication shows 'Superstition in the Nineteenth Century', which is 'exemplified by rustics consulting witches'.

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