Punch,  37 (1859), 165.

Gross Ill Treatment of a Great Public Benefactor



News-Commentary, Drollery


Human Development, Sociology, Agriculture, Horticulture

    Criticises William P Wood's attack, at the Social Science Association, on the case of a testator who resolved to give part of his estate to 'the fifteen prettiest young women in the parish'. Upholding the benefits of encouraging 'the growth of pretty girls', points out that agricultural, 'poultrycultural', and horticultural societies are 'going just the same way', in that they offer prizes and medals encouraging 'the thing to be rewarded, whether it be flavour or monstrosity in fruit and vegetables, ugliness in rabbits, songs and colour in canary birds, or pinguitude in beasts of the field'.

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