Punch,  37 (1859), 61.

"Go into a Back Room"



Reportage, Spoof


Mathematics, Machinery, Invention

    Taking its title from a magistrate's speech to Charles Babbage, this article claims that the latter's calculating engine 'has at last proved a failure' because it could not register the thickness of the skull of the magistrate who refused to fulfil Babbage's wish to remove the street musicians who had been plaguing him.

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