Punch,  38 (1860), 134–35.

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    Reporting on a House of Lords debate on the government's proposal to reform the Army purchase system, criticises the argument of George C Bingham (3rd Earl of Lucan) against making army officers more 'scientific' like their foreign counterparts. Urges that 'it is precisely the scientific fellows', rather than the 'gloriously brave and loyal Lucans, that we want, as our officers and men are much too precious articles to be wasted in obedience to the orders of unscientific parties'. (135)

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