Punch,  38 (1860), 197.

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    Invites Charles Babbage to 'ask his calculating machine' to work out whether the hurdy-gurdy, 'an instrument of torture inflicted on Europe by Savoy', will make more noise, 'now that Louis Napoleon, by his recent little turn of annexation, has converted it into a French organ'. This is a reference to Napoleon's recent annexation of the Italian states of Savoy and Nice for France.

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