Punch,  39 (1860), 141.

Spiritual Hat-Moving



News-Commentary, Drollery


Spiritualism, Cultural Geography, Periodicals

    Notes the 'silly' stories about the 'Davenport boys' (a reference to the brothers William H H Davenport and Ira E Davenport, who were both mediums) 'copied' from 'the Yankee organ of Spiritualism', the Herald of Progress, by the Spiritual Magazine. Proceeds to discuss the 'Hat-moving' phenomenon—the request for subscriptions—exhibited by the latter periodical. Denies wishing to damage the 'pecuniary interests' of the Spiritual Magazine, and argues that, if quoting the journal's request for subscriptions adds to its circulation, Punch will have 'rendered a small service to struggling writers of fiction'.

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