Forgetfulness Cured by Smelling
Following an advertisement for a perfume that allegedly improves the memory, Punch wonders how this can be achieved. Agrees that a pinch of snuff can 'stimulate the power of recollection'. Suggests several uses of this perfume, including enabling 'the poor washerwoman' to remind herself of the 'fashionable ladies' who forget to pay her bills, reminding gentlemen of their 'small commissions or necessary purchases', and reminding candidates at a Civil Service examination of the 'cram which they had forgotten'.
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