Punch,  39 (1860), 31–32.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Reportage, Drollery


Government, Chemistry, Narcotics, Medical Treatment, Astronomy, Mental Illness, Light, Manufactories, Commerce

    Likens the way in which William E Gladstone used the duty on paper to raise revenue to a chemist who extracts 'medicines from poisonous herbs' (31). Referring to the recent solar eclipse, claims that the moon passed a resolution that 'the Sun was unworthy of the confidence of the Earth' and so placed herself between these two celestial bodies. As the eclipse was only partial, reports on the moon's decision to move out of the way of the sun. Notes that this event prompted discussion of the bill for dealing with gas manufacturers who overcharge. (32)

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