Punch,  40 (1861), 191.

The Teutonic Serenaders



News-Commentary, Drollery


Music, Instruments, Pollution, Crime

    Discusses Charles Babbage's summoning of four German street musicians to Marylebone Police Court for creating a disturbance. Notes that the counsel for the musicians urged Babbage to stop his legal action because street musicians will continue regardless, but doubts the lawyer's claim that street musicians could 'create a continual disturbance' under Babbage's window 'with impunity'. Concludes by noting that, having been fined, the defendants were 'locked up in default' by the magistrate Mr Mansfield, and argues that this will be a warning to musicians not to annoy Babbage.

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