Punch,  40 (1861), [xi].

Astronomical Information. From Punch's Almanack for 3861. Astrology



Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery


Astronomy, Railways, Astrology, Quackery, Charlatanry

    Announces the opening of the 'Great Northern Hemispherical Railway' between 'all the principal fixed stars', a move enabling travellers to visit their natal stars without the help of 'ignorant quacks not much better than the Raphaels and Zadkiels whom Punch extirpated in the nineteenth century'. Goes on to describe other features of the stellar railway, including the use of astronomers to give information and the deployment of spectacles to 'keep star-dust out of the eyes'.

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