Astronomical Information. From Punch's Almanack for 1897. Mercury
Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery
Astronomy, Exploration, Military Technology, Futurism, Geology, Extra-Terrestrial Life
Describes how in 1882, a 'Mr Acta Airy, son of George B Airy, travelled to Mercury in a shell discharged from an Armstrong gun, and found that the planet is not 'exceedingly hot' as expected, but is a 'lump of green ice', which escapes solar rays and is inhabited by owls who speak 'a language reminiscent of Welsh'.
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