Punch,  41 (1861), 179.

Papal Peepshows



News-Commentary, Drollery


Religion, Disease, Nutrition, Geology, Controversy

    Discussing the religious relics that Englishmen can observe during visits abroad, imagines a speech made to 'sight-seers' by a 'fat priest' who shows his audience a 'tooth of Saint Ticdouloureux, who fell a martyr (to neuralgia) A.D. 1466' and whose teeth were apparently extracted under torture. Continuing this portrait of the priest, imagines that he points to the habitation of Saint Earwiggus, whose century-long 'subsistence upon sea-weed and raw shrimps' has 'caused a great sensation to the savants of geology', and has prompted some of its 'heretics' to deny that shrimps or seaweed could exist so high above sea-level.

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