Punch,  41 (1861), 55.

'Un Sujet Noir'



News-Commentary, Drollery


Invention, Public Health, Pollution, Race, Cultural Geography, War

    Noting that Mr Cooke's (possibly William F Cooke) new 'system of ventilation', promises to exclude 'those enemies to ventilation, the blacks', recommends the invention 'for universal use in America' where it would ventilate the question of slavery and the troubles between the northern and southern states. Suggests that those 'espousing the cause of "the blacks"' have also had trouble with 'ventilation', since they have been lynched. Anticipates that Cooke's invention will also help that 'large class of persons' who cannot talk about slavery without 'getting black in their face'.

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