Punch,  42 (1862), 216.

The May Meeting in Rome



News-Commentary, Drollery


Religious Authority, Military Technology

    Responding to news of the large number of bishops and cardinals in Rome, plays on the double-entendre of the word canon, suggesting that 120 'great guns of the Church' are necessary for the 'canonisation of martyrs', a procedure of the 'ecclesiastical artillery' which it considers as expensive as 'a cannonade ought to be, even though the ordnance should consist of the biggest Armstrong guns'.

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