Punch,  43 (1862), 120.

Minstrels Paid Off



News-Commentary, Drollery


Music, Scientific Practitioners

    Responds to a report of some military officers on the island of Gozo who threw hot copper coins to a crowd of boys. Noting Charles Babbage's notoriety as a scourge of 'dirty Italian organ-grinders', suggests that Babbage adopt this 'expedient to rid himself' of the organ grinders, whom Punch thinks are very different from the 'inoffensive children' in the reported case.

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