Punch,  47 (1864), 238.

A Fair Challenge



News-Commentary, Drollery


Spiritualism, Imposture, Crime, Supernaturalism, Miracle, Proof

    Reports that in a recent book, William H H Davenport and Ira E Davenport, reveal that they were imprisoned by 'magistrates of Oswego' as 'unlicensed jugglers'. Toasts the health of Oswego and then describes how 'angels' helped the brothers escape from their cell. Since the brothers presented this as a 'challenge to unbelievers' in their 'preternatural powers', Punch suggests that a 'crucial test' of their powers would be to 'commit them to prison' and see whether 'an angel delivers them five minutes before the time that their sentence expires'.

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