Punch,  47 (1864), 52–53.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Railways, Medical Practitioners, Imperialism, Sanitation, Engineering, Politics, Government, Accidents, Transport

    Notes the royal assent given to 'several tons of Railway Bills' and the rejection of a bill for 'sending out raw and half-taught medical officers to India' (52). Later notes a new act for 'making Advances for Public Works in the Manufacturing Districts', and reminds readers of the benefits of being away from London during the construction of John Thwaites's 'Sewer barricades' and other public works. Also notes the 'Act for making it easier to make Railways', which Punch thinks 'will make them cheaper to make' but warns that unless directors improve the communication facilities between passengers and guards, then accidents will happen and 'it is to be hoped that juries will give thundering damages'. (53)

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