Punch,  48 (1865), 108, 111.

The Torture of the Telegraph



Drama, Drollery


Telegraphy, Invention, Politics

    Begins with an extract from one of the 'London Papers' announcing the completion of a telegraph from Karachi, via Constantinople, to London. Proceeds to a drama in which Charles Wood, the Secretary of State for India, grows so irritated by the incessant telegrams sent to his office, most of which concern exceedingly trivial matters, that he wishes that the 'infernal telegraph [...] would snap', that 'somebody would cut it' or the 'Turks would steal it'. (108)

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