Punch,  48 (1865), 160.

A Compulsory Fast-Day



News-Commentary, Drollery


Religious Authority, Religion, Railways, Amusement, Class, Commerce

    Discusses the presentation of an address by Anglican clergymen to the directors of the South Eastern Railway Company and the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company to stop excursion trains on Good Fridays. Points out that these directors are mainly dissenters who do not share the 'superstitious observance' of Good Friday. Explains that the directors would say, if they replied to the clergymen, that 'people are not driven into Church, by being shut out of the Crystal Palace, or debarred of Excursion Trains', and might end up in public houses. Asks for these clergymen to confine their religious bans to Canterbury.

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