Punch,  48 (1865), 242.

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    Reports on the second reading of the 'Roach Fishery Bill', whose protective powers puzzle Punch. Later notes Thomas Milner-Gibson's 'tribute to the talents and valuable services of the late Admiral Fitzroy' and his statement that the 'system of observations, and telegrams, and signals' would be continued. Reports on Frederick Peel's announcement that 'the expense of Photozincographing the Domesday Book would be repaid by the ready sale of the fac-simile', and notes the reading of the Greenwich Hospital Bill. (242) Finally, notes that the 'hideous' recent railway accidents have raised the problem of communication between guards and passengers, and after Spencer H Walpole's praise for the new treasures in the British Museum, wonders when 'Professor Noah Owen' will be 'enabled to conduct his birds and beasts out of the Bloomsbury ark'. (243)

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