Punch,  50 (1866), 2.

Stones Crushed by Machinery





Engineering, Transport, Cultural Geography, Government, Commerce

    Discusses an extract from a report in Galignani's Messenger describing a 'powerful steam-roller' used to crush macadam on Parisian roads. Believes that the British system of self-government (as opposed to the French system of centralisation) does not produce the public revenue needed to pay for a similar machine in Britain, and that horses' hooves and carriage wheels crush road stones instead. Suggests that owners of horses and vehicles should 'tax themselves for the termination of a state of our roads'.

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