Punch,  52 (1867), 255.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Government, Politics, Military Technology, Steamships, Commerce, Vaccination, Medical Treatment, Death, Quackery

    Notes a 'thundering debate on the Great Ordnance' in which Henry J Baillie announced that the 'Armstrong gun was chosen for jobbing reasons' and was a failure, before denouncing other guns. Punch wonders 'where the truth lies' in this debate. Notes the progress of the 'Compulsory Vaccination Bill' through 'Committee', and Robert Montagu's startling claim that the number of deaths from small-pox has risen from '4,000 to between 6 and 7,000 a year'. Insists that this justifies Punch's attack on those 'Quacks' who rail against 'the semi-miraculous preventive'

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