A Competition Wallow
Exhibitions, Invention, Crime, Nationalism
Discusses a report in The Times of a competition recently held at the Exposition Universelle (1867), Paris, between English and American inventors of safes. The competition involved teams of 'expert' German and 'inexpert' Lancastrian men cracking the English and American safes respectively. Punch regards the report as an example of 'Competition Wallow' and warns that given the nature of the inventions, they should have been cracked in private. Concludes by condemning this display as vulgar, insisting that it exhibited 'an illustration of the World's Industry having very much the reverse of that noble and elevating character which such industry is commonly extolled for'.
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