A Terrible Invention
Invention, Steam-power, Music, Military Technology
Discusses an extract from a report describing how 'two English inventors' have built a locomotive that, besides the din of its steam-engine, plays a march from Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser. Believes this combination makes the steam-organ 'as infernal a machine as that invented by Fieschi' and a suitable 'engine of destruction'. Suggests that the 'invention might be turned to military use' because 'Any enemy' would run away from an engine playing this 'raucous music'.
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