Punch,  53 (1867), 130.

A Terrible Invention

Anon

Genre:

News-Commentary, Drollery

Subjects:

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 Tannh√§user. 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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