Punch,  54 (1868), 15.

A Competitor for the Plate

An Ass


Letter, Spoof


Nutrition, Animal Development, Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Spiritualism

    Written from the perspective of a donkey, the letter begins by noting that some people wonder where donkeys go when they die, and suggests that the ghosts of asses might be responsible for table-rapping. Argues that members of his species do not die but 'disappear' and asks that they be 'decently put out of sight'. Expresses a wish that donkeys should be disposed of in the same way as horses—by being 'stalled and fattened when past work', 'dispatched' by a butcher, and then eaten.

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