Punch,  55 (1868), 129.

Dogberry and the Dogs

No Main-iac


Letter, Spoof


Animal Behaviour, Crime, Disease

    Written by an author whose name pokes fun at the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Richard Mayne, this letter describes the case of a policeman who was bitten by a dog while attempting to carry out Mayne's order to muzzle dogs. Proceeds to note a letter written to The Times by Holmes Coote, a St Bartholomew's Hospital surgeon, who considers hydrophobia to be a rare disease. Considers this claim reassuring given the number of policemen who must now be being bitten by vagrant dogs, but still urges Mayne to allow policemen to leave dogs alone and thus avoid risk of hydrophobia.

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