Punch,  57 (1869), 13–14.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature—Proceedings, Spoof; Proceedings, Drollery


Politics, Government, Religion, Astronomy, Observation, Instruments, Animal Husbandry, Disease

    Provides a fictionalized report, in dialogue form, of the House of Lords debate on the Disestablishment of the Irish Church Bill. Reports Philip H Stanhope (5th Earl Stanhope) as arguing that the Armagh Observatory should retain its tithes, a proposal he considers 'in accord with the spirit of the Bill, as the Observatory looks after the Lunatics'. Reports that Frederick T H-T Blackwood (5th Baron Dufferin and Clandeboye) replied that the bill did not include telescopes but that the Lords would 'take care of them'. Later notes a House of Commons discussion of the 'Contagious Diseases in Animals Bill', and upholds the need for contagious animals to be kept separate from those that are not.

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