Punch,  57 (1869), 85.

A Dose of Quills



News-Commentary, Drollery


Exploration, Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Language

    Begins with an extract announcing the imminent publication of the 'Report of the Porcupine Expedition' (a possible reference to Carpenter 1869). Mistaking the name of the ship on this expedition, HMS Porcupine, for the animal, questions the need for an expedition in search of porcupines when there are plenty in the Zoological Society Gardens. Draws attention to one of the scientists on the expedition, William B Carpenter, who is searching 'warm and cold areas' of Stornoway. Punch questions whether porcupines are found in such warm and cold areas as kitchens.

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