How to Roll Your Roads
Transport, Engineering, Steam-power, Politics, Cruelty
Discusses Frederick A Paget's argument that using steam-rollers on roads would halve the costs of breaking stones. Punch points out that this would also save on 'broken [carriage] springs, and battered wheels, and injured horses' feet, and jolted bones, and shaken nerves'. Warns that vestrymen would only listen to the economic argument in favour of steam-rollers, since appealing to their feelings would be useless. Points out that vestrymen would only 'listen to the voice of reason' were they to be indicted for cruelty to animals caused by stones on roads.
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