Punch,  60 (1871), 103.

Animal Philanthropy



News-Commentary, Drollery


Darwinism, Evolution, Descent, Animal Behaviour

    Responds to news that the Charity Organization Society has received a donation of £100 from 'two dormice'. Remarks that if the report is true then Charles R Darwin, 'who knows so much of the manners and customs' of the 'inferior creatures', can learn something new. Adds that Darwin could have used this report to show that man developed from 'liberal, generous-hearted' dormouse protoplasm. The author prefers the notion of being descended from a dormouse than from a zoophyte.

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