Punch,  61 (1871), 114.

The Strikes and the Stars



News-Commentary, Drollery


Astrology, Engineers, Class, Mental Illness

    Believes that there might be 'some truth in astrology after all'. Responding to striking engineers at the Park End Company, Forest of Dean, and the threatened strike by Newcastle policemen, wonders whether a 'planetary stroke' is the cause of workers' strikes since no visible cause can account for them. Thinks the working classes can now be called the 'Striking Classes'. Ends by implying that strikers are lunatics because the only star under which they can be conceived to strike so wildly is the 'moist star upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands'.

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