Punch,  61 (1871), 129.

Alpes Subactae. The Mont Cenis Tunnel, Begun September, 1857, Opened September 1871.





Engineering, Engineers, Railways, Heroism, Progress, Internationalism

    Describes the political implications of the completion of the Mont Cenis Tunnel under the Alps. Notes that the Alps presented a formidable barrier to military commanders and their armies, but that the 'bitter brattle, / Of Alp and Engineer' was finally won by the latter who laid a railway line through the tunnel. Concludes by discussing whether the 'iron tether' now laid between nations will bring 'Labour, Peace, and Progress' and tie 'Men's races, toils and minds'.

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