Chastisement by Machinery
Animal Magnetism, Invention, Machinery, Crime
Recognises that animal magnetism is 'still in its infancy' but thinks it will develop to the point where mesmerists will be able to 'place any number of criminals convicted of robbery with violence en rapport with each other; so that one flogging will do for them all'. Proposes the invention of a 'whipping-engine or thrashing-machine, wherewith garotters could be steam-flogged'. Believes that had our ancestors possessed 'modern mechanical knowledge and resources' they would have invented a steam-powered machine for flogging, branding, and shaving rogues.
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