Punch,  7 (1844), 95.

The Ioways—"The Lost Tribe"—And Young England



News-Commentary, Drollery


Anthropology, Ethnology, Race, Exhibitions, Politics, Human Development, Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Class

    Reports on an 'agreeable incident' that 'powerfully supports' George Jones's theory (articulated in Jones 1843) 'that the Red Men [of the Americas] are no other than the descendants of the lost tribe of Israel'. Adds that 'Young England—it is proved by Young Ben—is also a section of the wandered race'. Describes how the Ioway Indians, then being exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, visited the Grosvenor Gate residence of the spirit of 'Young England', Benjamin Disraeli. Insists that the real object of the visit was 'to fraternise, as the remnant of the tribe of Israel, with Young England', and to admit Disraeli and other 'illustrious spirits of the regenerating party, as brothers of the tribe'. Notes how a 'suitable oration' was delivered by 'the Medicine Man, how excited the Indians became on seeing the ball-cock in Disraeli's kitchen, and how the 'Medicine Man' 'cured most of his patients' by immersing them in the cold water in Disraeli's kitchen. Concludes by reminding Disraeli that 'there are thousands of darkened souls in London, equally ignorant of that Paradise, Grosevnor-Gate, as his guests the Red Indians'.

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