Punch,  9 (1845), 257.

Parliamentary Chemistry



Reportage, Spoof


Chemistry, Instruments, Politics, Government, Gas Chemistry

    Reports on the invention of an instrument for 'ascertaining, scientifically, the intensity of Parliamentary debates'. The instrument, consisting of a vessel of limewater, enables the conversion of the carbonic acid evolved by politicians into carbonate of lime. The latter will 'furnish a regular score against members'. Adds that since the absorption of carbonic acid purifies the air, the instrument will benefit the House of Commons.

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