Punch, 23 (1852), 237.
The Earth-Quake Explained
J T, pseud. [John Tenniel] *
Geology, Telegraphy, Vulcanology
Discusses the Limerick Chronicle's report that 'Scientific men' have linked a recent earthquake to the electric telegraph. Concludes that such a claim threatens the future of 'a system of communication so dangerous to the tranquillity of the earth'. Adds that the discontinuation of telegraph lines will please vendors of railway tickets. The illustration shows 'some tottering Trotty Veck [an allusion to the impoverished messenger in Charles Dickens's The Chimes] contemplating' telegraph lines.
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