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conceive; nor where the critics are to come from who are both competent and willing to sit in judgment on the labours of their brethren, and make merry with their errors in a work of professed buffoonery. No doubt there is folly enough in the world in all directions, but we are not aware that wit and humour are equally abundant or that a sufficient supply of them may be looked for in the very quarters where they are least in character. With the entire range of society to draw upon, Punch has stood for years without a single competitor of its own rank, and, though supported by professed wits and humorists, is not always able to come up to the mark.
But the present work is clearly not to be one in which, under a veil of pleasant and harmless humour, important truths are to be enforced or scientific follies smiled away. Even in its prospectus it holds out a threat which shows that its aim is not simply to laugh at follies as they may arise, but that it has already marked out specific individuals who are to be presented in an aspect little expected by themselves. Language of this kind clearly bodes a scientific Satirist, not a scientific Punch ; and a scientific Satirist will not be long in purchasing its experience.
To suppose that men really entitled to criticise will lend themselves to a project like this is utterly ridiculous. It is one thing to indulge in incidental playfulness; there may, too, be occasions in which even caustic wit becomes appropriate; but all this is something widely different from entering an arena of habitual buffoonery, an arena in which the very brightest names in science may constantly be at the mercy of juvenile impertinence and incompetence.
Public rumour points to this work as another of the strange projects set on foot by leading members of the Anthropological Society, and meant to forward the objects of the Society ; but surely no scientific body in this country would stoop so low as to give any countenance, direct or indirect, to a project of this kind. If, with a long list of members, with a Quarterly Revier, a Quarterly Journal of Proceedings, and the other facilities offered by its various publications--if, with all these resources, the Anthropological Society cannot maintain its position without the aid of a work in which its opponents may be anonymously lashed from month to month without itself incurring responsibility, then we say that the Anthropological Society must be a poor thing indeed, with all its pretensions. We trust its officers will be able indignantly to repudiate the charge which rumour has, in this case, brought against the Society, and we are much surprised that this has not been done already.
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