Neptune to the Mermaids.
Title:Neptune to the Mermaids (from Punch)
Date:August 3rd 1865
This Punch poem celebrates the laying of a new transatlantic cable in 1865 which was an improvement on previous attempts, notably in 1858. Although it is couched in slightly comic mythical terms, one can see from the poem that there was a general feeling that increases communication would lead to greater chances of peace and prosperity in the future. This poem comes just a few months after peace in the American Civil War, and during a time of conscientious rebuilding of the world economy. – SR>