At the turn of the century, not the last one, but the "turn of the century" historians like to bandy about , there was a popular
kind of publication called a "Miscellany." Miscellanies were hardbound collections of articles on the then popular spiritualist movement , odd science and inventions and moral instruction. Usually sponsored by baking supply companies or patent medicines, These quarterly publications were often deemed a disreputable and unwholesome influence on society.
In light of this , Frank Key handily wins the day with Hooting Yard
Mining the fake past for oddness ,and turning it into semi regular narrative is a daunting task, but is abley handled , producing something not unlike "Godey's Ladies Book" on mescaline.
A triumph of quaintness that should be read by right thinking people and the clergy on a need to know basis