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THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. .SEPTEMBER 1898.
EATING IX GERMANY.
THE SARCASMS OF A VICTIM WHO
SURVIVED ITS CHARMS.
Ho Kick All tbe Way Don tbe BUI of
Fare mad Is Particularly Irritated Orn
a Dbb of Powdered Horse Badlsh Served
With Frozen Whipped Cream.
When you have examined the con
stitution of tho German cuisine, you
are tempted to prow loquacious. You
are conscious of having discovered that
the psychology of a nation cannot be
constructed upon a mere analysis of its
made dishes. Your estimate of Brillat
Savarin sinks. Ho could not tell you
what yen ire, even from all the menus
f your lifetime. Freiligrath'a philo
eci hic conclusion that "man is what
ho eats" you straightway qualify as
true only when referring to cannibal
ism. And you wil.' arer that only in
the case of paleolitnic man can you
construct a man from the crumbs that
foil frcm bis dinner table. And this
you will want to prove, and cv.iso
quently will prow talkative with pre
senting of much evidence.
And yet, ia yonr Kane moments, you
will have a eneaking affection for the
statement that a German is a German
riecauso ho cats what he rats. As a gcu
era! rul he may bo said to cat five
times a day. But his hungr is con
stautly beiug stilled.
Ho starts early in tho day with a cup
cf cafe au lait and a small buttered
roll. This keepa him gr.ing till 11
o'clock, when ho demJi.-hcs a idico of
buttered rye bread" spread with flices
of hard boiled egg, raw chopped boef or
cneese. inis lie washes clown witli a
glass of alo, thus s tilling his inner man
till dinner time. Dinner takes place to
ward 1 o clock ami consists of soap
(generally nournbinf!), a plate cf meat,
with potatoes and fruic (cranberries,
prunes or apricots), occasioually cheese.
seldom sweets, rarely a preen vegetable.
Thrco honrs later coffee is taken,
served with a pieeo of cake or tLick
tread and butter. This is the hour pre
cious t'j tbo pot-sip and tlio busylody.
the timo for si-iiiidrug scandal. Toward
8 o clock tho ajipetito again asserts
itself. The hour of the ubiqnitcus pan
euuts has arrived. Their name is lepion,
ami they share tho honors with slices
of bain, smoked ernxo breast, pieces of
raw pickled herring, and i'i summer
hard boiled eggs and potato salad.
Such is the German method of spread
ing thu meals over too clay. Ul course
thero uro exceptions. Many families
have two nmplo meals a d:iv, but the
bulk of tho population wits mostly but
tered bread and snacks. In justice to
Geniiaiiy ono must fay that the fare in
many a homo will compare favorably
with that of many .in American family
In tho German restaurant the cuisine
is on the whole monotonous and the
food sinpularly insipid. Ailments seem
to have too Kiiao flavor, all are served
with tho same heavy, viscous sauces,
and invariably csc.ortud with tho tamo
soapliko potatoes. Stodgincss and heavi
ness are tho great blots on tho German
fare. Tho element f variety, too, seems
In the oiucrcto tho subject is almost
too painful to face, tho difiiculty beinfj
to steer clear of exclamations denoting
positive offeiiMvenrM. Some of tho
kickshaws which figure regularly upon
tho German table aro reputed to b most
entraining. They citaiuly aro intense
ly and ostentatiously wonder inspiring.
One preparation is everywhere met
with under tho name (more or less pho
netically stalled) of beefsteak a la tar
tare. Its basis is raw choptied beef;
this, spread out into a pat cf elliptical
shape, is crowned with tho raw yolk of
an ess, raw finely chopped onion is
sprinkled over it, n garniture of gher
kins is added, uiul tho whole is eaten
with much gusto and no worse coase
ouences than a durable thirst.
In many of the dishes you discover
all tho humor, feeling and imagination
of a Wagnerian composition. You find
tho resolute desire to build up harmony
upon discoid. Of this nature may bo
considered tho traditional menu of New
Year's eve, carp, pancake und punch.
These three, brought into immediate
juxtaposition aud consumed in plethoric
quantities, generally havo the desired
effect that of inducing a hysterical
For stodginess nothing beats the fa
vorito dish, panache. It consists of
pickled rrk, sour cabbage and a puree
of split peas boiled down to the con
sistency of stiff dough. Experiments on
this mass produce deplorable capers and
cause one to grunt mournfully. A va
riety cf this diet is found in Berlin.
- You substitute boiled balls of dough
and indifferent prunes for the peas and
cabbage, and you have the dish popu
larly termed "tho Milesian kingdom of
heaven." Cold eels, imlcdded in a
translucid, glutinous substance, figure
in all workmen's taverns, while roast
goose is do rigueur for all solemnities.
A dainty which wo have recently
met with ia Berlin recalled Darwin's
remark that "nardly any experiment is
so absurd as not to bo worth trying."
It consisted of finely powdered horse
radish served up with frozen whipped
One may sum up one's judgment by
saying of German cooking what the art
critio said of nature, "It has infinite
potentialities." Not the least of these
is its ambition to discover victims that
survive its charun only in tho form
that the walls of Jericho survived the
trumpet blast of Joshua. Lippincott's
Protected Carrier Pigeon.
Carrier pigeons in China are protect
ed from birds of prey by a little appa
ratus consisting of tbin bambm tubes
fastened to the birds' bodies with Unread
passed beneath the wings. As the pigeon
Xlies along the action of the air through
the tubes produces a shrill whistling
sound, which keeps birds of prey at a
A JOKE ON THE TEAMSTER.
Bo Roagbty Ordered General Sherman to
Brash His Males.
A 23od story is told of one of General
Sherman "fcllissouri teamsters. He had
just joined tho service, a raw recruit,
and was assigned the task of driving a
six mule team. -When the army halted
for the first night, ho was wearily un
harnessing his team.
"Hello there," said the wag of tho
company ia passing. "What do you
mean by taking care cf those mules
yourself? Why don't you have the
hostler do it?"
"Why, I thought every man had to
take care of his own team, " said tho
"You Let he doesn't. We've got a
hostler for tl.t. There's his tcr.t right
over there. He's a lazy, contrary old
cuss, and ho may not want to do it, but
yon swear at him and he'll move off at
TbtV Jlihsourian strode over to the
tent indicated, which happened to be
General Sherman's headquarters.
"Here, you sou of a gun," ho roared
fiercelv. "get out of here and brush
those mules. "
Needless to say, the teamster spen
the evening ia the guardhouse.
A pious old Indiana farmer was as
signed to the duty of teaming, probably
by mistake. Tho roads wero muddy,
and the rest cf the teamsters were lit
tralJv bombarding their charges with
oaths. It wasiagaiuat tho old man
tirinciob s to swear, and he held -his
ixrace. albeit in impotent raga At last
ouo of the hind mules balked and re
fused to advance a step. Ihe old man
used everv endeavor to or go the beas
along, but to no ptirposH. At last he
roared in a loud and rlcirn '-o:co
"Oh, Lord, you know where this mule
onht to be as well as anybody. Thi
wh'de army knows where ho ought to
be this minute. Ho kuows where he
ouht to le. I know whecp ho ought to
be. oh. Lord, and if he doesn't niovo in
a minute I intend to say so, by gum.
GLADSTONE AS A CHEMIST
An Incident In tho Grind Old Stan's Ca
rerr In tlie t'tnnnioofl
If Jlr. Gladstone seldom indulged in
sarcasm, it was nrt becansa ho lacked
the gift lor ho possessed it in a high
degree but because he furlxire to use
it. To hurt an opjiouent's feelings gave
him pain i-.nil wLeu ho did it umu-n
tionally l:t; would sometimes cross tho
floor of tho house, aud, sitting for n few
moments by tho sido of tho man whom
ho had just demolished, say something
to assuago tho wound. Ouo of his most
persistent, but never ill natured, critics
was tho late Sir John Pops Ilennessy,
who told mo tho following story to il
lustrato this generous trait iu Mr. Glad
fc?ir John prided himself oh his kuowl
edge of chemistry, and iu one of tho
debates ou the commercial treaty with
x raneo he malo a speech exposing, as
ho believed, a serious chemical blunder
in tho treaty. Mr. Gladstono followed,
"and soon turned mo insido out in the
most amusing manner, " said Ilennessy
in relating tho story, "proving, as if ho
had been a chemist by profession, that
it was I who had blundered egregious-
Having thus disposed of his critic,
Mr. Gladstone went and sat by him for
a moment. "I hope you don't feel hurt.
Mr. Hennery." ho said. "Your speech
was ingenious, and it may console you
to know that tho emperor of tho French
made precisely tho snnio objection that
you havo made. The fact is, both you
and ho know a good deal about chem
istry, but not enough to keep you from
going astray." Canon McColl in Fort
jurs. iiervey writes on vjct. d,
toiler husband, that his "four sisters
havo been hear this afternoon, and as
they never come unattended, brought
with them Mr. Ga , Mr. Down and
Mr. Bo. Part of them staid and play
ed at whish (sic) tel this moment,
wbicli is past 11 a "clock."
Tweniy years later (March 18, 1717)
Lord Iiervey, as his title was then,
writes to tho IJev. Mr. Thoma3 Foulkes,
tho tutor cf Mad Tom Iiervey, at Ox
ford, cbout that son's gambling pro
pensities. He is to follow the example
of his "good grandlather Hcrvey, who.
pray tell loin, never played at any
game but whist, aud at that only in
Christmas time for sixpence a corner."
Lady Bristol was at Bath in April,
1723. and was then in the center of tbo
world of whist. "Poor Bishop Novell,"
she writes, "can scarce be reckoned
among tho living, being (in my orpin-
ion) wors than dead. They sav ho sifts
ut Lindsey's with ouo to hold his cards
antl another to givo him suulf. Palsey
and gout i:ave brought him to this miss
iratle condition. " On May 1 6he cheer
fully informs her husband that tho di
version or the evening is the puppet
show. "Betty is goiio with Lady Tor-
ringtou. The whiskers have promised
me somo diversion after tis over."
Notes and Queries.
The Conninc Fox.
Tho sagacity of the fox is most won
derful. It is related that he is tor
mented by fleiis, and when the inflic
tion becomes unbearable ho gathers a
inonthfol f moss aud slowly walks
backward into the nearest stream until
only the mouth is left above the surface
of the water. The fleas meantiioe take
refuge on the moss, and when the fox
is satisfied that they have all embarked
he opens his mouth, and the moss drifts
awar. while the wily fox regains the
bank, happy in freedom from his tor
lletWMB Two Fire.
6quib The editor seems to bare the
usual run of enemies.
Scrib Yes. If no publishes anything
anonymously, they accuse him of cow
ardice, while, should hs sign an article,
tiey laugh at his vanity ! Up to Date.
THE-CHANOES FOR SUCH AtFAIZE ARE
EXTJREMELY REMOTE, i
fjs TVsnsa of fplaroo and Pestileric the I
Greatest Dmirr of Prematura Karial ,
Exists TheIeath Test That IsiApplied
Most of us nave a lingering love of
life, and the thought that there is just
the barest - possibility of being . buried
alive sends a shudder through us. .
Medical men know that . tho human
body in time of. illness and -iit other
times, ton, is liable to assume all the
outward .appearances of death; without
the final searaticn having actually
taken place. Thero aro the coma, cata
leptic and .other forms of the uncon
scious 6tate,.each one bringing in its
trend the voryisimnlation of-death'itselX.
"Happily, aimtidicalman nowadays,"
said a physician to a reporter, expe
riences no difficulty in doclwring hisjpa
tient to bo dead, ns a general rale, 'but
it may perhaps ihappcu onco iu his life
time that he m.-iv havo it doubt. in
which case conviction either waytol-
lows upon bis findings, which are sun
pie and concJnsivo, and in which he
cannot bo mistaken.
"It is unfortunately true thatthere
ore thousands of nervous poopYo now
walking about iti fear of Leiugburied
alive, this more id convictioncoining
about through reading of' an isolated
case happening liero andfthcre, where.
perhaps some one has hadlaiuarrow es
capo of being subjuated to a hiving burial.
"These 'escapes' greatly outnumber
those ' of tho actual occurrence itself.
Tho cataleptic utwally show signs of
life just iu tho n.tk of tune to disap
point the undertakers aud ta relieve sor
"Of course, mucluof the evidenee on
which the svllegatdon of premature
burial is based depunute on the fact that
bodies ou e.hnuatirin. have beenrocca
sionally found distorted, thereby fbstor
ing tho notion that ithis or that occut
pant of tho coffin hcs died from suffo
cation, a theory whici is supportedJby
tho favorable condition of othcrex
humed bodies. '
"But tho idea is al together wipng, iu
fact and in principle. (It is welliknown
among thoso who havcmade ita study
that tho apparent disortions,j instead
of demonstrating a living buriul, purcv
ly depend upon natural cansesdjrought
about by decomposition, the influence
f which is sufficiently strong enough
to bulgo out, and evau burst, leaden
coffins. This phenomenou'dous not hap
pen in every case, but iudocsvin a great
"No.no! I shall uotigoso far as to
say that a premature burial has never
taken place, but it has notfcoccurred so
often as is thought. I darefsay it'may
occur in tunes of plagues and pesti
leuces, where tno pres-unied" uoal are
buried within a few hours of death
That is whero luuch mischief lies. But
when panic prevails where does thought
"In plagues, such as cholera, tbo
state of collapse is soiprofouud that it
may perfectly simnlatordeathiitsclf,' but
tho custom of burying the (lead on 'the
day of death is fortunately on thowcuie,
even during advanced epidemics. .It is
probable that in the absence of medical
aid in panic times in country places
abroad it has led to living burial in
deed it must havo done. But thelast
end of all under such coudStiou's isomer
ciful, for it mnst not bo fbrgotten that
if you are 'unconscious onjy white be'-,
ing hermetically sealed in yonr coffin
you will never again expemenco volnu
tary motion or sensation.
"However, where tho doctor can be
consulted, living burial is impossible
even in a cholera panic, for thero aro
certain bodily movements w2iich .gener
ally occur alter tteatu iroru icnoiera, in
tho absence of which a medical man
would hesitate to certify forfburial.
"In ages gouo by and m i uncivilized
countries still it is possible 'that uncon
scious cat aleptics, or persons drugged to
apparent death, may have been and
perhaps still are occasionally buried
alive, but I do not believe thnt in our
own country or in any civilized land
such events are possible.
"iu ienuu the custom prevails of
taking a bor!y to the mortuary on the
eve of burial, where it is 'tested.
Thimbles aro placed on the fingers of
the dead, to which are attached wires
connected with the mortuary bells.
"Have the bells ever rung? Yes, once,
"It is impossible for a doctor to mis
take unconsciousness in its varied forms
"Some timeago it was suggested that
a law should be passed making it com
pulsory for a medical man to test bodies
before giving a certificate of death.
lesting by electricity was thought of.
but it is an o""n question ytt whether
electricity kills cr only stuns. At all
events, we in this country are not con
vinced that such a test would bo satis
factory or afford sufficient evidence of
death, although it has its value. Onthe
other band, I don't think legislation of
this kind is necessary. It would cer
tainly reflect upou the medical profes
"The Viennese custom is a wise one.
and I should like to see it xaoro gener
ally adopted." Pearson's Weekly. '
The Poor Editor.
Bill Did you read about that fellow
writing a poem on a f 50 bill?
Jill 2o. The editor kept it, of
"No. He returned it"
"What, an editor return a $50 bill?"
"Yea. He didn't know what it was."
One of the tallest stacks in Great
Britain is situated at Llanelly. From
the base of the foundation to the ex
treme summit is 400 feet high. The
cap of the top weighs 27 tons, and 720,
000 bricks were used in its construc
tion. It is circular in form, and ia
gale bends extremely.
Every prep oa which I lean.
Kery earthly prop. -1 mean.
Or wheaa powwr i chance to boast.
Fails me when I need It most.
Low, brother, sister, friend,
Ott whose ucarnew I depends
Those whose very presence gives
Strength by which my pptrit lives.
Fall away by somp mia-hanee,
Desth or ether circumstance,
And I find myself indeed
Leaning on a broken reed.
VThen these earthly fetters part,
AS these clasps s round my heart
Fall awsy. and I am left- -Of
life's sweetest joys bereft.
To what depths of woe I drop,
Coekina vainly for mme prop
All PuQcitrnt to sustain
One in loneliness and pain.
Liko a drowning man I reach
Upward and for aid beseech-
Htlp me. Lord!" I cry and stand
Well supported by his hand.
Through tho desert, through tho tide.
Ho ha proniitxxl to abide
Erer near; where'er I he, .
Vhiypcrs gently. "Lean on me."
Earthly tics, how iiusecnro!
Hcaycnly tics alone eadnrn.
Aid my IdoU all wore slain
That 1 might this knowledge gain:
Sew Yc;k Ledger.
THEY GAVE THE BALLS.
And the People Diuced to Pay the Debts
of Louis XIV.
In 1712 Louis XIV favored the Opera,
then established in the first sallo of tho
Palais Koyal (there have been two)
with a special mansion for the better
accommodation of its administration,
archives and rehearsals. - This -hotel is
situated in the Ruo Nicaisa. Thf build
ing was generally designated under the
name of "Magasia, ' whence the term
Filles dn Msgasiu" (not "de maga-
ein ) subsequently not only to the fe-
malo choristers aud supers, but the fe
male daueers themselves. It so happen
ed that tho king forgot to pay his archi
tects and workmen. - In order to satisfy
them the Chevalier de Bouillon conceiv
ed the idea of giving balls iu the opera
house, for which idea he received au
annual pension of (5,000 fra,ncs. Ho was
paid, but tho king's debtors wero not.
for, although tho letters patent were
g Km ted somewhere about tue beginning
of 1713, not a single ball had been given
when the most magnificent of the Bour:
bon sovereigns descended to his gravo.
One day, shortly after his death.
d Argensou, the then lieutenant of po
lice, was talking to Louis' nephew,
Philippo d'Orleaus, the regent. "Alon-
seigueur, ho said, "tlicro are people
who go about yelling that his majesty
of blessed memory was a bankrupt and
a thief. I'll have them arrested and
have tbem flnng into some deep under
ground dungeon." "You don't know
what you aro talking about,." was the
answer. "Thoso people must be paid,
and then they'll cease to bellow. " . "But
how, rnonsoigncur.-1 "Let s give the
balls that wcrg projected by Bouillon."
So said, so done, and the peoolo danced
to pay Louis XI 's debts, as, according
to bhadwell, people drank to nil Uharles
H 's coffers:
Tho kinc's most faithful -subjects we
la ' service aro not dull.
Wo drink to show our loyalty
And make hi? coffers full.
-London Saturday Review.
Chesterfield's idea cf excellence was
essentially superficial, for his praise of
solid acquirement aud genuine princi
ple is always coupled with the assertion
of their entire inutility if unaccompa
nied by grace, external polish and an
agreeable manifestation. He omits all
consideration of their intrinsic worth
and absolute dignity ; their value to the
individual, according to him, is wholly
proportioned to his skill in using them
in a social form.
In one of his earlier letters to Philip
Stanbupo ho writes: "What an advan
tage has a graceful .speaker with gen
teel motions, a handsome figure, over
one who Ehall speak full as much good
sense, but who is destitute ox these or
naments. In business how prevalent are
the graces, how detrimental is the want
of them! If you should not acquire
manners, all the rest will bo of little
use to you. By manners I mean engag
ing, insinuating, naming ruar-iers, ; a
distinguished politeness, an almost ir
resistible address, a superior graceful
ness in all you say and da " Ho would
have manners overlay individuality and
goes so far as to declare that a soldier
is a brute, a scholar, a pedant and a
philosopher, a cynic without good breed
ing. uentleman's Magazine.
A Former Chipeae Fleet.
It consisted chiefly of old junks which
bad not been in the water for more than
30 years. .During this lengthened period
the sea had receded, and the land had
formed to the extent c? more than a
mile, the consequence being that these
ancient vessels were high and dry, their
masts, sails and gear had rotted away
from the long exposure to the sun and
ram, the paint had peeled irom tneir
. . . . ...
sides, and, in some cases, the very j
planking had been stolen for firewood.
"Pioneering In Formosa," by W. A.
Morel Kiaa II Ml loo Pounds.
American engineers have just per
formed a feat at Bismarck, N. D.
which has never before been equaled.
It took them an entire year to make
their preparations, and when all was
ready they moved a nicr of the Northern
rtcino railway bridge, weighing 8UOOO,-
000 pounds, about fonr feet in a fow j
The allowance of the lord .mayor of I
London, up to the mayoralty of Sir Sid
ney Water low in 1872, was $10,000 an
nually, but it was increased in that
year to $00,000, at which sum it has
ptpr sinA rlr i i rn.l
Tber? is an American hotel at Lira cm,'
Porta Eica. It is called the Grand. It I
rests on piers set ia the coral reef whero
ceaseless sorav from th nearbv surf re
flects rainbow tiattin the i sunlight. j
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