Household Reading; Selections from the Congregationalist. 1849-1866

Household Reading; Selections from the Congregationalist. 1849-1866

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...the third course toasts were given, mostly local, of course, such as to the Free City of Bremen and to the Navigators' Aid Company. But of these I will not at any length speak, merely remarking that they continued through the entire dinner. At length the fourth course appeared, --roast beef and roast veal, with delicious plums and stewed apple, and a salad at whose ingredients I dare not guess. To me, however, it was most distasteful. The fifth was bread, with butter and cheese, just as we have it now in all German dinners; then coffee and cigars. The only difference which I noticed in this, as compared with ancient times, was that the coffee had been sweetened with molasses before it was served. But though in all these later courses the viands were, in the main, not unlike what one meets now-a-days in Germany, yet the manner in which everything was served, the old plates, the unchanged knives and forks which we had to keep clean with our brown-paper napkins, the old-fashioned jollity, the speeches in Low German, the odd dialect unintelligible to foreigners, the presence of ladies in a secret gallery, where they peeped from behind the banners, they known to be there yet themselves not visible, ladies having no part in the feast, --all this gave it a novelty and au ancient air which I could hardly believe possible. And then, too, the dinner was in one of the old Hanseatic cities, and these were all rich Bremen burghers, --judge whether this did not lend its aid. And when the book of old familiar songs was brought in, and all joined in singing the patriotic airs which men of former days composed and sang, and men owning half a score of ships rose and gave their own song, while the whole company shouted " Bravo! " and the fumes of two hundred cigar%...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666082X
  • 9781236660824