Bar & Buffet

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Tue Jan 23 09:35:38 UTC 2001

   I read through the entire run of BAR & BUFFET in the LOC, from 1906-1909.  This publication is not properly indexed; it should turn up with BAR SERVER and MIXER & SERVER.  But they're all under different subject heads!


   Humphrey Bogart's famous statement about a goat.
   From a full-page ad in BAR & BUFFET, October 1908, pg. 30:

_Saloon Show Cards_
Hand Painted
Beveled Edge
Fine Gray


   From BAR & BUFFET, January 1909, pg. 10, col. 2:

   _A New Line of Talk._
   "Say," said the Quick-Lunch Sage, whom the Editor met in one of his philosophic moods, "the chair lunches have brought a new lingo into the language, have you noticed it?  It would confuse a stranger to the vernacular.  For instance, you hear the lunch clerk shout an order 'Egg with,' and you see a man get an egg with a big slice of Bermuda onion on top.  Then you hear an order, 'Beans with,' and you would naturally expect to see the customer get onions with his beans, but he doesn't.  'With' means bread on a bean order, while it means onions on an egg order.  Then you'll hear an order, 'One egg, lots of with,' that means an extra dose of onion.  Then a fellow comes in and orders a (Col. 3--ed.) 'double egg sandwich' and the innocent bystander looks to see two egg sandwiches served out, but he doesn't; he sees one sandwich with two eggs between the lids.  A couple saunter up and order 'two clucks.'  Is the lunch clerk feazed?  He is not.  He simply throws two chicken pies o!
ut of the warming oven.  Then a
couple more Smart Alecks come in and order 'two cackle-berries on bread.'  They get two egg sandwiches on bread for, if you don't specify 'bread,' you get the regular roll instead of sliced bread.  Then you hear the lunch clerk throw back an order, 'Ham-chopped-bread-with,' and you wonder, with a good deal of curiousity, what will come forth, and how the ham can be served on chopped bread.  What you see come out is a chopped-ham sandwich on bread with onion.  I tell you, it's a great language."

RICKEY (continued)

   From BAR & BUFFET, June 1907, pg. 5, col. 2:

   An American drink of world-wide reputation is the Rickey.  The first Rickey was made in 1891 by George Williamson, who is still quenching assorted thirsts at Shoomaker's, Washington barroom, Toledo, O., (Toledo?--ed.) which has been famous since 1858.  Colonel Jos. R. Rickey, of Fulton, Missouri, was a celebrated character about the National Capital in those days.  He drifted into Shoomaker's one hot day and asked for a cooling drink.  Mr. Williamson put a piece of ice in a long glass, poured some whiskey over it and added mineral water.  The crowd had several "rounds" of them.  Then the suggestion was made that a drop of lime juice would be an improvement.  Mr. Williamson supplied the limes.  The new drink was called "Colonel Rickey's brand."  A few weeks later a Washingtonian dropped into the Hoffman House bar in New York and asked for a "Colonel Rickey."  The barkeeper confessed ignorance and was enlightened.  From that time the Rickey began to grow in favor, and it has !
endured to this day.

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