"Horse Talk" in BAR & BUFFET

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   I must confess--I discovered this by accident.  It's published in Cincinnati, 1906-1909, and the LOC call number is TX950.A5.  It's under BOOKS, nor JOURNALS.  It's not in OCLC WorldCat at all!
   Drink lists are given "by John H. Considine, author of 'The Buffet Blue Book.'"  This doesn't show up anywhere, either!

June 1906, BAR & BUFFET, pg. 11, col. 4:
   The little sausage known as "Frankfurter" and "Wiener" was offered for sale for the first time in 1805, and the centennial was observed in Vienna by the butcher's guild.  The inventor of the sausage was Johann Lahner, who named it for his birthplace, Frankfurt.  The business founded 100 years ago by a poor man has yielded a fortune in its various heads.  It has alwyas remained in the same family, and is now conducted in Vienna by Franz Lahner, a grand nephew of the original Frankfurter sausage man.

August/September 1907, BAR & BUFFET, pg. 19, col. 1:
_Dog-sausage no Joke_
_Seven Thousand Canines Devoured in Germany Last Year._
   The old joke about eating "hot dog" is no joke in Germany any more...

August 1906, BAR & BUFFET, pg. 5, col. 1:
  Without doubt a great many readers have seen signs which read: "In God WeTrust--All Others Cash"...

December 1906, BAR & BUFFET, pg. 14, col. 1 ad:
Bull Dog
(Related to "bulldog edition"?--ed.)

   From BAR & BUFFET, August 1906, pg. 9, col. 1:

_Peculiar Words and Definitions Used by Sports of The Turf._
   Aged Horse--One that is six years old or over.
   Colt--An immature stallion; in racing and trotting, one that is under six years old.
   Filly--An immature mare; in racing and trotting, one that is under six years old.
   Foal--A colt, filly or gelding under one year old.
   Full Brother (or Sister)--One having the same sire and dam.
   Half Brother (or Sister)--One having the same dam but not the same sire.  Sometimes used to denote a horse having the same sire but not the same dam.
   Brother in Blood--One having common ancestors in the male and female lines, but not the same sire and dam.
   Second Dam (or Third, etc.)--The maternal granddam (or great-granddam, etc.)
   Jack--A male ass.
   Jenny--A female ass.
   Mule--A hybrid resulting from the cross between a jack and a mare.
   Hinny--A hybrid resulting from the cross between a stallion and a jenny.
   Jennet--A small ambling Spanish saddle horse of the sixteenth century.
   Hackney--Originally a utility horse for riding or driving; especially one kept for hire.  Adopted in 1883 by the English Hackney Horse Society as the name for a breed or carriage horses then being formed from the old Norfolk trotters and other foundation stock.
   Cob--A low, thick-set, short-legged, compact harness or saddle horse; especially one not exceeding 15 hands.
   Pony--A horse not exceeding 14.2 hands.  Originally poney, and denoted a horse under 13 hands.
   Hobby--An ancient breed or type of Irish ponies that were fast runners and pacers.
   Punch--An extremely thick-set, short, blocky horse.  The term is now rarely used except to designate a breed of English draught horses known as the Suffolk Punch.
   Mustang, Bronco, Cayuse--A small, hardy, range-bred horse of the far West, descended from Indian pony stock.
   Lunkhead--A dull, stupid, clumsy horse.
   Plug--A worthless, low-bred horse.
   Weed--An inferior horse of rank growth, lacking conspicuously in quality and substance.
   Crab--A sore-toed, worn-out horse.
   Crock--A broken down, worn out horse.
   Skate--A very inferior horse; especially a worthless thoroughbred or trotter.
   Lobster--A coarse, awkward, ungainly horse.
   Bull--A lymphatic lobster.
   Cherrypicker--A tall, long-legged horse.
   Stargazer--A long-necked horse that carries his head extremely high.
   Kill Devil--A vicious horse.
   Crack, Crack-a-jack, Corncracker--A horse of superior excellence, especially a superior race horse, trotter, hunter or show horse.
   Soft Horse--One lacking stamina or endurance, especially a race horse or trotter.
   Washy Horse--One that is lacking in constitution or stamina.
   Gibber--A balky horse.
   Roarer, Whistler, Grunter--A horse that is not sound in his wind; i.e., one whose respiratory passages are obstructed or contracted in such a way as to cause a wheezing sound when the animal exerts himself.
   Cribber--A horse that habitually bites his manager or other object, and while doing so sucks in air.
   Cockhorse--One used to help a four-in-hand team in pulling a coach up a hill or over a hard stage.
   Timber Topper, Fencer, Leaper--A hunter or high jumper.
   Nag--Said to be the oldest surviving appellation in the English language for a riding horse.  Commonly used to denote a driving horse.
   Palfrey, Pad--Old English terms for saddle horse, especially an easy riding horse for a woman.
   Hack--A horse for riding.  Originally a drudge hackneyed or hired for riding or driving.  Synonymous with hackney, of which term is an abbreviation.
   Blood Hack--A thoroughbred saddle horse or one having the appearance of being a thoroughbred.
(Col. 2--ed.)
   Remount--A horse intended for calvary service in the army.
   Mount--A horse of any type that is ridden.
   Jade--An inferior horse, especially a tired or worn-out horse.
   Welter Horse--A race horse, hunter or saddle horse capable or carrying the heaviest weight.
   Galloway--A small horse used for riding.  The name originally was applied to a breed or tribe of small pacing horses in Scotland, and was later used to denote riding horses over 13 hands nad under fourteen hands.  Now commonly used to denote a racer not exceeding 15 hands.
   Bonesetter--A rough gaited riding horse.  Colloquial in some parts of the United States.
   Novice--A show horse that has never won.

   _Terms Used in Racing._
   Thoroughbred--A horse having six uncontaminated crosses of the blood of the British race horse.
   Blood Horse--A horse having the appearance of being a thoroughbred.  Sometimes used as a synonym for thoroughbred.
   Cocktail--A race horse or hunter not strictly a thoroughbred, but having a predominance of thoroughbred blood.
   Courser--A race horse of Arabian or thoroughbred blood.
   Cup Horse--A race horse having the speed and endurance to compete at a cup distance (usually not less than a mile and a half).
   Stake Horse--A superior race horse or trotter, good enough to go against the best in his class.
   Selling Plater, Leather Plater--A third-rate race horse, good only for short distance races in inferior company.
   Stayer--A horse that can carry his speed a long distance and repeat.
(Col. 3--ed.)
   Sprinter--A fast race horse, good only for a short distance (under one mile).
   Quitter--A horse that gives it up when pinched in a hard-fought race.
   Sucker--A faint-hearted horse that is usually both a sprinter and a quitter.
   Dog, Hound--A horse lacking the essential qualities of a racer.
   Counterfeit--The type of horse that Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote:  "Horses hot at hand make gallant show and promise of their mettle, but when they should endure the bloody spur they fall their crests and like deceitful jades sink in the trial."
   Rogue--A race horse that can not be depended on to do his best.
   Bolter--A race horse that habitually bolts or tries to fly the course.
   Stout Horse--As used by racing men this term has no significance as to conformation.  It means enduring, strong, courageous, which was its original signification, according to early English writers.
   High Stomach Horse--Old John Lawrence wrote in 1806:  "There are also high stomached horses that, being severely whipped when all abroad and at their best, will instantly slacken instead of endeavoring to increase their speed."  Such horses are now called sulkers.
   Pacemaker--A horse used to set the pace for another horse in a race or a performance against time.
   Plodder--A race horse or trotter that lacks brushes of extreme speed, but rates along at a fairly even pace from start to finish.
   Rater--The same as a plodder.  This term is used also to denote a pacemaker or prompter in a performance against time.
   Trial Horse--One of known racing capacity used in trying out a runner or trotter whose racing qualities are being tested in private.
(Col. 4--ed.)
   Dark Horse--A dangerous horse in a race whose chances of success are unknown or known to but few.
   Long Shot--A horse against which the odds are longest in the betting on a race.
   Favorite--The horse against which the odds are shortest in the betting on a race.
   Outsider--The opposite of a favorite.
   Dead One--A race horse not meant to win.
   Dope Horse--A race horse, trotter or show horse, that performs best under the influence of a drug.
   Sunday Horse--An in and out, or uncertain performer.
   Morning Glory (OED?--ed.)--A race horse that runs fast in his work against time, but fails in actual contest.
   Mud Lark (Pre-dates RHHDAS--ed.)--A horse that excels on a muddy track.
   Quarter Horse--A horse that is used for short distance running races; one that can go a quarter of a mile at a high rate of speed.
   Maiden--A horse that has never won.
   Placed Horse--One that wins any part of the purse or stake in racing, or that wins a ribbon in the show ring.
   Place Horse--One that is placed second in a running race.
   Flyer--A high-class race horse or trotter.
   Standard Horse--One that is eligible to registration under the rules governing admission to Wallace's American Trotting Register.
   Sidewheeler--A pacer.
   Green Horse--One that have never started in a race.  This term is often erroneously used to designate a horse that started but has never won.
   Running Mate--A running horse harnessed to pole with a trotter to help him along in a race or performance against time.
   Pole Horse--The horse that has the inside track in a trotting race; also a trotter driven to pole; that is, in double harness.
   Runner in Front--A running horse driven ahead of a trotter in a performance against time for the purpose of forming a wind shield to aid the trotter.
   Bad Actor--A trotter that habitually breaks or otherwise misbehaves in races.

(Notice that "ringer" is not here--ed.)

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