Chilimac (1902); Hopkins County Stew (1901)

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Greetings from Austin, Texas. My wife and I are tired.
MOVIE--There were about 50 hits for this word in the NY Tribune database,  
but it didn't look like there was even one relevant citation. I later also  
searched for "moving picture."
NYC STREET GAMES--16 July 1905, NY Tribune, pg. A4, "East Side Pied Pipers:  
Games of the Street Child/'Statues,' 'Cat,' 'Turn the other way.'" This looks  
like an interesting article on NYC street games, but only the title of the  
article appears on ProQuest. 
NAVAL ACADEMY SLANG--21 December 1902, pg. A7. An interesting collection,  
including "grub" and "plumduff" and "salt horse" and "spuds" and "shake a leg"  
and "hung on the Christmas tree."
America's Historical Newspapers (not available at the University of Texas,  
really hurting my research) was very slow downloading on the NY Public Library  
computer. Often, articles refused to be opened. The following "Chilimac" (one 
 word) ad and the "Hopkins County Stew" recipe are nice Texas food finds from 
 about 1900.
8 August 1902, San Antonio Express, pg. 10: 
We beg to announce to the public that we are introducing an entirely new  
food article called 


This article is a compound of  Italian paste with extract of beef, celery and 
Mexican chili pepper, etc. The  compound speaks for itself and it is indeed 
one of the most wholesome,  nourishing and delicious foods for rich and poor 
and we can conscientiously  recommend it. 

We place Chilimac on the market in two forms, viz.  Thimbles and Vermicelli. 
Thimbles are a large macaroni cut into pieces an inch  in length, while 
vermicelli differs from ordinary vermicelli only in color and  taste. Both forms are 
particularly adapted for soups as well as all other dishes  for which you 
will find recipes in our Chilimac Cook Book. 

The following  grocery stores carry the Chilimac in stock, who will also 
furnish you with a  cook book with your first purchase. Please give it a trial. 

Yours very  truly, 
10 June 1901, Fort Worth (TX) Morning Register, pg. 2:  
Dish That Calls Forth Commendations  
from One Who Enjoyed It. 
“Hopkins County Stew.” That’s  the name of it. Good? Did you ask? Well, I 
should say. All the picnic dinners of  history fade into insignificance before 
it. Baked turkey, roast pig, pound cake,  angel’s food and moonshine with cream 
and strawberries are all turned down when  Hopkins county stew stands up for 

It is said that the  famous “New York delegation” had spread before them, on 
their visit to Sulphur  Springs, this novel dish. They tasted, they smacked 
their lips, they rolled  their eyes, they smiled blandly. Then fully convinced 
that they had struck the  richest lead in all Texas, they took it in to their 
full capacity, and left the  city too full of utterance. 

Tell you how it’s made? I wish I could.  
No one less gifted in the art of importunate pleading than myself  could ever 
have obtained the recipe for making this stew. But I am able to give  it to 
your readers on the condition that it shall be known as the “Hopkins  county 
stew” thereby vesting some honor upon the fair ladies of this county who  
originated it. The name of my authority is appended to the recipe:  

Hopkins county stew—2 gallons water, more added later is needed; 1  gallon 
Irish potatoes; 3/4 gallons tomatoes, fresh sliced or canned; 1/2 gallon  corn, 
either fresh cut fine or canned; 2 pounds sweet bacon, sliced; 24 birds,  or 
six frying-size chickens—two hens may take the place of either; 1/2 dozen  pods 
chili pepper, seeds left out; put meat, pepper and tomatoes in first and  
cook, boil hard one and a half hours; then add onions and potatoes and cook  
until ingredients are cooked to shreds. Last add corn and cook fifteen minutes.  
Salt to taste. After corn is put in stir constantly to prevent burning. 

Now should the lady readers of The Register wish to make a  new raid upon the 
affectations of their leige lords they have only to study upon  this stew. 

It is especially hoped that the U. B. A. ladies will adopt it  as the 
principle feature of all occasions where the supreme president is  expected to be 
present. Under such treatment he will no doubt develop into a man  of wonderful 

Sulphur  Springs, June 7. 

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