"Hot Dog" (1893, 1897); Hamburgers & Trilby Sandwich

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SHRIMP SCAMPI (continued)
I've subscribed to Newsbank's _www.genealogybank.com_ 
(http://www.genealogybank.com)  service, for only  about $10 a month. It has the newspapers in 
Newsbank's "America's Historical  Newspapers" (that no local Texas library 
subscribes to, despite my UT and Texas  State). This database has the Dallas Morning 
News, and it's good to finally have  home access.
Newsbank greatly adds to the newspaper database each month. Some nice new  
February additions include the San Francisco Bulletin (1867-1890) and the Fort  
Worth Star-Telegram (1907-1918).
The newspapers will be greatly expanded in May?...The Kansas City Star  seems 
to have drifted from NewspaperArchive to Newsbank.
28 September 1893, Knoxville (TN) <i>Journal</i>, "The  (They?--ed.) Wore 
Overcoats," pg. 5:
It was so cool last night that the appearance of overcoats was common, and  
stoves and grates were again brought into comfortable use. Even the  
weinerwurst men began preparing to get the "hot dogs" ready for sale  Saturday night.
11 April 1897, Kansas City (MO) Star, pg. 2:
_What Trilby Sandwiches, "Hot Dogs" and_
_"High Balls" Are._
Kansas City, Mo., April 9, 1897.--To the Star: What is a "Trilby sandwich?"  
What does a young man mean when he says to his friend, "Let's go get a hot 
dog?"  What is a "high ball?"  ANXIOUS MOTHER
The Trilby sandwich is made by placing a layer of finely chopped ham with  
sliced onion between white bread. It is not considered immoral to eat Trilby  
sandwiches. Yet it must be admitted that the original popularity of the Trilby  
was due to the disguising effect of the onion on the breath of men about to go 
 home. It must also be admitted that Trilby sandwiches are never eaten in the 
day  time. It is not in fact considered correct to eat them until after 
midnight.  This rule is not closely observed in Kansas City, however, for, along 
towards  midnight, the street corner lunch carts and owl wagons sell stacks of 
Trilby  sandwiches.
A "hot dog" is a sliced bun and wienerwurst. The origin of the term goes  
back to the current facetiousness of university towns.
The "high ball" is a very popular method of taking whisky and gin. Instead  
of drinking the liquor "neat" and washing it down with the water on the side, a 
 bit of ice is placed in a tall glass, the whisky or gin poured therein and 
then  the glass filled with seltzer water from a syphon bottle. Hence a high 
ball is  simple a reversal of the old favorite drink of "grog."
22 October 1896, Kansas City (MO) <i>Star</i>, "Rare Beefsteak  Sandwiches," 
pg. 5:
>From the American Kitchen Magazine.
Rare beefsteak chopped fine and seasoned with salt and pepper is an  
excellent filling for sandwiches. It may also be moistened very slightly with  melted 
butter and shaped into balls to serve cold. Either of these methods is  
preferable to warming, if over. If it must be reheated, however, it should be  done 
very quickly. 
9 January 1898, Philadelphia (PA) <i>Inquirer</i>, "Annual  Feed of 
Philadelphia's Unique Beefsteak Club," pg. 7:
At the foot of the broad stairway leading to the basement was a scene to be  
witnessed in Philadelphia but once in a twelvemonth, and then only at the  
dinners of the Beefsteak Club. At thirty or more little round tables were seated  
one hundred men, each with a chunk of beefsteak or a beefsteak sandwich in 
his  hand.
27 January 1901, Dallas <i>Morning News</i>, pg. 10:
If the affairs of a business man were conducted along such lines his  
commercial rating would drop below that of a hamburger stand.
27 March 1904, Kansas City (MO) <i>Star</i>, pg. 1:
Nothing for sale in a White house lunch wagon costs more than fifteen  
cents--the White house price for a chicken sandwich--and many of the things  
prepared in the little kitchen cost only five cents each. Here are some of the  
things on the bill of fare: Wienerwurst, hot tamales, chili, eggs in all styles,  
baked beans, almost any kind of pie, sliced ham, chopped ham, ham and eggs,  
chicken sandwiches, St. Paul sandwiches, Minneapolis sandwiches, Trilby  
sandwiches and Hamburger steak. There may be others.
"What is a St. Paul sandwich?" the man in the apron was asked.
"It's made of chopped ham, chopped eggs and chopped onions."
"What's the Minneapolis, then?"
"Minneapolis? That's nine miles from St. Paul. Haw, haw, haw. It's the same  
as the St. Paul, only the onions are left out. The Trilby is simply chopped 
ham  and onion--like the St. Paul but there is no chopped egg in it."
_American diner: then and now - Google Books Result_ 
&ots=t6fraozAjf&sig=ytxvBVh89wpvtyiaZR8jeFEnAMI)      by Richard J.S.  Gutman
Some wagons were sought after for their specialties. The  Trilby sandwich was 
named after a counterman in James Harrington's  White House Café in 
Waterbury, ...
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