Last Tuesday on my now defunct blog, I continued an intermittent series on “Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Library” which now continues here, with a post in part about a 1912 news item that talked about prohibiting treating in saloons.
At the time, I had no idea what that meant. Since then, I’ve learned what “saloon treating” means. In particular pay attention to the third paragraph where “one leader of the movement” goes off not just on “saloon treating,” but also on “saloon loafing.”
Personally, I love the diction this leader employs, first with my mother’s favorite word for someone who drinks: “Boozer” and then continuing to “the jig’s up” and the coup de grâce “beautifully soused,” which makes me think of something like this:
…well, except without the tongue sticking out (unless you’re into that) and the guy on the right (unless you’re into that too).
Of further note, even the Canadian Premier thought that stopping “saloon treating would go a long way toward curing the saloon evil.”
I also love the conclusion of the omnipresent narrator who doesn’t use a byline: “It is the social drinking which creates the appetite.”
And that, of course, then leads to binge drinking, at which point you’ll have to ask yourself: “What are you doing to yourself?”
At which point I’ll have to answer: “I don’t know, baby, but I think I like it.”
This post is Part IX in an intermittent series called “Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Library” that began on my previous blog, Unfinished Rambler, and now continues here.