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Beer-Drinking In America.

There is, we are informed, a man in Cincinatti who has repeatedly drunk (and stands ready to drink any day) 12 glasses of beer while the tire-bells are striking 12 o’clock at noon. When allowed to save the time wasted in conveying so many glasses to and from his lips by pouring the beer into a large bowl and drinking from it, he has taken the contents of 17 glasses while the hour was being struck. The beer glasses hold one-tenth of a gallon each. Seventeen glasses would, therefore, make a full gallon and a half of beer, after making due allowance for foam. The time required to strike the noon hour on the fire-bells does not exceed half a minute. It remains for physiologists to explain where the gallon and a half of beer which Farbaugh is able to pour down his throat in the time named goes to. It does not make him drunk, and he claims to feel no bad effects after thus gorging himself. The discovery of this case led the reporter of the “ Cincinatti Commercial ” to go the rounds of the breweries with a view to ascertain the possibilities of beer drinking ; and he found two instances in waich a keg of beer (eight gallons) had been drunk by a man in two hours for a wager, and without causing intoxication. At Kauft'mann’s brewery he met with a man who drinks more than ;50 glasses of beer every day ; and has done this for so many years that if the firm had charged him 5 cents a glass for his beer instead of letting him have it for nothing, he would have had by this time to pay the enormous amount of 25,000 cents for it. The reporter says :•“ The men employed in the business begin work at 3 o’clock in the morning, and do not go home uniil 0 in the evening. Their work is much of it heavy, and many of them have been thus employed for a score of years. They are stout and hearty in spite of their weakness for beer. Some of them are fleshy, but in many instances their parents were fleshy before them. They sleep less than most men. They are not as quick, either mentally or in their bodily movements, a> those in many of the other walks of life."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879

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Beer-Drinking In America. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879