A Tailor on Tour.
" Securely packed in a big box, labelled 'This side up,' 'With care,' 'Fragile,' and other ren}ind.er.s to r,aj}way porters, Austrian tailor named Hermann Zeitung, according to the police report, has" come in a train all the way from "Vienna to Paris." says the correspondent - of the " Daily Telegraph " in "the latter city, " The affair seems incredible, but it is none the less an adamantine fact, and the daring tailor was sent off from the Eastern Railway ' Oui-jtoni-hduse to' the P^ris Central police station. The following is the true and authentic version of the strange voyage and adventures of Herr Zeitung. He found himself bankrupt in "Vienna, but as he >yaa an able putter, and had invented a new style of lady's riding dress, he thought that by going to Paris he might be able to make capital out of his invention." He accordingly ordered a large bos, lined* ifc -well "ffith gtraw, a.nd got into it, supplied with beer, bread and sausages. A trustworthy friend or assistant, formerly in his employ, wrote the necessary directions on the box, which was then fQuyarcled to the railway sta,tjpn for Paris. Ingenious Hermann the tailor thus conveyed by the Orient Express across Austria, Bavaria, Wiirtembefg, and Alsace, into France. During nearly 60 hours he suffered purgatorial pains, for he was unable to move, drink, or sleep, and could only squeeze a few pieces of bread and- meat now and then into his mouth. Sometimes he felt himself thrown violently on hand-cars by porters while being transferred from one carriage to another ; at others he was buried beneath a pile of boxes which threatened to crush in his ribs or smash his skull at any moment. At ir.st, after having undergone a time of indescribable torture, of which probably no one has ever before had experience, Herr Zeitung suddenly found himself longer than usual out of a railway van. Then he knew that he had arrived at His destination, but the difficulty was now to extricate himself from this narrow wooden prison. He heard voices and people about him at every minute, and consultations were evidently being held over him, or rather his bpx, which" was lying l»y §n # unusuajly long time without anybody coming to claim it. At last Ue began |to snee,ze and, heard somebody mutter an exclamation. Then he coughed, and'he heard himself tapped overhead. Suddenly the lid of his case was lifted off, and out he jumped, to the amazement, if not the consternation, of "a group of Custom House Officials, The practical douamhra soon recpyei'ed from their' very natural surprise, and taking in the situation, they promptly made a prisoner of the sartorial parcel, and' marched him before their chief officer, who handed Hermann Zeitung over i,o tho police. At tlic station the tailor coolly remarked in (Jerinan that he did not caro about tho consequences of his I action, as he was iu»w in Paris. He also promised the station superintendent to ' repay h.im as soouas he could.'
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A Tailor on Tour., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
A Tailor on Tour. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
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