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The Frenchman's face was .hacked and notched. "Have you been a duellist?" one asked. "No. no," the man replied. "I have been a champagne maker." He touched his face. "These honourable nicks," he said, "are champagne scars." "Champagne sears," he went on, "decorate the visages of all the workers In the underground champagne mills of Bheinis. They are caused by the bursting of the bottles. About one bottle of champagne in every ten bursts-. "There are miles and miles of champagna caves in Hhelms. caves cut In the solid limestone rocli, where, in a constant temperature of 45 degrees, millions of bottles of wine refine and ripen. ' _ "The workers down there smell nothing but champagne all day long, champagne escaping from burst bottles. And as the turners move along the racks—each turns 35,000 bottles daily—-they are continually saluted with explosions. Bang! And the glass splinters fly, and a little fountain of champagne perfumes the damp air. "Day after day each bottle must he turned, turned 50 times altogether,-till-the sediment, in it has all mounted up and concentrated itself about the cork. Then the cork-

tera remove tSe cotks, let the sedimentthickened in the neck of the bottia blow off, and Mffifufly replace the coefc again. "The corker*' and turners' work U» daft* gerous. These then are* nearly all scarrCA rSkg»nr." -. - - - t

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CHAMPAGNE SCARS., Auckland Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 131, 2 June 1906

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CHAMPAGNE SCARS. Auckland Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 131, 2 June 1906

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