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AN ANCIENT MEAL

A proposal has been made that 20 million tins of food shall be stored in secret dumps for emergency use in war-time, states a London journal. But will it keep?

There seems no doubt about the answer if we may judge by the way in which beef has been preserved in airtight tins. The curator of Pickering Museum in Hull has had a tin of beef opened U3 years after it was sealed, and the brave man who ate a little declared that it tasted fresh. Pie suffered no ill effects after his ancient meal. ' ■

The beef had been-taken on Sir Edward Parry's Arctic Expedition as part of the stores on board the Fury. Sir Edward sailed in 1824, and his ship was lost the following year. The tins of beef now in Hull Museum were left on a desolate spot known as Fury Beach, and remained there till 1831, when Captain James Ross found them while on a similar expedition. Two years after, Captain Ross was picked up by a Hull ship.

The War Office announces that Sir Harold Gillies, C.8.E., F.R.C.S., has been appointed honorary consulting surgeon in plastic surgery to the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, MiUbank, London

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AN ANCIENT MEAL Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 47, 24 August 1937

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