WHEN THE ICHTHYOPHAGOUS DINES.
A club under this poly^yllabillic name was started a few yeatß ago in New York with the intention of tasting all the unlasted beasts and fishes, in the hope, perhaps, that they would discover a new delicacy for the jaded pa'ates of those who had never known hunger, or what it was to work f r a meal before eating it. The club mcc- for a number of years, and as a sample of ths kind of diet sometimes provided, it may be mentioned that not only were '* lug worms" (as they are termed in England) prepared, but were actually eaten, f ied in ba'ter. The following amusing verses, printed on the menu of the 1884 dinner, were written by Mr F. Mather, and fully explain the spirit and scope ot the Ichthyophagous Club : — When the Ichthyophagous dines There'll be many a curious dish Of things ne'er caught with lines, And not at all like fish — Steaks of porpoise ond ribs of whales, Salmi of musk-rat and beaver tails, Aspic of jelly-fish, octopus stew, Shark -fin soup and gurry-gur-roo, When the Ichthyophagous dine 3. For the Ichthyophagous eats All things that, live in the sea — Slimy crawlers instead of meat?, Unusual to you and me. Menobranchus from out the lakes, Mud puppies, turtles and water snakes, Deviled hell-bender with sauce helgramite, Garfish older than trilobite, When the Ichthyophagous dices. There will come to this ichthyic feast-, Thiogs that crawl, or swim, or squirm, The fish, Ihe scaphiopus beast, And the arenmocs worm. The garrulons frog and the frisky skate, The batrachiai toad-fish with flattened pate, The flying-fish with hyaline win?, Will come with sea nettles, which prick and sting, When the Ichthyophagous dines. The eel and 'he sturgeon will come, And the lamprey with h's nine eyps, The swordfish and croaking drum, And the sculpin with look of surprise. The gurnard will walk arm-in-arm with the dab, The horsefoot will wal z with the great spider crab, The sullen-eyed angler will ogle the sprat, And the devil-fish twine the shrimps round his hat-, When tho Ichthyophagous dines. The fiddler crab 3 will fiddle To the crowd so strange and weird. And the prawns dance down the middle Whi'e the mus?el strokes his beard. The oysters will swim in cuttlefish ink, The starfish will tip the soft clam a wink, Perriwinkles served in skilly-go-lee, A sight worth footing it miles to see, When the Ichihyophagous dines. When the Ichthyophagous dines. There' il be queer prog to eat ; The U3ual thing in the way of winefa And a single course of meat. Tho lobster will come in his coat of mail ; Weak stomachs will shrink from eating the pnai', But the brave ones will sample every dish, Whether water-snake, musk-rat, snail or fish. When the Ichthyophagous dines.
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