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- THS SRHsX OF TXXCFE2UOXX ' Few person are sware that the term soda-water, as representative mt th eoastitaents of tb great American beverage. a a saiauom st ; ta watenUat.but mrrv Ve-wtr impregnated with eaxboni acid gaa, Tbs sad aad authentic eeda-water went eat base staes, having bsea sop-planted by a nectar heaped with areamy foam, of which even a Jupiter might wary exeaaahly drink to exoeos. Th harrerag. bow a universal Snrnmer lunry. M stated t havs first auade its appearance iu Philadelphia about tbsywarlftTT. Dr. JaTsks, then a draggast m to have beea first to selllt From Philadelphia it atad its way to New-York, where It appeared- stated by experts th ensuing Summer ; aad from New-York it was carried to New-Or-lsaaa, Havana, Mexico City aad the Southern and aemi-tropeal ettiea tn general. Setarsasan bntbeatlcany ascertained. Hew-York. In hl-torical order, was first sdpt tbe Philadelphia Invention, which is attributed to Dr. Jatses Southern, semi-tropical, and tropical cities introducing it from the metropolis, t '. ' Ansoarnoa or soda-watks. . The consumption ef tbs beverage ta New-York: and It rrcandlng still ranks first tn tbe world, though Boston tipple lavishly at tbe fountain, and all American cine are unstinted m absorption of the exhilarating fluid. Btiu. atranae ta aay. th great el ties of Kurop have Just begun Its introduction ss a staple, and, uati. tbe days of the Parts Exposition, the fountain mt fix waa comparatively unknown to Europeans. The great influx of Americana to Paris during tbe Exposition period led to tbs erection of soda fountain la' numbers la Paris, and, from being an Americanism m beverages, soda water became, la a eertaio sense, cosmopolitan. Llmltedly; tbe fountain bad previ-oaaly become a London Institution, but only llmltedly, while ia Paris it waa almost wholly unknown, aad, la German cities, wholly ao. Tbe Expaiiiiia wss effective tn giving aa impulse to European consumption, and tourist an that It ia now possible to obtain a gates ef tbe flss in almost any European town ; while, previous to tbe Exposition period, except in capital dties. tbe name of tbe beverage even was a word without moaning a result due mostly, it not wholly, to the Exposition. It is undoubtedly true that there is a national ity in beverage. Germane ef long residence tn this country srs not, ss a rule, addicted to the fountain, preferring lager . instead ; and, gen erally speaking, foreigners retain tbeir home bred preference for ale or light wines. Tbe consumption o soda-water by tbs foreign element ta, in a word, very limited ; and when water impregnated with carbonic acid gas is used at all, tbe different mineral waters la the market are demanded. Tbe American element (native) is, oa tbe other band, devoted to tbe fountain persona In tbe habit of drinking half a dosen glasses a day being not at aU exceptional customers at tbe counter. ' ' XLTMI.VATIOlf or lbmoxadb. A shrewd expert in the fruit trade ventured. not long since, tbe remark that tbe trade In lem ons bad been greatly lessened within the past ten year by reason of the large consumption of lager. Tbe diminution of tbe traffic is a received fact ; but It is scarcely probable that lager ia wholly or even mostly responsible for it. Lemonade has become an obsolete or obsolescent beverage, but mostly, one may conjecture, through tbe general consumption of soda-water rather than through the general substltation ef lager. In fact, lager hi not generally kept on draft xn saloons mostly frequented by Americana ; though there ia no doubt that New-York-era of an nativities consume ale per capita to a far greater extent than formerly, which has re sulted, perhaps, from tbe increased cost of good liquors. The consumption of ales has, however. had little effect la reducing the consumption of lemonade; and, again, lemonade wss never a pet beverage among Germans, who, having b.ougbt lager to this country, bave eentaaaed their exeeaslve consumption of It. Were statistics attainable. It would be found that a very small percentage of the body of lager consumed her is to be credited t the native American consumer. On tb other hand, le monad waa once almost tbe American Summer beverage- was to be obtained everywhere, as Is the ease with soda-water at present. With the native American element, within the past tea years there has been a gradual Ki1""l"g ef tbe former in favor of tbe Latter; and to this fact ret to tbe consumption of lager Is ao doubt to be attributed tbe gradual lessening of tbe lemon trade, which has puzzled fruit-dealer aad Im porters. 1 thx btodbbji HBurxnr. The Arab to his sherbet, tbe American to hla soda fountain, and tbe soda fountain is almost as distinctively American ss sherbet is Arable or oriental. In the crudity of its first manufac ture it would never have become popular, owing to certain medical objections to tbs free ns ef it, or of tbe soda with which it was impregnated. and even now the term soda-water renders It distrusted tn some quarters. Tbe fact Is. how ever, that tbe element of soda has been alto gether eliminated, except.in a few instances in which the old formula of manufacture ia adhered to, and tbe stock really consists of only two elements, to wit. carbonic acid gas and water. If mere water is pro, then soda-water is poetry. for. If In aU forms of matter there be aa imagin ative element, that element Is constituted by the e tbe really subtle and powerful gasiform sub stance. In a word, the impregnating gas is to soda-water what tbs lmpregnatisg Imagination ia to poetry; and soda-water; with cream es pecially, ia par trcrfltnm th poets la drtnka. Helicon sever produced mors gently exhilaraat draughts ; Olympian Jupiter on a symposium, as painted ia Homeric hexameter.' never got tipsy ea fluid aaor seductively deneioaa, and it is scarcely a wonder that lemonade, which had no foam and fizz of romaac about it, has yielded place to It, tn eombtnatioa with lemon-svrnp. which sscnrss ta on sll tbs deUemosaess of both. - i oca srmarKa bxvtbage. Tbe soda-water season cannot b said to bave actually begun aa yet; rmt ta dally eoeaump- tloa Is sttn very heavy. Heavier and heaviar it win wax as warm, red-blooded, paaalonate J draws nearer and near r ; and heavier stmwin be tbs demand through fiery July, sultry August and dreamy September, untii October, range-hooded, conclude th soda-water months ; aad the fountain of flax, like so many bill put pal ace, disappear from counter. Disappear, with few exeepciena, it may be sdded; tor, within tbe past thrss years, aa attempt has been made te tntrodace hot soda water, and seems likely to be Iimltedly successful. Ia tb few instance where it has beea dispensed during tbs past Winter, it has proved i aiinersttr saongti to iadnce the eonclnaion that axt winter win witness a mors general adoption of it, Tbs great perfcetioa te wines ders ta adoption of soda-water (hot! a a Winter beverage less problematical than would at first appear. Than water Imprecated with tioa with tb syrap that prevaOod four years since nothing mors insipid could well be iauur- Sjdoatloa af eoffe as a syrup has. of hoc soda- la dn sasooawBosoabLtea aad other weil-sdsptsd flavors vUl when tnjwess. alogn will be complete, aad safncisstly varied sar geaaral popularity. , , wrra casAat oa wrraorr. Tbey was recall th enVfashloead fountain, with Ita slngi nortlo, will reaneasber when Wmt am syrup constituted ta oi syrup in oaa. Thi aauoa mo Mavaaoe a eapted several years. Ia aorta water, which l annrrrTiMasTT i the sniy yran Pinc-sppl aad rruii being unknown in ' saaaa avast tataaasca mt CisisaHlia toed. Tbe water feasible; aad

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 08 May 1870, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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