Punch,  56 (1869), 138.

A New American Drink, or Americanised Claret





Adulteration, Cultural Geography, Chemistry, Politics

    Begins by claiming that the American variety of adulteration involves the 'simple substitution of sham for reality' and proceeds to discuss an extract from a report in the British Medical Journal about Dr Van der Weyde of the Polytechnic Association of the American Institute, who described a method of making claret using water and wood-shavings. Ends by noting that an 'eminent statesmen' has celebrated the fact that 'we are Americanising all of our institutions', but warns that this will mean 'going beyond' merely adulterating commodities.

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