—From “The Prudent Jack-Rabbit,” An editorial in the December 19, 1903, issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Gravy holds a place in the American heart very near to that occupied by pie and to that occupied by buckwheat cakes with molasses. The Senator says that “gravy” is hurrying us to ruin, and that worse even than its common and humble form is its fashionable disguise as a “sauce.”
Coffee gone and tea going; milk under suspicion and water in dispute; bread proclaimed the stuff of death, cakes banished, pastry proclaimed; most meats forbidden and most vegetables posted as more or less poisonous — clearly, we shall soon be living, like the jack-rabbit, on an occasional bit of dry grass, boxed and sold as “health food.”
Well, the jack-rabbit manages to keep alive and to keep moving. And what more can anyone ask?
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