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Men As Things

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Parent Issue
Day
6
Month
January
Year
1881
Copyright
Public Domain
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Everybody knows the tram. How few, however, are aware that the street railroads are sonamed froni the inyentor Outram. Originally they were called the Outram way. Then the tírst syllable of the name was omitted and the present form adopted. In France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, the term "tram" has been import ed with the thing, although the Germana sometimes name it Pferdeeisenbahn (a-horst-on-an-iron-road). ?hen, again, there is Macadam, who ïas given his name to a special kind f road making. A road is said to be macadamized," and a portion of it is a bit of macadam." Carriages of all orts are named after men. Nobody an walk a hundred yards in the rowded thoroughfares of London without hearing "Hansom!" hailed. lansom does not answer. He has ong since crossed the Styx in the erry boat;but his patent safety cab ndures as a memento of him who was our flrst London gondolier. Oriinally we find that people talked of iding in a "patent safety" It was uite itnproper at that time for a lady o bail, or at least, to ride in "a patent afety." Al'terwards the vehicle was alled a "Hansom safety," and finally ;hemanbecameathing. A "Hansom" s now as much an institution of Lonon as a góndola is of Venice. A Brougham" and a "Victoria" are ehicles in everyday use, the one amed after the versaüle Chancellor, he other after our Sovereign Lady. In Phaeton" we have a more illustrious ame than that of a Lord Chancellor r even a Queen ; lor was not Phaeton on of Apollo and Clymene, ne of theOceanides? Again, so proaic and modern a mode of conveyauce sa rail way train ordinarily has a Pullman" attached to it. In articles of apparel the same prosss is observable. If it rainsone puts n a "Mackintosh ;" and perhaps, wears ne's "Wellingtons1' or one's "Bluchers." f one goes to a ball or party, or to an pera or a theatre, one wears a "Gi bus." Vhen the "Gibus." was first invented t wns called the crush opera hat; but n process of time, the name of the naker superseded the description of he hat, as it did in the case of the Hansom." It must have been a jroud day for the Frenen hatter when ie flrst experienced the pleasure of ïearing his invention spoken of as s himself. In certain kinds of drinks man (or a woman) stands for a thing. Yobody thinks of asking for a bottle f Moet's campagne. He asks for Moet." So he asks for "Cliquot," or Reoderer," or "Perrier Jouet," or Mumm,Mor"Heidsick." Other wines tie named after the place, or district, r country whence they come (or are upposed to come) ; but with champagne the man's trade-raark is the man. In the same way "Bass," and "Allsop," and "Guinness," are always

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Old News
Ann Arbor Democrat