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HORSE-FLESH AS AN ARTICLE OF FOOD. A lecture on horse-eating w&s mVen at ti>*> n <■ i PaWe » few <t»J» »S» by S. A large number of ladies were amongst the" aud £ nce. Mr. Bicknell commenced his lecture by referring to ths various periods in the history of mankind, dating as far back as the time of Herodotus, 'when tile fle8jj of the horse was considered a lit article for human food. Passing on to the present century, he observed that it had been consumed for many years past in various parts of France, until at length (in the year 1856) the Government legalised the use of it as food • and, after the lapse of a short period, a banquet took place in Paris, at which some two hundred guests sat down, including editors of newspapers, surgeons, physicians, &0., and from that time nippophagv might be regarded as established in that country. Twenty- five shops were now opeu for the sale of the food, and a large number of horues were slaughtered for the pur- pose of being gold therein. There were sixteen coun nea ui which horse-flesh was legally recognised as a wholesome and nourishing edible. These were- Iceland (where it had always been received), Russia j and Denmark (dating from 1807), Wurtemburg (1841), Bavaria ( ), Bsden (1846), Hanover, Bohemia, baxony, Aiwtna, and Belgmm (i847)) Switzerland »nd Prussia (18;>.3), Norway and Sweden (1855), and France ^1866). too that in fact the 0Biy i;upori'aIlt COUntry I in the civlllzed globe where a prejudice still existed against horse-flesh was England and her. the first ? attempt which had been made to introduce it was in tho month of October last, when twenty-two gentle- I men, of whom he was one, joined in a banquet at a 1 celebrated betel *t the West-end, and all went | ———————mo. r away convinced that there was nothing whatever to prevent people eating the new meat as they might any other animal food. At the dinner which took place recently at the Langham Hotel in London, there were some 170 gentlemen present, and on that occasion also the result was, on the whole, most satisfactory. Amongst the various objections raised Hgaxnst the food it was contended that the people would only have the opportunity of eating old and diseased animals— that the flesh was hard, unwholesome, and nasty— that the use of it was forbidden by the Mosaic law- that the horse was the faithful servant of man, and therefore it was cruel to kill him and eat him; and, lastly, there was the strongest objection of all, which had it. origin in prejudice. All these objections he strongly combated, contending that the religious ar- gument was set at naught by the doctrine of bt. -raui, that the sentimental objection was so weak that u would be far better to sacrifice it than depnve the rieoDle of an important article of food; that, as xe- d'SnS • tat there wer. more di.ea.ed »nimal« now thaif there would be (if their flesh became^ ^ceptable to human kind) because they were badly treated. But to obviate any difficulty in that respect, he would have a Government inspection, and much more rigid in its character than was now applied to other animals. After the lecture Mr. Bicknell invited the company into an adjoining room to partake of the new meat, in the form of plain joints, soups, sausages, &c., from an animal whioh he avowed to be twenty-three years old.

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THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE…

DOUBLE MURDER.

MISS MENKEN AND HER CARRIAGE.

The CAUSES of IRISH DISAFFECTION.

THE TRIALS FOR SEDITIOUS LIBELS.

-----A SCENE AT A PARIS STATE…

IRISH CHILDREN AND MR. TRAIN.

THE POPE'S BRIEF ON FEMALE…

■ THE

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ENGLISH FETE AT CANNES.

FRIGHTENING THE CORK POLICE!

----------THE SCOTCHMAN IN…

HORRIBLE MURDER.

AN ITALIAN TRAGEDY.

THE AMERICANS AND THE FENIANI…

- DEATH OF MR. W. HERAPATH.

- EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE.

INCIDENT OF THE AMERICAN WAR.

MEAT PRESERVING IN AUSTRALIA.

A SINGULAR HISTORY.I

MR. ROEBUCK'S DEFENCE of his…

-------------.-MR. COLERIDGE…

THE FAMINE AMONG THE A3ABSJ

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