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HOW TO THAVKf. UHKAVI.Y IN KWKOl'K
Jiaedeker is still classic. It will always be
sin ud vantage to purchase the text, in tin:
language of the country in which you
travel, if you yourself are muster of it;
thus you will find yourself in possession
of the proper local designations for the
ful statement of your affairs, public anil
private, past, present anil future. No
sooner iliil the eyes of mine host with
whom 1 hail heretofore conversed in Gcr
man fall upon the mngie word "A meriea "
in my signature, than instantly his whole
objects of interest. A. careful study of being underwent a change he had evi
the guide-book, together with ugood map,
will make you independent of all assist'
ancc on the part of guides.
On reaching a city, deposit your travel,
ing-bag with the J'ortier, who, for a fee
of live cents, will become responsible for
it until you return. Thus freed from all
luggage, launch forth into the heart of the
town. Head over the list of hotels in
your book, but be sure to avoid them all.
Never patroni.e hotels; they ate to ex
pensive for you. Search out a modest
looking (hmthauK or Inn, and apply for
lodgings. Won't he frightened by its exter
nal appearance; you will generally 11 ml
a neat, quiet room, a clean bud, and sub
stantial consolation for the inner man,
at one-fourth the usual hotel rules.
Always bargain beforehand lor every.!
thing, from a sheet of letter paper to your
lodgings, and then pay for the latter in
advance; lor even a distinct bargain will
avail you but littie, without this latter
precaution. It is amazing what poor mem.
ories these people have, and a still more
remarkable psychological phenomenon,
that this versatile faculty alwuys wavers
in favor of its possessor, who will demand
thrice the stipulated amount, when you
come to leave, with a blandness uurivuled
by that celebrated heathen, Ah Sin. An
incident in my own experience will illus
trate this facetious humor of the average
German Wirth. In Frankfort, recently, I
applied for lodgings in a small Ga&lhuua,
The terms being satisfactory, after supper
I proceeded to register and pay the bill.
The ceremony of registering in a Ger
man Gaathnua is as formidable an ordeal
now, as in the days of that sprightly
Fraulein, Minna Von Barnholm. You
are expected to present an abstract of your
" genealogical tree," together with a cure-
dcntly made a mistake in asking a for.
eigncr the customary price, that cruelly
shocked his every principle of good econ
omy and business integrity. With an air
of apology for not, sooner recognizing our
dignity, lit! proceeded with admirable
promptness to demand three times the
amount agreed upon, and no amount of
jogging of his memory could prevail up
on it to rceogni.c our pievious conversa
tion. It would be very unkind ami un
grateful, however, to brand these idiosyn
cracies with such harli epithets as " ly.
ing" or "dishonesty." Heaven forfend!
It is really intended as a hospitable dis
tinction, paid to the foreign visitor, who
is supposed to be seeking relief from the
burden of his superfluous gold.
Tht! English traveler is heartily hated lor
hisselfishness,bul tolerated for his money.
The euphonious title of "Golden Ass,"
with which the Italian hasciiiistened him,
may not be altogether unmerited.
The American traveler is less hated,
and also less liked, than his r'uglish broth,
er. He is pronounced a" queer one," and
u somewhat parsimonious customer with,
al He is commonly known as the '' dick
The German traveler takes a trip for a
fortnight of a hundred miles into some
adjoining district, is yrceu and good-natured,
boasts of his generosity and open
handedness, and is, of course, beautiful
ly fleeced, even by his affectionate coun
trymen. The Yankee, on the othei hand,
has a constitutional antipathy to being
cheated; hence he shocks and annoys
people horridly by his impudent and
unconventional interrogations. This trait
is really self-respect instead of stinginess;
for the American spends six-fold more for
hospitality and enjoyment tlutu his Gei-
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