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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1902)
tht Popular Brink
Sofka, the national drink of the
Creek Indians of the Indian Territory,
Is to them what the mint Julep Is to
the native Kentuckian. It is made of
corn and water. There are three kinds
plain, sour and white. The latter
two are fancy mixed drinks. The re
cent Invasion by white people of the
domain of the Creek Indians has popu
larized sofka until the fashion of
drinking it has spread all over the
southwest, and it promises to become
an equal favorite with the mint Julep
and whisky sour.
Indians have a dish made expressly
for sofka. When an Indian wants a
sofka dish he goes to the woods, hews
down a hickory tree and cuts there
from a block ten inches thick. In one
side of this block he hollows out a
bowl shaped cavity six inches deep and
makes the inside as smooth as pos
sible. In this vessel the Indian places
his corn, and with a pestle, which is
sometimes made of stone, but more
commonly of hard hickory, he pounds
the corn until it Is a coarse meal. Then
he takes some kind of fan or some
thing which will take its place, and
fans the broken grains until all the
husks fly away. If the broken grains
are uneven in size he takes out the
larger grains and beats them into a
A potful of hot water and two quarts
of meal are used in making sofku.
When the corn and water have been
placed over the fire, take some vessel
having perforations in the sides or bot
tom and put in It some clean wood
ashes. Then nearly fill the vessel with
water. Hold this vessel over the pot
containing the meal, and let the lye
made by the water soaking through
the ashes drip into the sofka. Then
the mixture isallowed to boll for from
three to five hours. It is next set aside
and not drunk for days later." This is
The sour sofka is made in the same
way, but the mixture is set aside un
til' it has soured or fermented. ThU
soured mixture is the popular drink
among the full-blooded element. White
sofka is made from white .corn and
tastes much better. The Indians have
a fine white corn which they raise ex
clusively for this purpose. In making
write sofka the grains are cooked
whole and" the flakes are eaten later
after having been boiled In the water
and lye. The corn Is then known as
The Indians cat with their sofka a
dish known as blue dumplings, which
are quite as necessary as cheese and
crackers with beer. In the making of
blue dumplings two cups of cornmeal
are used, a half teaspoonful of baking
soda and a small quantity 6f butter.
The meal and soda are mixed thor
oughly. Enough butter is used to make
the meal hold together and it is rolled
into little balls. These little balls are
dropped Into a pot of boiling water,
boiled for from three to five minute,
removed with a spoon and served hot.
The dish Is fit for any palate.
"Aren't you "just a little envious of
that younger sister of yours?" was
asked a young lady at a Lincoln party
one evening recently. The catechised
was a young lady "whose years in -society
are numbered by no less than
half a-dozen. "Her day of extreme pop
ularity had passecl. and on one finger
rest's a telltale solitaire. The question .
was put as the younger sister, who is
beginning her second season, swept out
of the room surrounded by half a
dozen young men, vielng with each
other in an effort to be extremely en
tertaining. "Not a bit of it," came the quick
response. "I am glad to see her have
such a good time. She's" experiencing
the height of Joyous excitement right
now. She's having the best time of
her life, at this moment. I enjoy my
self in her enjoyment, but I don't
want any of it myself.
"There was a time when I was just
as delighted with all that attention as
she Is. For the first two years In so
ciety I liked nothing better than to
have a horde of young men about me
all the time. I wanted to go to every
thing, and use to vie with the other
young ladles In an effort to gather
about me a large following. But I
soon tired of that sort of thing, as
does every young lady.
"There comes a time In "the life of
every girl with some it arrives earlier
than it does with others when she
prefers a few good friends to a horde
of passing acquaintances. I am more
contented with my four or five real
substantial friends, on whom I can
rely at all times, than my sister Is
with her dozen or more less reliable
"Why should I be envious of her?
She's enjoying herself just as I did
four and five years ago. I'm having
more real enjoyment right now than
she Is, although it is of a different
sort, and In four years from now she
will be talking Just as I am this even
ing." Police What first called your atten
tion to the fact that your house had
She J missed my hand-mirror.
Jaggles The necessaries of life are
dearer today than they ever were.
Waggles Nonsense. Divorces are ad
vertised for HO. and .bankruptcy pro
ceedings for $100.
Mother "Come, Willie, this is Miss
D'Arcy, your new governess. Won't
you give her a kiss?" Willie "No, no,
ma; I'd rather not. Papa kissed her
yesterday, and she slapped him."
She sighed dolorously.
"What js it, sweetheart?" he asked,
"Only think, dearest," she answered,
a sob in her voice, '"this is the last
evening we can be together until tomorrow."
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