Daily Alaska Dispatch, August 4, 1900. By “patties” the author here means pâtés, as the next paragraph will show. It’s inferable that he is unaware that French people had been in the regular habit of eating horseflesh since the Revolution (when it was both a good source of protein and an anti-aristocratic gesture).
I wonder what kind of lab work was behind the determination that it was horse, not goose? Again, it seems like our reporter doesn’t understand that the scandal here related to Perdon’s misrepresentation of his wares rather than the violation of a taboo against eating horses, which did not pertain locally.
I will confess at this point that as a starving student, I prepared more than a few mélanges hippophagiques myself. The local boucherie chévaline was too good a bargain to pass up, and it didn’t make any detectable difference in a batch of spaghetti sauce or chili.
And now that I’ve rendered myself unfit for polite society, I’ll just take my hat and go.