Chapter 30: Crusaderessing.
Great is the evil, wild are the efforts made by Americans
to cure the evil of intemperance.
Springing from English and German fathers, the Americans
come of a race among whom free tippling was a pious rite and social courtesy, as well as the gratification of a physical appetite.
Our gods were hard drinkers as well as strong fighters; and the lovely shield-maidens and wish-maidens who enchanted our fallen heroes, had the duty of pouring out horns of mead and ale. We denizens of earth were quick to follow the example of our gods and heroes in their House of Joy. Teutonic love of ale and mead survived the fall of Odin
and his wish-maidens; taking shape under the new faith as church-ales and grace-cups.
We have our God-speeds and stirrup-cups; our Lent ales, Lammas ales, and Christmas
We drink at christenings; at weddings,