Competition: name of the date of the Guardian article – week two | Media

To commemorate the bicentennial of The Guardian, we are organizing a readers’ contest. We have selected six stories that have appeared in the last 200 years. There is a link between them, but just to make it a little spicier, we won’t tell you what that link is.

The first of the six stories was reprinted in The Guardian last Friday (May 7).. The second is below, and the other three will follow on May 21, 28 and June 4. On June 11 we will publish the final piece along with the other five, along with a registration form. You must guess the date each of the stories appeared. The first 10 randomly chosen readers who correctly identify the dates (or are closest to them) will receive prizes, including a ticket to a Guardian Masterclass of their choice, a ticket to a Guardian Live event of their choice, and packages. of commemorative gifts. to commemorate the 200th anniversary. All registrations must be received before July 2. Results and a list of winners will appear on July 16. If more than 10 people match all six, the winning names will be pulled out of a hat (possibly metaphorical).

Here is the second story. File it, make a note of your answer, and look for the next story next Friday. Good luck.

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The absinthe drinker

The Pall Mall Gazette has a curious article about absinthe consumption in France. The writer says: The indulgence for absinthe, which is already largely prevalent among all classes of French, threatens to spread as widely in France and be as damaging as the use of opium in China. If a visitor to Paris strolls the boulevards from Madeleine to Bastille on a summer afternoon between 5 and 6 o’clock, which is commonly called “absinthe hour”, they cannot fail to observe hundreds of Parisians. sitting outside the various cafes or lounging at the wine shop counters and drinking this insidious stimulant. In certain cafes, the Café de Bade, for example, of the 50 idlers seated at the small round tables, 45 will find themselves thus engaged.

But it’s not just on the boulevards that absinthe is the 5 o’clock specialty drink. In most of the wine bars of the faubourgs, in the “Quartier Latin” and in the surroundings of the Ecole Militaire, you can see at that specific time workers, students, soldiers, office workers, charbonniers, even chiffoniers, mixing their currents of emerald – Poison stained and watching the fantastic movements of the fluid as it sinks to the bottom of the glass, where it turns from green to an almost milky white, at the moment when the perfumes of the various aromatic plants are released from the that is distilled. .

After the first swallow of this poison, which Dr. Legrand, who has studied its effects, declares to be one of the greatest scourges of our time, it seems that you lose your feet and ascend into a limitless realm with no horizon. You probably imagine that you are going in the direction of infinity, while simply drifting towards the incoherent.

Absinthe affects the brain unlike any other stimulant; it produces neither the heavy intoxication of beer, the furious intoxication of brandy, nor the exultant intoxication of wine. It is an ignoble poison, not destroying life until it has more or less brutalized its devotees and turned them into idiots.

There are two kinds of absinthe drinkers. He who, after getting used to it for a short time, devotes himself to drinking it in considerable quantities, when delirium suddenly manifests itself. The other is more regular and at the same time more moderate in his libations; but on them the effects, although necessarily more gradual, are no less certain.

First-class absinthe drinkers are often loud and aggressive during the drunken period, which also lasts much longer than the intoxication produced by spirits or wine, and is followed by extreme depression and a feeling of fatigue insuperable. from. After a while, the digestive organs become upset, the appetite continues to decrease until it is completely lost and an intense thirst takes its place.

Now there is a constant feeling of discomfort, a painful anguish, accompanied by sensations of vertigo and tingling in the ears; and as the day declines, hallucinations of sight and hearing begin. A desire to withdraw from friends and acquaintances takes hold of the victim, on whose face strong signs of concern can be seen; his mind is oppressed by settled melancholy, and his brain is affected by the kind of slowness that indicates impending idiocy.

During your most active moments, you continually see either some imaginary pursuer from which you are eager to escape, or the imaginary whistleblower of some crime you dream of having committed. From these ghosts he flies to hide, or passionately advances towards them protesting his innocence. At this stage, the result is certain and dissolution is seldom long delayed.

The first symptom of concern for the habitual absinthe drinker is a peculiar muscle disorder, beginning with irregular twitching of the lips and facial muscles and tremors in the arms, hands, and legs. These are currently accompanied by tingling, numbness, and a distinct loss of physical power; the hair falls out, the countenance becomes pale and sad, the body thin, the skin wrinkled and of a yellowish tinge; all, in short, indicates a marked decline.

Simultaneously with all this, a brain injury occurs; sleep is increasingly disturbed by dreams, nightmares, and sudden awakenings; Ordinary illusions, followed by dizziness and headaches, eventually give rise to painful hallucinations, delirium in its most depressing form, hypochondria, and marked speech impediment. In the end, total loss of intellect, general paralysis, and death ensue.

Paris has its absinthe drinking clubs, whose members pledge to be intoxicated without any other stimulant and even not to drink any other liquids, the only promises, it is believed, that they do not violate. They meet every day in some designated meeting place at a certain time, and proceed to dissipate their energies and their pennies in gulps of that fatal poison that fills the public and private asylums of Paris.

These absinthe clubs are certainly not numerous, but liquor stores abound in every neighborhood of the city where it can be said that absinthe is the basic drink; and lately there have been several that, to attract the youth of Paris, dispense the insidious drink at the hands of pretty women.

In the French army, the cheapest quality absinthe drink and, of course, the most harmful of all, used to prevail to such an extent that military and medical commissions were appointed to report on the practice and the resulting effects of it. . The events that came to light were so alarming that the government not only formally banned its use, but did everything possible to keep it out of the reach of soldiers.

In Paris and other garrison cities, these efforts were not particularly successful; but he did badly with the followers of the expeditionary corps’ camps in Algeria, or in Châlons or other parts of France where temporary camps were formed, which by chance were detected in the supply of absinthe to the troops. In the French navy its consumption is strictly prohibited, not only by ordinary sailors, but also by officers.

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