The Charlotte News
Monday, November 18, 1940
Site Ed. Note: One obvious omission by Cash occurs in "Nazi Menu", that of rattlesnake...
For the other editorial of this date re Carolina-Duke football, Cash-style, see "In Ecstasy--Hymn Done In Imitation of the Dithyrambic Manner".
If the British Ever Get Mad, Cologne Is in For It
The restraint of the Royal Air Force in confining itself purely to military objectives in Germany has been admirable. But after the cold, methodical terrorism of the attack on Coventry Thursday night, a great many people in Britain must be feeling pretty frustrated. And certainly a good case can be made out against the policy of allowing the German people to believe that they can indulge in the sort of thing which went on at Coventry, which has been going on in London, without paying in kind.
British retaliation would be supremely easy. The Rhine cities are in easy reach, Cologne for instance. It is a town of nearly one million people, with great industrial establishments which make it a proper military objective. It has the most notable and beautiful cathedral in Germany, a country poor in monuments. And its central section is crowded and compact so the British bombers could do quite as much execution in it as the Nazis did at Coventry.
The Nazis have been saying sardonically that they are engaged in slum-clearence in the English cities.
But of Cologne Coleridge once wrote:
The river Rhine, it is well-known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne:
But tell me, nymphs! What power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?
It isn't that bad now, but it has its full share of slums. Nobody could blame the British if they decided to clean them up.
The Herrenvolk Make One Singular Omission
Never having tasted their meat, we can't swear that it is good. But pioneer Americans apparently ate it with relish and some Americans still tackle it occasionally. Once, indeed, we recall seeing bear steak on the menu of a celebrated hotel. And from the price tag hung to it we gather that it was offered as a rare delicacy.
So the Germans are making no great departure in legalizing the meat of ursus for human consumption--well, more or less human, anyhow. And as for the horse, there is really no particular reason why the horse should be barred from the menu of Homo Sap save finickiness. Frenchmen of the poorer orders eat horse meat regularly in peace-time, and that should make it good enough for a Nazi at anytime.
The meat is said to be a little stringy and tough, but the same holds for the aging bulls which furnish what we sometimes by as cote de veau.
And when you come right down to it, is a Nazi better than an American Indian? Obviously not. Yet a good, fat, roast dog was the favorite dish of Lo in the old days and for all we know may still be. And if you once decide to get down dog, why even it is only another step to fox and beyond that to beaver. After all did we ever have a long steady look at the luscious oyster in his native state?
One omission of the Nazis, however, puzzles us. The cat is left off the menu. Cat we have heard substitutes very nicely for rabbit. Are the Nazis superstitious about those nine lives?
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