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KENDAL FARMERS' CLUB.......................part #3
Some years ago I was anxious to ascertain whether the Kendal beer, which is drunk at times so freely, and which seems from its effects to be as strong as the Brown, was really pure and unadulterated.  Accordingly, I procured four samples of it from four different public-houses in the town, at which I was informed there was by far the largest consumption, and I sent them to DR. HASSELL, the eminent analytical chemist, eminent especially for his analysis of all articles of food and rink.  The result was very different to what I and many others expected.
We expected that the analyses would reveal the presence of various ingredients, which I need not now particularise, but which stimulate thirst to a great extent:  but the report was that in none of the four samples could any of these noxious ingredients be detected;  that the beer was pure and unadulterated.  But then came this very important statement, which went at once to the root of the matter;  these four beers, or rather we will call them by the more dignified name of ale, were just about half as strong again as the ordinary ales and porters sold in London.  So you see, my inquiry brought out two important facts - the strength of the Beer and the honesty of the Brewer.
I will take yet another sample of Kendal manufacturre, and then the next which follows will bring me to my subject.  I was in the north of Ireland this last summer, and wishing to encourage in a small way the native manufactures, I told my friend at whose house I was staying that I should like to get a real genuine article of Irish make.
He told me I couldn't do better than get an Irish frieze great coat;  that for warmth, power of resisting wet, and all the other good qualities, whatever they may be, which a good great coat ought to have, there was nothing like them to be got out of the Emerald Isle.
Accordingly, I went to MR. M'GEE, a well-known tailor in Belfast, and ordered one of these same coats;  but like all
other coats, it required to be lined, and as you are all well aware lining is an article in which there is great choice.   "We have nothing as good as this,"  said MR. M'GEE, pointing to some nice soft material, from a large roll of which one of  his men was in the act of cutting off what was necessary for the lining of another coat that was making for somebody else.
"That's the very thing,"  said I,  "how beautifully soft it is.  Where do you get it from "  I hope it's of Irish manufacture."
"No sir, I'm sorry to say it isn't.  We're obliged to come across to your side of the channel for it  --  we can't get anything as good here;  and in fact there's only one place in England where we can get it all.  We get it from a town called Kendal  --  perhaps you know the place."
He then went on to tell me the name of the firm from whom he got it, but I shan't particularize, as that would be invidious.  But of course I made a note of the celebrity of Kendal.
And now, you will say it's about time I should be getting to my subject.  So think I;   and we won't be long about it.
to be continued.......................................................................