SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#14 - DENMARK
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss
|Reverse - Text
YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
Danes are of the Scandinavian race, but the sea flows between them and
Norway and Sweden. Like their brethren of these nations, they are
blond, strong, healthy and rugged. They are tireless in work, but
somewhat too serious minded for ardent pleasure seekers. Rough and
ready, they are nevertheless gentle at heart. Their blue eyes now
kindle with resentment, then melt with love. In the summer when they
may take a cessation from labor, they relax sufficiently throughout
nearly the whole country to pay one visit at least to Copenhagen. The
occasion is the Fair. In the winter they share with neighboring nations
the delights of the ice. Oftentimes the frozen waters are utilized
however more for the purposes of commerce than of pleasure.
|The Copenhagen Fair
is held in a grove bordering that city. It is held near a well, which
people originally visited because of superstitious veneration for the
efficacy of its waters, Tents for the accommodation of all classes are
pitched, and a great number of booths are erected. Wild beasts from all
parts of the globe are exhibited. Exhibitions of horsemanship,
rope-dancing, sleight-of-hand, wax-works and numerous entertainments
are given. Even foreign dramas are enacted. On special evenings the
gates of Copenhagen are left open so that the inhabitants may enjoy the
benefits of the well, and the pleasures of the park.
|Swans are numerous
round the small islands of the Baltic. It used to be the custom to
surround these islands in pinnaces, close in on them and kill the swans
by the hundreds. The flesh is worthless but the feathers and down were
preserved. These battues once so popular have become less so.
|Salmon fishing is the
favorite angling sport of the Danes; rowing is a pastime dear to both
the male and female heart.
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