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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Austria - hoop racing, theatre, bathing

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OF all peoples the Austrians are the most sociable. Their hospitality is famous, their courtesy is most profound and their care and solicitude of the stranger within their gates is proverbial. They are a laughter-loving race, and if any charge may be made against them, it is that they are not disposed to take life seriously enough. In casual intercourse, however, no people can be more charming than the Austrian.
"Reifrennen" or hoop-racing is a popular diversion. Many clubs have been formed to pursue this sport. A specially arranged course has been laid out in the Prater for Hoop-racing. The Prater is the famed pleasure ground near Vienna. This course is called the Freudenau, "The Meadow of Pleasure." Races of professionals and amateurs are run here on Wednesdays and Sundays. The only condition is the trundling of a hoop throughout the race. Even the children are experts at this sport.
Bathing is a great summer amusement indulged in by large masses of the people. So enormous are the crowds that visit this delightful resort, that though there are bathing houses by the thousand, some pleasure seekers are forced to wait hours for accommodation. Bath-houses on wheels are universally used as being most convenient.
"Touristen" Outing Clubs exist throughout Austria and they have a beautiful custom of climbing the mountains at the beginning of Summer. Prizes and honors await the person arriving first at the summit. Gala-days are many in Austria, and then the populace give themselves up to pleasure. These days are generally fetes in the Church Calendar. The Austrian lays his plans systematically for such occasions, the theatre invariably winds up the sport of a gala-day, though be it understood, that as the Austrians are inveterate theatre-goers, they do not wait for gala-days to attend.

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