Some tribes of Tartars have used horse flesh for food from time immemorial; and those who have partaken of it assert it is equal to beef for flavor and nntriment. It is now extensively used in most all the kingdoms and cities of continental Europe, especially in Austria and Prussia, where it is sold in the markets under the surveillence of the police. In Berlin alone, 350 horses are annually slaRghtered for their flesh, and the Germans appear to be growing fast into genuine hip-pophagists. A strong prejudice was manifested against this flesh when its nse was proposed, a few years since, in Germany, but this feeling seems to have vanishe In regard to this question, a writer in Blackwood'. Magazine says:— "Difficult as it may be to overcome a prejudice, no array of ignorance can prevent the establishment of a truth which is at once easily demonstrable and immediately beneficial. Prejudice may reject horse flesh, as it long rejected tea and potatoes. If horses are eaten, why not donkeys? The Greeks ate donkeys, and we muet suppose they had their reasons for it. Has any modern stomach been courageous enough to try?"
This article was originally published with the title "Horse Flesh as Food"