GREAT BRITAIN: And Not a Drop to Drink

The barbaric American custom of drinking water with meals washed up to the House of Commons last week. Craggy, grey-haired M.P. Eleanor Rathbone and American-born Lady Astor protested that U.S. soldiers were being denied water by British waiters (who, like all European waiters, spring from a line of camels and believe it is sacrilege to mix water and food at the same time). U.S. soldiers, said M.P. Eleanor, were being forced to order mineral waters and beer with their meals. The Government pondered the case, passed it off lightly by noting that British beer is now so watered down...

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