«I excelled in composition, in anything that related to language or ability of expression. I was often told in those days that I ought to become an actress. But I was poor in arithmetic, and oh, how I hated it! There were days when my brain just simply refused to work during the arithmetic period.
Gradually I perceived that the days when my brain wouldn’t work at the arithmetic period were always those on which I had had a schnappsbrödli in the morning.» (S. 95-96)
«In my time home-made wine was the common beverage at meals and between. It was, of course, before the days of the temperance crusade and the organization of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, before the advent of the prohibition movement, before Father Matthews’ total abstinence society, Francis Murphy, John B. Gough, Mother Thompson, Frances Willard and all the great prophets and prophetesses who helped to spread world-wide the gospel of temperance. I am happy to say that the W. C. T. U. has a strong organization in Switzerland [Gemeint ist wohl die Blaukreuzbewegung]. The temperance cause has made such progress there that a large percentage of the grapes grown on those fertile slopes is now made into the harmless beverage known as grape juice.» (S. 104-105)
Man sieht: die Schnapsbrötli haben Louise Patteson zu einer überzeugten Temperenzlerin gemacht (zum Begriff vgl. den Beitrag WeiachBlog Nr. 1833). Diese W.C.T.U. wurde übrigens in Cleveland, Ohio, gegründet, derselben Stadt, die zur Heimat der schreibenden Weiacherin wurde.
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