Thursday, October 10, 2013

One Solution to the Government Spending Crisis

Except a body of about four thousand cavalry, well armed, and fit to make a steady impression in battle, the rest of the army were light-armed troops, mounted on small horses, which found subsistence every where, and carried them with rapid and unexpected marches, whether they meant to commit depredations on the peaceable inhabitants, or to attack an armed enemy, or to retreat into their own country. Their whole equipage consisted of a bag of oatmeal, which, as a supply in case of necessity, each soldier carried behind him; together with a light plate of iron, on which he instantly baked the meal into a cake in the open fields. But his chief subsistence was the cattle which he seized; and his cookery was as expeditious as all his other operations. After flaying the animal, he placed the skin, loose and hanging in the form of a bag, upon some stakes; he poured water into it, kindled a fire below, and thus made it serve as a caldron for the boiling of his victuals.
I mean, why do we pay those guys anyway?

David Hume, History of England, Vol. 1b on the invasion of the Scots in the reign of Edward III.  H/t Gutenberg.


gorillameek said...

Reminds me of the old Nabokov joke:

You Gin?

One Gin.

Anonymous said...

kill a cow just to get an oatmeal cookpot? i don't know if i can eat a bowl of krogers oatmeal again and we get a lot of it in the wintertime here. is scotland independent now -- ain't been keeping up with brit stuff?