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III. The Usui Pass. The first object to catch my eye, when the
shoji were pushed apart, the next morning, was a string of the
ubiquitous paper fish, dangling limp in the motionless May air from
a pole in a neighboring yard; highly suggestive of having just been
caught for breakfast. The sight would have been painfully prophetic
but for the food we had brought with us; for, of all meals, a
Japanese breakfast is the most cold, the most watery, and the most
generally fishy in the world. As it was, breakfast consisted of
pathetic copies of consecrated originals. It might have been
excellent but for the canned milk. No doubt there are persons who
are fond ofcanned milk; but, for my part, I loathe it. The effect
of the sweetish glue upon my inner man is singularly nauseating. I
have even been driven to drink my matutinal coffee in all its
after-dinner strength rather than adulterate it with the mixture.
You have, it is true, the choice of using the stuff as a dubious
paste, or of mixing it with water into a non-committal wash; and,
whichever plan you adopt, you wish you had adopted the other. Why
it need be so unpalatably cloying is not clear to my mind. They
tell me the sugar is needed to preserve the milk. I never could
make out that it preserved anything but the sugar. Simply to see
the stuff ooze out of the hole in the can is deterrent. It is
enough to make one think seriously at times of adding a good milch
cow to his already ample trip encumber- ment, at the certain cost
of delaying the march, and the not improbable chance of being taken
for an escaped lunatic. Indeed, to the Japanese mind, to be seen
solemnly preceding acaravan of cattle for purposes of diet would
certainly suggest insanity. For cows in Japan are never milked.
Dairy products, consequently, are not to be...
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