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KENDAL FARMERS' CLUB.................part #2
As members of the Kendal Farmers' Club, we cannot fail to take an interest in the prosperity of our good old town.  Being, as it is, a manufacturing town, that prosperity depends principally upon the high character which its manufacturers have obtained and have now held for many years past, a pre-eminence which we trust they may long continue to hold.
Without detaining you more than a few minutes, I will just mention a few articles which have made the name of Kendal so well known in the manufacturing world, and the last that I shall name will be one that will bring me at once to my subject -- "milk and its products".
We have quite sufficient to interest us in the present, though I may just allude in passing to the olden times (some people call them the good old times), when ROBIN HOOD and his men were clad in the famous Kendal-green.  They were great rogues, but anyhow they knew what was good to wear, and got the best of it, paying for it doubtless with the money out of other folks' pockets;  that is, if they didn't steal it off the tenters.
Who has not heard of Kendal-brown, equally famous in modern times with Kendal-green cloth of the old?  I don't now speak of brown cloth, but of snuff, which forms an important article in the trade of Kendal.
I suppose we may have some snuff takers in the present company, and if so they will at once recognise an old and valued friend under the name of Kendal Brown.  In every tobacconist's shop of any eminence throughout the kingdom, and for aught I know throughout the civilised world, you can obtain this much-valued commodity, and you very commonly see it advertised in large letters, showing that it is one of the chief attractions they have in the shop.
But let me warn the inexperienced snuff taker to be careful in his first approaches to it.  It is much too strong to be taken freely with impunity - the result being something more than sneezing.  Its strength is usually  described in this way:  that one good big pinch will blow the top of your head off, and possibly damage the roof of the house afterwards.
This may or may not be an exaggerated description of the strength of Kendal-brown, but anyhow you will find it uncomman strong.
By the way, I remember when as a boy, some 26 years ago, I was living in the south of France, I once saw a tobacconist's shop with this description over the door:   "Qui ne prendt pas de Tabac, n'est pas digna de vivre"  --  The literal translation of which is this......................He who doesn't take snuff is not fit to live.
If the Kendal tobacconists feel disposed to adopt this motto, they might have it a little varied in some such form as the following...................
He who is not a good taker of snuff,
You may say, without doubt, he's a regular muff.
to be continued....................................................