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ID
b231
Title
"The Eating Match."
Genre
Story
Page Count
8
Word Count
2300
Publisher
Evening Standard
Publication Year
1956
Document Types
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories

A typically outrageous story told by Uncle Silas, interrupted by comments from his "housekeeper" ("a very tart old stick of rhubarb"), involving a boastful and large man challenged by Silas to an eating contest. Silas wins by secreting most of his food in a bag; the loser's swollen belly was so severe that they "had to keep butterin' on it for two more days." In Evening Standard (August 15, 1956), Sugar for the Horse (1957).