One of the leading New York "dudes" imagined himself dangerously ill the other day and sent his "body servant" for a physician. The medical man felt his pulse and made an inspection of his tongue, and then remarked: "Yours is a serious case, young man."
"From what am I suffering, doctor?" inquired the now alarmed "dude."
"From pointed shoes, elevated shirt collar, too-tight trousers, Newmarket coat, and general idiocy," responded Dr. Candor. "And," he continued, as he took up his hat and prepared to depart, "my advice to you is to go on a farm - a farm where you can get plenty of fresh milk!"
TheWeekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Texas), April 5, 1883, page 2.
Robert Sale-Hill’s poem, The True Origin and History of “The Dude” (The New York World, January 14, 1883) introduced the world to the word Dude, and kicked off a full-on Dude craze. A-Dude-a-Day[i] Blog is dedicated to preserving and sharing pics, pieces and poems from the early days of the Dude-craze of 1883. You can read more about the history and origin of the word Dude on my blogpost, "Dudes, Dodos and Fopdoodles" on my other blog, Early Sports 'n' Pop-Culture History Blog.