“THE HOTEL OF THE FUTURE.”

“THE HOTEL OF THE FUTURE.”

The following is the translation of an article in a Berlin paper which will convey an idea of the German estimates of the coming American hotel: “The latest American progress in building will be the ‘mammoth hotel,’ soon to be erected in the Shell Road, St. Augustine, Fla. This enormous hotel is to have a frontage of three English miles long, and a depth of six miles; the height of seventy-seven stories, will measure 3840 feet from the ground floor to the roof. The hotel will have no stairs, but 500 balloons will always be ready to take guests up to their rooms. No room waiters are to be employed, but visitors will be served by a newly-patented automaton, put up in every bedroom, which will do all shaving, shampooing, etc., for the guests by a very simple and ingenious mechanism. Supposing the guest requires hot water, the automaton will be able to call down stairs, ‘a bucket of water for room No. 13,107,’ and the water will be up in seven seconds by a patented elevator. Half an hour before table d’hdte, instead of ringing bells, a gun (twenty-four pounder) will be fired on each floor to call the guests to get ready for their meals. The tables in the dining-rooms will measure four miles each, attendancebeing performed by twelve waiters on horseback on either side of the table. Music during table d’hote will be played, gratis, by eight bands of twenty-seven men each. For the convenience of visitors a railway will be built on each floor, as well as telegraph offices. The price of one bedroom will be from $1 to $10. The cost of this building is estimated to be $680,000,000. The billiard room will contain nine hundred American, ninety-nine French and one English table, and most of the visitors are expected to be Americans. The billiard room will be fitted out with a spittoon of one hundred feet in circumference.”

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