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- n. A type of Victorian seltzer-bottle, which consisted of two mesh-encased glass globes arranged so that a reaction between tartaric acid and sodium bicarbonate produced carbon dioxide gas which carbonated the enclosed beverage and expelled it through a siphon valve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as gazogene.
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Lovers of these stories — can we not call them addicts? — often note that part of their appeal lies in their comfortingly familiar atmospheres: Holmes and Watson's rooms on Baker Street, with the "gasogene" (whatever that is) and the Persian slipper filled with pipe tobacco, or Wolfe's townhouse on West 35th, with its kitchen on the first floor and its plant rooms on the roof.
He rose and went over to the cabinet, rattled bottles, and added a swoosh from the old-fashioned gasogene to his glass, then came back and stretched his long legs out to the cold fireplace.
So I went to an oculist, and he turned a gasogene -- I mean a gas-engine -- into my eye.
With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner.
Or were Messrs. Cunningham and Starrett attempting to recapture a night "out of the irrecoverable past," the two of them curled up in the recesses of easy chairs, garbed in dressing gowns and smoking long cherrywood pipes, the glow of cannel coal in the grates, the blinds drawn, the echo of ghostly cabs seeping in from the mist and fog outside, the gasogene (or its contemporary equivalent) doing double duty - all in some Chicago version of 221B Baker Street?
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