In the principal German cities or towns, in public places or thoroughfares, there are established charmingly decorated "trink-halles," where carbonated beverages and light refreshments are sold by neatly attired and obliging young ladies.

We append here an illustration of the usual style of those halls, with ground-plan.

This illustration (Fig. 345) represents a "Bouvette a Eau Gazeuses" (Soda-counter) in a French saloon.

In Germany and in France the expensive and highly ornamental American dispensing apparatus are scarcely to be found, while in England they are partially introduced.

The Trinkhdlle or Bouvettes are of plainer design, however ornamental, and answer the same purpose.

This cut (Fig. 346) represents the interior of a Russian saloon, where carbonated beverages are to be dispensed. Along the wall we see numerous syrup reservoirs, within easy reach of the ladies attending to the business, while the carbonated water is drawn and dispensed at the counter. In most of such establishments, as well as in France, the whole carbonating apparatus, being directly connected with the counter, is exposed to the public, and neatly kept, which adds a great deal in gaining the confidence of the customers.

Fig. 344   French Soda Counter

Fig. 344 - French Soda Counter.