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Favorite thing: in the second half of the 19 th century the ? gaasmenke? became an important figure in early morning Maastricht town-life. Because it was then that the gaasmenke (translated as ? gas man? ) was extinguishing the flames of the lamps that ran on the light of gas. The gaasmenke was an important part of Mastricht city scene, cuz he was omni-present. At evenings, when sunset was there, he climbed in the stairway to put the gas light into fire. With his bike he went to the next light and put it on, and so on. Scientists on the issue of Maastricht Gas men discern 2 several periods: the first one is characterized by the average man: the gaasmenke wearing casual clothes, as depicted by the famous Maastricht painter Van Randt. He depicted the gaasmenke in a casual white colour sweater, wearing back trousers and a beard with a mustache. Mainly working ? class people were doing the gas light business at that time, and the Ut Lempke was the pub where they went after work. This was exactky the issue that concerned the mayor of the city, the gaasmenkes changed their behavious: after decades it turmed out that working ? class gaasmenkes were so much fond of their ? temple of joy? ? ut lemke ? that they could not wait to get there. Thus, they went fisrt to the pub, ut Lemke- and after many frinks thys started work. This is not without danger. Louis Severein, a gaasmenke from the Stokstraatkwartier was that drunk, that he lightened one of the streetligts with a torch that he set on fire with a cigar. He went of the stairway, waving the torch and the torch fallen on the ground, after which it got in connection with the wooden house of the Winterland stand, which mean a burning on the Vrijthof, as large as a fire sea. At that moment the government decieded that gaasmenkes should de responsible, rational uppreclass people. Though, uppreclass citizines were busy in their corporations, in local government or just just parasiting on society by being aristocrats. So, what to do? Thers was only one way out: a obligatory duty for all members above 18 of upper class to do the work that gaasmenkes fail to do. The fisrt upper class gaasmene was Jan-Willem Van Nispen-tot Breedeveldt. He told the ? limbuger? the newspaper in 1888 that he was only doin the job ? because I want to set an example for the youth? following by: ? if we do it now, we can make the youth enthousiast for civil duty? By doin so he put the responsibility for gas duty on the next generation. Either upper or working class. Scholars at the uiversity nowadays still discuss the case of the gaasmenkes. Logically, there were other solutions. In stead of putting the duty on the shoulders of upper-class, one can argue that the problem would be solved if only the ? temple? Ut Lemke would not serve alacahol to gaasmenkes before they went onduty. That woyld be an easy law. So logical, but not adapted. Ph.i.Lips, a professor in labour ethics once pointed out that it was maybe the wish of local Maastricht government to have the upperclass gaasmenkes doing the duty. Because, doesn?t it look interesting and above all ? modern? when men with toxidoes and high hads climb the stairway to put on the fire in the citylights? Maybe, according to B.L. Abla ? a sociologe in labour and society, university of Utrecht, ? its is just that aspect of Maasticht, that we always want to profile. And this is not so new. Why we want more and more? We want luxurious projects, we have now the Maas-Markt project, Belvedere project is on its way. Before we had Ceramique. All glitter, bling and ? chicque? . so why not a century ago? Gaasmenke in a costume, being ? chique? made sence in that perspective. And, lets be real: the new gaasmenkes enjoyes it, because it was a way of voluntairy work as they were used to do in organisations coming from the Momus ? the temple of the ? new? gaasmenkes. But what about the ? old? gaasmenkes? They wre under-class now? Loosing their job to the snobs? Yes, that was the end of 19 th century and there was nothing to agasnt it. Well, noting? Ludo Raay was once under influence as he lest the Lemkpe ane he climbed on a stairway as one of the neauveau rich was setting the gas on fire. On the tp, a hughe fight. Raay fallen down on the ground, broke his back and was send to prison for 5 monthns. Nothing to do against autority. It was the final end of working class gaas menkes.

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  • Written Apr 15, 2009
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