Gaut is an old printer custom, with which an apprentice is submerged after existed final examination in the context of an acquittal ceremony in a and/or set on a wet sponge.
In addition a description from that 17. Century: "Wolan it must make that merry for rough pig/planed with sonderm diligence seyn/farmhand Hilff me." And after some Schabernack had been already driven: "Now it is the bad tooth gives out the Pommad' ago my Compan/the beard it to paint: On that the beautiful young remote farmhand everyone it regards quite the Hund' it also beseichen".
To a Gautschakt belong the Gautschmeister, the first and second packman as the sponge owner. Usually there is still another different number at witnesses, who state their presence also on the Gautschbrief by signature. Wet it goes also today still too and ago, if one gegautscht. But not only the becomes wet, but often also the packmen and the spectators.
On the call of the Gautschmeisters "packs on!" the young is seized, set into with water filled a tub or, if one wants to make it less drastic, on a sponge full-soaked with water. With some printering for the baptism also in the proximity of the enterprise of lying wells one consults. Anyhow it must be ensured at least that the back part is duly dampened. Since however the young resists often courageously, strikes themselves and bites over, the Anpacken does not succeed often always on the first attack. The more it resists, the more becomes it also still down begossen from above, so that the young at the whole body becomes pudelnass. Occasionally that is regarded Gaut also as symbolic measure, in order to wash the bad habits off from training.
During the Gautschens the sponge owner holds a launige speech by the young and the standing around public. "PACKS ON! LEAVE ITS CORPUS POSTERIOR TO FALLING DOWN ON THIS WET SPONGE/TO TRIEFEN BOTH BUNDLES. THE THIRST GENES SOUL GIVE A STURTZBAD ABOVE DRAUF/THAT IS TO THE SON OF GOOD MOUNTAIN THE BEST ONE BAPTIZE "
In addition the text of a Gautschbriefes the VEB graphic institutes for art in Leipzig from 28 June 1952. "Of good mountain grace thun we younger good mountain with Leipzig everyone our art comrades kund and to know/the fact that to the young of the probably-noble typography Eckert, Paul after old custom and coming heut with presence associate untbenamster Offizin land on water on ad posteriora received and thus into all us of the emperor Friedrich of IIITH verliehenene rights and privileges is Kraft the same we order to all our art comrade obenbenamsten younger good mountain than respectable black artist and legal associate to recognize. "
In another Gautschbrief from Berne around 1900 it means: themselves the old art use to honour, it neither nor resist. Received the usual three impacts on the ass. And zappelte thereby like a Barsch. Whereupon it paid brightly and without the long-known Gautschhonorar."