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There are viable signs of no uncertain kind (says the “ Lancet”) that alcohol, as a beverage, is not likely' in future to have quite its own way' even in the Metropolis. Coffee-taverns and coffee-tavern companies are being established now at a rapid rate, and, as far as wo can judge, have worked vcr.y successfully'. But before these places were much thought of—i. e. , about two years ago—those who looked about them might have observed in the windows and at the bars of most public-houses, eatinghouses, and ginshopa, more or loss conspicuous advertisements of several varieties of s- >-callcd lime juice beverages. We have at tfie present moment before us examples of several of this kind, and there is in doubt that particularly during the warmer months (though these by the way, are now few and far between), lime juice and its components constitute among the metropolitan public an exceedingly popular drink. Most people have had, or think they have had, at one time of life some variety of cutaneous affection, which often takes the convenient synonym of scurvy'. And as the latter disease was not many years since much written and talked about in connection with the mercantile marine, and still more, two years ago, in connection with the Royal Navy, we cannot be much surprised at the success of those who endeavor for commercial purposes to promote the sale of such drinks. It seems, however, that they do not moot with the unqualified approval of publicans, or rather of distillers and brewers. The former are now absolutely compelled to keep them, to sell them, and to advertise them. But, if we are correctly informed, the poor man’s friend in the shape of the licensed victualler, depreciates the imbibition of lime-juice in any form whatever. He sells it because the inevitable law of commerce—i. e., of supply and demand—compels him to do so. But he will toll the individual who asks for a glass, that it promotes acidity of the stomach, that it deranges the kidneys, congests the liver, corrodes the intestinal canal, and so on, and then the customer is told that ho had better keep to the old glass of “bitter,” or “ gin,” etc. Being tolerably certain that the reports as to this sort of gossip are substantially correct, wo counsel the public to turn a deaf ear to such elaborate and and ignorant nonsense, and to drink their limejnice whenever and wherever they list. There are with this, as with other liquids, pure and unadulterated varieties, and as to this matter they must, of course, use their own judgement. But they may be assured that, as a rule, lime juice is. particularly during the summer, a far more wholesome drink than any form of alcohol, and that, say an ounce or two of the pure juice in a tumbler of really cold water, sweetened to taste, is about the pleasantest beverage that can be taken when the thermometer is over 05 degrees or 70 degrees Farenheit. We commend this drink to the coffee-tavern companies, but recommend them to procure the best West India limsjuice, as more wholesome than any mixture containing other ingredients.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 50, 20 January 1880

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LIMEJUICE V. ALCOHOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 50, 20 January 1880