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What tea drinking is to upper class Englishmen, coffee drinking is to the same class'Of-Germans', and both are what, alas! cocktail drinking is to many Americans. It is one of the few genuine surprises Americans meet with in England to find, that tea

drinking, besides being an almost- religious function in polite English society, is a habit just as slavishly followed on athletic and sporting fields. To see h muscular, bronzed, husky young giant step out of a boat on the. ILames and eagerly make for the nearest tea table ought not perhaps to seem funny, but it is.

Cricketers go from the field and rush—no, walk slowly—to a near-by booth and float 'their powerful intellects in tea,' and on every ;:,ide of the field tea is served to the spectators by tie gallon. On the lawns of the fashionable inclosurea at tha racecourses a hundred cups of tea are consumed, to one glass of champagne, and so ii: is all over the tight little island.

Xot that Englishmen do not drink as much 'spirits' as do Americans, but they do not, as a rule — and still

speaking of the upper classes —drink spirits until after their late dinners. Then they do wonderful deeds with Scorch and soda —the day of B. and S. having- departed.

There is a popular impression that absinthe is the prevailing drink among Frenchmen, and especially among those who have the leisure and inclination to loiter at the little marble-top tables in front of the boulevard. cafes. Indeed, the late afternoon is still called 'the green hour' there, but that is a tradition. Beer is the popular drink with the Idlers on the boulevard both in the afternoon and in the even more crowded evening hours. It is cheap beer, and oh, so very, very bad! and Parisians sip it as they used to sip absinthe, talcing half an hour to drink a glass.

Coffee, black, served in goolets and made syrupy with sugar, is a common drink ar the cafes, more often called for in the afternoon than the once common absinthe, and doubtless quite as harmful, for it is a strange, sad imitation of the real thing. .Another surprise foreigners meet is when they learn what their French companions, men and women, are driking at the 'Chalet dn Cycle' in the Lois de Boulogne. A party of men and women will ride up to the chalet, hot. (hasty, and thirsty, of course. They rush to a table and order something in an excitement which suggests to the observer a hurry order i'or a whisky, and the waiter serves — sugar and water! They become as hilarious over this as if they were consuming quarts of champagne.

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SOME ODDITIES IN DRINKING., Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 154, 2 July 1898, Supplement

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SOME ODDITIES IN DRINKING. Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 154, 2 July 1898, Supplement

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