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TEA IN RUSSIA.

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TEA IN RUSSIA. The Russians fight almost wholly upon tea: brandy is rarely used, except in the hospitals," writes the cor- respondent of, a contemporary. It is not always, how- ever, consumed in the way familiar to Western Europe. The Cossacks, like their brethren, the Calmucks, often carry it about in the shape of bricks, or rather tiles, which, before hardening, is soaked in blood, and boiled in milk, with the addition of flour, butter, and salt, so as, in fact, to constitute a kind of soup—not a very tempting concoction to think of, perhaps, but, no doubt, highly nourishing. The passion of the Musco- vite for this beverage is simply astonishing. In the depth of winter, after closing firmly all the windows— not to keep the cold out. but to keep the warmth in" —of a crowded tea-room, he will empty twenty cups in succession, at nearly boiling point, until be perspires at every pore, and then, in a state of intense excitement, rush out, roll in tho snow, get up, and go on to the next similar place of entertainment. So with the army. With every group or circle of tents travels the invariable Samovar, or tea-cauldron, suspended from a tripod; and it would be vain to think of computing how many times a soldier's pannikin is filled upon a halt. It is his first idea. Frequently he carries it cold. as a solace upon the march. It is his dram and if he takes, at distant intervals of time, a sip of that pernicious compound, of melancholy memory to all who have sojourned in the Black Forest, and called White Brandy," he is ac- counted as little better than a sot by his comrades. And yet the English, who are regarded as a peculiarly tea- drinking people—as they are, in fact, in comparison with the French and all other Continental nations- have never to this day appreciated the stimulating powers of the Chinese leaf when used in large quanti- ties. It revives the fainting trooper, suffices for the jaded recruit, staggering under the weight of his kit, and even stands as a substitute for "grog" to the sailors of the Black and Baltic Seas. Millions of pounds' weight, therefore, are carried with the army and with the navy, and in the latter it is said to be a great pre- ventative of scurvy. Whether it be a question of cli- mate or of natural constitution must be left for wiser men than those of Gotham to decide.

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